Women in Film & Video – New England is pleased to announce a new Board member, Ingrid Stobbe. Ms. Stobbe joins the Board effective October 15, 2019.
Ingrid Stobbe is an award-winning Visual Media Artist and Educator. She creates a diverse range of artwork including both narrative and experimental pieces that address the medium itself as a vital component of effective storytelling. Her work poses questions of self-identity, feminism, and perception while continually investigating the most effective manner to convey meaning in artistic dialogue; whether that finds expression in film, paint or writing is dependent on the nature of individual stories. Her work often exists at the intersection of genres, asking consistent engagement from the viewer as questions arise concerning the relationship between presentation and observation. But always, the art maintains and celebrates the unique properties of the included mediums while commenting on form and its implications in storytelling.
Ms. Stobbe’s films have screened and exhibited nationally and internationally, and recently featured in Boston Voyager Magazine, and Palaver Journal. Her writing can be found in a variety of publications, including Psychology Tomorrow and The Glossary. This fall, her film Orange can be seen in SoAnyway Magazine’s 2nd Volume, while select paintings were recently chosen for “The Art Edit,” Condé Nast’s curated fall advertorial campaign showcasing independent two-dimensional artists in House & Garden, UK.
Ms. Stobbe is also an Assistant Professor of Digital Filmmaking at Lesley University’s College of Art & Design in Cambridge, and previously served on the Marketing Committee for the Metropolitan New York Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women. An active member of Women in Film & Video New England, she has comprehensive experience designing curricula for the visual arts, and has spoken at various institutions about media production’s evolving landscape, and its broader social impact.
Joining the WIFVNE board “provides a wonderful opportunity to create a solidified bridge between WIFVNE and its resources, and those of the media students in the areas of Cambridge, Boston and the greater New England area,” remarks Ms. Stobbe. “As a professor of higher education, I teach classes in film, video and television studio production. And one of the greatest struggles my students consistently face is ‘Now what? What do I do in the real world with these skills and these films I have created?’”
WIFVNE President Alecia Orsini welcomes Ms. Stobbe’s enthusiasm and willingness to lead an effort to connect the New England filmmaking community with new and future filmmakers. “WIFVNE’s board is a working board and we welcome Ingrid’s creativity and thoughts on how we can serve students now so they can begin creating their networks, connecting to opportunities, and developing their skills in filmmaking and media arts. As part of WIFVNE’s Mission to ‘Change the Lens,’ we would like to develop events and initiatives that will support students to develop their talents and stories in New England.”
The impact of Ms. Stobbe’s charge on WIFVNE’s efforts in the education space is key to fostering community early. “This is a fantastic developmental opportunity for students, and I’d love to use my connections in higher education and the arts to help make that happen…. Establishing a way to connect students and the professional community together, so that there are resources for each party–creatively, socially, and also on a practical level economically–, we enable artists to sustain themselves in the New England region rather than losing creatives to LA or New York.”