M.F.A. The University of Montana
Jason Gutzmer is a father, a husband, and a traveler, but is best known at the U of M as an educator and visual artist--visual because most of what he does you can look at. From a broad range of cinematography for both fiction and nonfiction to painting constructions, performance art, public art installations, digital art and design, Jason’s enthusiasm for creating culture, art, and teaching have led him from the Rockies to the Amazon, where he taught classes and led workshops in diverse realms of art.
After receiving a B.F.A. in Fine Arts and working in everything from dance to photography, but better known as a painter, he left to work as an educator and performance artist in Latin America. In 1996 in Nicaragua, he ended up holding a bounce for a documentary film and he was hooked. There in Latin America, he began working in documentary films which, after seven years, led him back to academia to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts in Media Arts. In addition to working on many films as director of photography and producing much of his own work, including a feature-length nonfiction movie shot in 2006 in Brazil, he also enjoyed teaching courses in Video Production, Digital Editing, and Digital Art. Jason’s credo… “Get out of the box!”