Douglas Hudson has been making music and film since the mid-80s, teaching since 2000. Most notably, he designed and founded the animation department for the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004. Currently, he teaches full time and is chair of animation at KCAI.
His graduates work throughout the industry and have earned many honors and distinctions, including a Student Academy Award in 2010. Additionally, many have gone on to earn graduate degrees from top colleges, including Cal Arts, USC, and UCLA.
Hudson earned a MFA in Experimental Animation from Cal Arts in 2000 (under the mentorship of Jules Engel, Suzan Pitt, William Moritz, Raimund Krumme, and Maureen Selwood) and a BFA in Animation from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 1997 (under the mentorship of Sheila Sofian, David Fain, Lowell Boston, and Peter Rose). At Warner Brothers Online in Los Angeles (2000-2001), he was a member of the first team of animators to bring the iconic "Looney Tunes" characters to the internet via a series of original Flash-based webtoons as well as animating for the DC Comics series, "Gotham Girls" and "Lobo".
Whether mentoring or making, Doug is deeply committed to instilling and exalting the independent spirit of experimental creative practice. He is currently in production on a stop-motion film about a lost parade (starring over 1000 vintage and antique toys).