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William Pappenheimer

Associate Professor
Department Chairperson

Dyson College of Arts & Sciences


  • @New York City


Will Pappenheimer is an artist and professor at Pace University, New York and a founding member of the Manifest.AR collective. Individually and as part of Manifest.AR he has exhibited in solo shows at the ICA in Boston, Kasa Gallery, Istanbul, the DUMBO Arts Festival, Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles, Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, PA, Pace University and Pocket Utopia Gallery in New York, and the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, MI. Together with the Manifest.AR collective, he staged to highly publicized interventions the Museum of Modern Art, NY and 54th Venice Biennial. His work has been included in numerous group shows nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Exit Art, Florence Lynch, Postmasters, Vertexlist, DUMBO Arts Festival in NY, San Jose Museum of Art in ISEA 06/ZeroOne, Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zurich, the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Ireland for ISEA 09, FILE 2005 at the SESI Art Gallery, Sao Paulo and Xi'an Academy of Art Gallery in China. His grants include an NEA Artist Fellowship, Traveling Scholars Award from School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Turbulence.org, Rhizome,org at the New Museum, Lights On Tampa 2009, and FACT, Liverpool. His work and participation in Manifest.AR has been reviewed in Art in America, New York Times, WIRED, the Boston Globe, EL PAIS, Madrid, Liberation, Paris, NY Arts International, Art US, the New, Magazine Électronique du CIAC, Montreal, MSNBC.com and ZedTV, Canadian Broadcasting. The artist's works are discussed in Christiane Paul's recent historical edition of “Digital Art” and a chapter of Gregory Ulmer's theoretical book “Electronic Monuments.” He has presented his work recently at the Eyebeam Atelier, the New Museum, the ITP Graduate Program, New York University and the College Art Association in New York, empyre online discussion list, Australia and ETH Computer Systems Institute, Zurich, Switzerland. For March, 2013, he's organizing a solo exhibition of the ManifestAR collective at FACT, the Foundation for Art and Technology in Liverpool, UK.


BA , Harvard

MFA , Tufts University , Boston
Museum School


Pappenheimer, W. D., Bosco, R. & Caldana, S. (2016, June 20). "Otra realidad es posible" / "Another reality is possible". http://www.fundacionaquae.org/blog/otra-realidad-es-posible

Pappenheimer, W. D. & , . (2016, February 05). "Assemblage and Décollage in Virtual Public Space". , pages 9 Pages. http://conference.collegeart.org/programs/augmented-reality-inventionreinvention-2/

Pappenheimer, W. D. & Marketing and Communications, D. (2015, November 1). "Dyson Professor Gives Reality A Makeover, "Leadership, Pace University. Vol Winter 2015 , pages 12.

Pappenheimer, W. D. & , D. (2015, November 1). "Last Hurrah: A Digital Trip through the Whitney Museum," Dyson Year In Review 2014-2015. Vol 2014-2015 , pages 18.

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2015, September 16). "Proxy 5-WMA2" acquisition for permanent collection by Whitney Museum.

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2015, September 15). "Ways of Something" video segment. Vol Part 4 (Issue NA) , pages NA.

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2015, May 12). Digital Art - art historical text - SFMOMA AR, Dose, Manifest.AR, and Virta-Flaneurazine. (Issue 3rd Edition) , pages 3 illustrations, 3 pages, book total - 256 pages. http://www.thamesandhudson.com/Digital_Art/9780500203989

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2015, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 12). Clocktower Radio Show - AR: Augmented Reality. Vol 6 (Issue 13) , pages 33:33 minutes. http://clocktower.org/show/ar-augmented-reality

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2015, February 26). Hallucinogenic Hyperrealities - Artists and Algorists Blog. Vol blog (Issue February) , pages 50+. http://artistsandalgorists.com

Pappenheimer, W. D. & Golightly, L. (2015, January (1st Quarter/Winter) 26). Creative Augmented Reality App in San Francisco: Reimagining the SFMOMA. Vol January, 2016 , pages 1. http://theglobalgrid.org/creative-augmented-reality-app-in-san-francisco-reimagining-the-sfmoma/

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2014, November 21). I Got High on an Augmented Reality Drug at the Whitney Museum Vogue Magazine. , pages 1. http://www.vogue.com/4675359/augmented-reality-drug-proxy-will-pappenheimer-whitney-museum/

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2014, November 20). Saying Goobye to the Old Whitney Museum with a Digital Drug Trip - Hyperallergic Blog. Vol ongoing (Issue ongoing) , pages 1. http://hyperallergic.com/163849/saying-goobye-to-the-old-whitney-museum-with-a-digital-drug-trip/

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2014, November 20). Scene Last Night: Graffiti at Trippy Whitney Farewell - Bloomberg Business Report. Vol ongoing (Issue ongoing) , pages 1. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-11-20/scene-last-night-

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2014, June 20). Re-collection, Bufo Colonies, Manifest.AR. Vol 1 , pages 42-45 0f 312pp. http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/re-collection


Pappenheimer, W. D. (2016, February 5). College Art Association, New Media Caucus. Assemblage and Décollage in Virtual Public Space. College Art Association, Washington, DC

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2015, September 2). Artist Talk with honorarium, Art Institute of Chicago. Artist Presentation - Augmented Reality works. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Pappenheimer, W. D. & Fedorova, K. (2015, August 18). ISEA 2015, 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art. Augmented Reality Art and Proprioception: Towards a Theoretical Framework. ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, Canada

Pappenheimer, W. D. & Wright, R. (2015, August 14). ISEA 2015, 21st International Symposium on Electronic Art. Mobile Augmented Reality Art and the Politics of Re-assembly. ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, Canada

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2014, December 7). Hypersalon, Miami Basel Art Fair. Recent Works. TRANSFER Gallery/XPO Gallery/Hyperallergic Blog, Miami Beach, FL

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2014, January 14). Shared Spaces- Social Media Artist & Museum Structures, Whitney Museum. Artists Works and Collaborations in Augmented Reality. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY


Will Pappenheimer is an artist and critical writer working in new media installation and multi-media. His recent projects utilize home surveillance networks participatory media and information aesthetics.


“Dance with flamingos," group AR show, Queens Museum curated by Kristin Lucas
[Art - Exhibition, Group] Queens International 2016, Brooklyn, New York, USA

"Bufo Virtanus Heroicus Sublimis"/"Cat Heroicus Sublimis"
[Online Group Exhibition] NewHive, curated by Tina Sauerlaender and Peggy Schoenegge

"Halo" and "Dose"/"Lugano Virtuale,"at the Longlake Festival , CH
[Art - Arts Festival] Long lake Festival, Città di Lugano, CH, Lugano, CH

"Watch The Sky," artwork for Flux Art Fair 2016, NYC
[Art - Exhibition, Group] Flux Art Fair 2016, New York, New York, USA

"Drawing Constellation"/"If This, Then What?" ODETTA Gallery
[Art - Exhibition, Group] ODETTA Gallery, Brooklyn, New York, USA

'Immersive Worlds Art Exhibition," two person show
[One day exhibition/performance of augmented reality] New Media Art Space, Baruch College, New York, New York, USA

"Dose"/"Prizing Art and Praising Science," group show in Shanghai
[Art - Exhibition, Group] hinese Financial Information Center and Fudan University, Shanghai, China

"NARGIFSUS," group video screening at TRANSFER Gallery
[Art - Exhibition, Group] TRANSFER Gallery, New York, New York, USA

"Are We Global Yet? The Art and Politics of Public Space (including the virtual)," Anderson Fine Arts Center
[Art - Exhibition, Group] Drake University, Anderson Fine Arts Center, DeMoines, IOwa

"Ways of Something," The Wrong Biennial
[Art - Exhibition, Invitational] Online, International

"WiMet Spinners," solo show, Metro Stations, City of Lausanne
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person] Virtuale Switzerland, City of Lausanne Tourism, Swiss Arts Council, Lausanne, Switzerland

"Ways of Something," Art Institute of Chicago
[Art - Exhibition, Group] Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois US

"Virtual Switzerland," Part 1, Basel
[Art - Exhibition, Invitational] Virtuale Switzerland, Basel, Switzerland

"Proxy, 5-WM2A," Whitney Museum, NYC, solo show
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person] Whitney Museum of American Art, curated by Christiane Paul, New York, New York, USA

"Biomer Skelters," ISEA, Dubai, UAE
[Art - Arts Festival] collaboration with Tamiko Thiel,, ISEA, International Symposium on Electronic Art, Dubai, United Arab Emerites

"Fishing In The Sky," Lawn On D, Boston Convention Center
[Art - Exhibition, Group] Artlab, Lawn On D, Boston Convention Center, Boston, MA

"Climate March Sky," Climate March, NYC
[Art - Arts Festival] Will Pappenheimer and Zachary Brady,, AVAAZ, New York, NY

"SFMOMA AR Expansion," San Francisco museum of Modern Art
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person] Will Pappenheimer and John Craig Freeman,, SFMOMA, San Francisco museum of Modern Art

"Double Space, Opportunity Rover Too," Pace University
[Art - Exhibition, One-Person] Pace University,Peter Fingestin Gallery, New York, NY

Hans RichtAR, "Hans Richter: Encounters," Los Angeles County Museum of Art
[Art - Exhibition, Group] Will Pappenheimer and John Craig Freeman,, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Grants, Contracts and Sponsored Research

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2014, November 19). Proxy 5-WM2A and Skywrite AR.
Whitney Museum of American Art , Private , $5,000.00 . Funded,Two works, Proxy, 5-WM2A is a virtual “designer drug” specifically and Skywrite AR commissioned for the 2014 Whitney Gala and Studio Party, Nov 19

Pappenheimer, W. D. (2014, August 11). "Fishing in the Sky".
Artlab Lawn On D , Private , $1,250.00 . Funded,“Fishing in the Sky” is a virtual public artwork created for the new park at the Boston Convention and Events Center. The work uses a custom mobile application, Skywrite AR, to create and view large-scale phrases in augmented reality vapor trails located high above the South Boston park. The texts for this project appear as common sayings rewritten to evoke an interplay of the area's history, its economic aspirations and possible future sea change. New texts will be added daily as previous entries accumulate in the surrounding skies. For special events at the BCEC Park, participants will be able to use the mobile application to draw and write imagery to add to the project.


  • Clocktower Radio [Radio], April 13 2015
    Show Title - AR: Augmented Reality - Featured an interview with Art & Technology host Daniel Durning. The show covers the world of AR, Augmented Reality, with artists Will Pappenheimer and Patrick Lichty, founding members of Manifest.AR. In this program they discuss the spectacular AR experience created by Pappenheimer for the 2014 Whitney Museum gala and an overlay of the deep VR/AR creation that Lichty has created and the article he published in the MIT journal Leonardo on the subject.


  • Dyson Safety Committee [Committee Member]
    Desc: Represent and negotiate Safety issues for the Department of Art and Art History. Particular concerns around the areas of sculpture lab and photographic darkroom.
    Committee's Key Accomplishments: Committee Reviewed New/Updated EH&S Programs, monitor any incidents, report on regulatory inspections, address laboratory renovations, review internal lab safety survey, fume hood maintain its, emergency showers and minors in labs or shops. For my department we addressed issues of photographic darkroom chemicals, clarified insurance issues with sculpture shop insurance and discussed the urgent need for qualified sculpture shop monitors to provide needed for student work hours.
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