Meg KnowlesDirector of Technology
Department of Media Study
Years at UB: 1992-present
Marguerite "Meg" Knowles is known for her documentary and experimental video work, which has been shown internationally. She has been featured in a number of film festivals including the Cultural Film Festival in Budapest (2003) and exhibited in such respected museums as the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (1993) and the Museum of Modern Art (1999).
She has received grants for her work from the National Endowment for Humanities, and the New York State Council on the Arts.
Currently Knowles is Director of Technology in the Department of Media Study and a lecturer, teaching graduate and undergraduate media production courses. She is on the department's Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and its Film/Video Collection Committee. She also serves on the University's CASET Technology Advisory Committee.
In 2003, she was the recipient of the Chancellors Award for Excellence in Professional Service. At that time, the non-teaching portion of her job in Media Study was described:
"Over the past six years, Marguerite (Meg) Knowles has been instrumental in the procurement and installation of and training for more than $1 million worth of media equipment that facilitates media-study faculty and students' work in film, video and digital arts. She oversees staff, maintenance and repair for all media equipment, labs and studios, as well as the department's internship program."
-- University at Buffalo press release, "12 at UB receive SUNY Chancellor's Awards," 7/1/2003
In 1982, Knowles graduated from Vassar College with a bachelor's degree in art history. She earned her masters degree in media studies and art history from UB in 1994. In 2002, she received a M.F.A. from Temple University in film and video arts.
She is a member of the Termite TV Collective, the Evolutionary Girls Club, and Buffalo's 8mm News Collective. She has served on the Board of Directors of Squeaky Wheel / Buffalo Media Resources since 1998. She also serves on the selection committee for the MadCat Women's International Film Festival.
In 2001 Knowles produced a small film, "Progress," which juxtaposes Thomas Edison's historic film from the Pan-American Exhibition in 1901 called "A Trip Around the World" with clips of interviews of present day Buffalonians' giving their thoughts of what Buffalo might be like in the year 2101.