New York University
Tisch School of the Arts
Kanbar Institute of Film and Television

John Canemaker was a tenured full professor at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, where he began teaching animation in 1980, one year after the animation program was established, until his retirement in 2022.

Canemaker has been executive director of the animation program since 1988 and was Acting Chair of the NYU Undergraduate Film and Television Department from 2001-2002.  In 2009, he was awarded the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award “for exceptional teaching inside and outside the classroom.”

As an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, highly respected animation historian and writer, Canemaker has deep conections to the world of animation, and had invited many prominent figures, representing the industry as well as the independent scene, to the animation program.

Guest speakers have included, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Roy Disney, Chuck Jones, Nick Park, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Marc Davis, Andreas Deja, Pete Docter and Faith Hubley.

The John Canemaker Animation Collection, part of the Fales Collection in Bobst Library at New York University, is an archival resource that opened to scholars and students in 1989.

Canemaker has also been a guest professor/lecturer at many schools, including Yale, Filmakademie Baden-Württemburg, The Kansas City Art Institute, The Ghetto Film School, Savannah College of Art and Design, among others.

In 2009, during his sabbatical year, John Canemaker inaugurated the guest teaching program at  The Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland.  He created a two-week curriculum of lectures on action analysis and animation history, as well as advising senior student on their projects.


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