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Dmitry Kmelnitsky

Associate Professor of Studio Arts, College of Communication and Fine Arts


Associate Professor of Studio Arts




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Dmitry Kmelnitsky is an Associate Professor of Multimedia Arts within the Studio Arts program at Loyola Marymount University. He is also the founding director of Lustre, an interdisciplinary art studio that develops work for the gallery, the screen, the stage and the city. These works include video art installations and environmental projections, concert visuals, music videos and animated digital films. Kmelnitsky's diverse artistic repertoire explores the fusion of myth, memory, culture and transcendent states through creative media transformation of surface, form and space. In addition to his artistic repertoire, Dmitry Kmelnitsky is also a composer and music producer, under the name "Kemell", with credits on diverse video, animation, and multimedia projects.

Kmelnitsky's creative work has been featured in numerous online publications and art reviews as well as in Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and CNN, and has been exhibited widely at venues such as: Art Platform, Art Basel, Glow-Santa Monica, Boston Jewish Music Festival, Autumn Lights, Athens Video Art Festival, ISEA, 404 Festival of Electronic Art, Optronica, Digital Graffiti, Festival Miden, Nanjing Institute of Visual Arts Museum, Archaeological Museum of Messenia, Bell-Roberts Contemporary Art Gallery, e4c media gallery, Niche.LA Video Art, Gallery 825, Club Glo, Vibiana, The Standard Hotel, Highways Performance Space, John Anson Ford Theatre, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Grand Performances, Los Angeles Theater Center.


University of California, Los Angeles

M.F.A., Design & Media Arts


University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Art History



Areas of Expertise

Media ArtsArt DirectionCreative DirectionInstallation DesignProjection DesignMotion GraphicsGraphic DesignMultimedia DesignVideo ProductionVisual Effects & CompositingArt & Design FundamentalsAudio ProductionMusic CompositionSound Design3D Design

Industry Expertise

  • Education/Learning
  • Media Production
  • Audio Visual
  • Design


Best of Show Award | professional

Best of Show Award for "Lure of the Sirens", Digital Graffiti Festival. Alys Beach, Florida.



  • Los Angeles Art Association
  • American Society of Composers Authors & Publishers (ASCAP)
  • Multiplex Dance

Media Appearances

LandEscape Art Review Anniversary Edition 2015

LandEscape Art Review  print

I seek to create multi-dimensional poetry that opens portals onto the transcendent by applying artistic vision, creative expression and innovative uses of technology to the interplay of physical, virtual, musical and visual forms...

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Stigmart VideoFocus Special Edition ESP

Stigmart Artpress  print

SOURCE is an audio-visual meditation on the mystical origins of creation and future states of consciousness. This short motion graphics film presents a coded ambient journey laden with inspiration from quantum physics, Kabbalah, and science fiction. SOURCE is a prologue for the multichannel multimedia installation "SPaRks" that is a larger investigation of the theme of creation...

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The Dig Review - Dark Secrets of the Heart

Splash Magazines  online


Playwright and actor Stacie Chaiken stars in this unusual and riveting one-woman play about genetics, archaeology, and how the past affects the present - and even the future. Chaiken began work on this piece in 2003, when she made her first trip to Israel and became intrigued by the findings of archaeologists who were digging everywhere in the country attempting to link DNA and history. What made the process even more challenging was that, rather than the soft tissue normally used when studying genes, geneticists were forced to trace DNA from mere bone fragments found in ancient sites...

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