Meredith Drum is an interdisciplinary artist working with video, animation, installation, augmented reality, and various modes of public participation. Her projects center around the cultivation of care for others, both humans and non-humans. She is influenced by socialist feminism, cinema history, swimming in the ocean, climate justice, multispecies anthropology, cultural studies, walking in the woods, science fiction, riding bikes with loved ones, contemporary visual culture, and her family, friends, and cats.
The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, CEC Arts Link, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, iLand (Interdisciplinary Lab for Art, Nature + Dance), the Wassaic Project, the Experimental Television Center, ChaNorth, ISSUE Project Room, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, Wave Farm Transmission Arts with the New York State Council on the Arts, and others have supported Drum’s work with grants and residencies.
She exhibits frequently in New York City, her former home, at a variety of venues including a solo screening in 2020 at Microscope Gallery, as well as group exhibitions and screenings at Anthology Film Archives, Radiator Gallery, Light Year, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Bronx Museum, and Underwater NY and Works on Water on Governors Island. Internationally, her research and art work have been part of Visible Evidence 2022 in Gdańsk, Poland; the International Symposium of Electronic Arts (ISEA) 2022 in Barcelona; ISEA 2020 in Montreal; ISEA 2018 in Durban, South Africa; Society for Art, Literature and Science 2018 in Copenhagen; ISEA 2017 in Manizales, Colombia; ISEA 2013 in Dubai; and Museo Valenciano de la Illustracion y la Modernidad in Valencia, ES among other places.
Drum earned her MFA in Digital Arts and New Media at the University of California Santa Cruz in 2011 where she studied with Helen and Newton Harrison, Soraya Murray, Jennifer González, Irene Gustafson, Jennifer Parker, Irene Lusztig, Warren Sack, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Karen Barad, Derek Conrad Murray, and Sharon Daniel.
She has had a long history as an educator which has had a strong impact on her creative initiatives. For twelve years, between 1997 and 2009, she worked with public high school students in New York City on art, video, animation, and creative writing initiatives with a social justice focus through a range of organizations including the DreamYard’s A.C.T.I.O.N. Project in the Bronx, the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, Urban Arts Partnership in Manhattan, and Teachers & Writers in Queens.
Teaching at the University level, she was a visiting assistant professor at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn 2012-2013 and between 2013-2019 she was an assistant professor at Arizona State University where she earned tenure in 2019.
Missing the East Coast, Drum left Arizona in 2019 and is now an Associate Professor in the School of Visual Art at Virginia Tech. With her husband, artist Mitch Miller, and their cats, Cleo and George, she lives in a house that Mitch built for them in the forest.