Los Angeles, California
Candace Reckinger teaches at the USC School of Cinematic Arts in the Division of Animation & Digital Arts, and also teaches production courses. She is a visual artist, but discovered her passion for moving images while studying anthropology. She grew up in Chicago and moved to California to work toward an MFA in Film and TV at UCLA. She began showing experimental work at festivals and galleries internationally. With her husband, Michael Patterson, she directed music videos and TV spots for 10 years. Their first project was the groundbreaking "Take on Me" animated music video by a-ha. Reckinger and Patterson went on to work with such artists as Sting, Suzanne Vega, Paula Abdul, and X, and won a Grammy for their "Opposites Attract" video featuring animated character MC Skat Kat.
Reckinger is currently working on a three-screen installation titled "Paradise." Her approach to teaching animation and production is hybrid, combining digital, handmade, and live-action work with a keen sensibility to form and content, as well as an emphasis on design and editing.