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Miguel Angel Tarango is a multimedia artist, documentary filmmaker, and professor of film and art. He has shown work as a solo artist and as part of a collaborator in several groups. In 2016, he was invited to participate in a groundbreaking LatinX art show at the University of Denver’s Mhyren Gallery and gave a talk with several other artists regarding their contributions to the art show. He regularly gives talks covering his own art and film work and is an expert on the topic of multimedia art, digital art, and Pre-Columbian art. He has taught at several universities and art schools gives museum tours and volunteers for social justice issues. In early 2018, he finished a two-year social media film project with the Redlands Bowl Performing Arts utilizing a grant from the Irvine Foundation, which can be found at guatemalanarts.org. Miguel is currently directing a series of extras and creating original music scores and electronic sound design for a new production of DVDs that began releasing in 2019 and in 2020 completed a documentary covering his good friend and yoyo/spin top champion, Jon Gates in Iceland. He recently completed work on a documentary telling the story of a man living in a small town in Iowa that will be shown in the permanent exhibition at the Belle Plaine Museum. He has been a small business owner since 2009 and is currently the owner of Gato Feliz Media, LLC. Miguel joined the DMACC Video Production Program as the lead instructor and teaches video production at Des Moines Area Community College on the Ankeny Campus.
Teaches: MMS 480 – Video Production 1Producer/Director at Iowa Public Television
Travis Graven is a producer at Iowa Public Television. He helps produce and report for Iowa Press, Iowa Outdoors, IPTV’s Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union state championships coverage, documentaries and various live broadcasts throughout the year. He also hosts special programs and on-air fundraising segments and does occasional voiceover work for stories and programs.
Prior to IPTV, Travis was the multimedia and visuals editor at The Des Moines Register, a reporter/photojournalist at KCCI-TV, and a radio news anchor and disc jockey at KDLS-AM/FM. In addition to teaching at DMACC, Travis has taught multimedia journalism classes at Simpson College and AIB College of Business. He serves on the national advisory board for the Wartburg College Department of Journalism and Communication (his alma mater) and is a high school basketball official during the winter. Travis has over 13 years of experience in video and multimedia production.