Juan Devis is a Public Media artist and producer, whose work crosses across platforms—video, film, interactive media, and gaming. His work, regardless of the medium, is often produced collaboratively, allowing for a greater exchange of ideas in the production of media and art. Devis is currently the Director of Program Development and Production for the largest independent television station in the United States, KCET/PBS Los Angeles.
Devis has charted the station’s new Arts and Culture initiative, Artbound, consisting of a television series, an online networked cultural hub, and the creation of programmatic partnerships with cultural institutions in Southern California. He is in charge of all original online content and special projects, including Webstories: Cultural Journalism in Southern California and the interactive documentary series Departures. In addition, Devis has spearheaded a slate of new series, such as the Emmy nominated Live @ the Ford and the Presidential Japan Prize winner Departures.
For over a decade, Devis has worked with a number of non-profit organizations and media arts institutions in Los Angeles serving as producer, director, educator and board member. Some of these include: The City Project – Outpost for Contemporary Art – PBS World – LA Freewaves – OnRamp Arts – Center for Innovative Education – Los Feliz Charter School For the Arts
Devis was the curator of the first anthology of Colombian Net Art, Es Feo y no le Gusta el Cursor, at La Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango in Bogotá, Colombia. His film, TV, video and interactive work has been screened and exhibited across the globe. In the press, Devis was presented as a major “influencer” in Los Angeles by the LA Weekly news publication, and his online series Departures was celebrated in the Sunday Arts section of the New York Times. He has received numerous grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Macarthur Foundation, the Ford Foundation, among others, and was the recipient of the Arnon Milchan Award for his film The Petty Curse of Having this Body. He is president of the board of Freewaves, a non-profit media arts organization, and the project manager for OpenPlay.
Devis holds an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts for Writing and Directing for Film and Television, as well as an undergraduate degree in Film Directing from Emerson College in Boston. Before moving to the U.S., Devis studied Literature and Philosophy at the University of Los Andes in Bogotá, Columbia.