Briana Yarhouse

Director of Animation
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Masters of Fine Arts in Drawing

About Briana

Briana Yarhouse is a transgender animator, researcher, and Director of Animation for Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her animation has played in many festivals, most notably the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, for which “Beyond Freedom,” a short she acted as animator on, was nominated for best short of the year. In 2013 her short film “The Box” was selected as part of the Best Animation from ASIFA at the Canlandiranlar Animators Festival in Istanbul, Turkey. She has juried animation for the Woods Hole Film Festival and the Xiamen International Animation Festival.

Her teaching experience includes 15 years as professor of Digital Art and Design and the Master of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies program at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Her essays and papers have been published in the ASIFA Magazine, The International Journal of Comic Art, and Society for Animation Studies Journal, among others. She has spoken on animation and sequential art at conferences around the world, most recently in 2021 at Annecy Animation Festival.

She is the director of International Animation Day for the Association Internationale du Film d’Animation coordinating showings around the globe. In 2020 she worked to coordinate animators all around the planet to create a collective animation called Spiritus Mundi: Animating the World. Her most recent work can be seen at yarhouse.com.

Creativity starts with making yourself an interesting place for ideas to land like birds or insects. (thanks Tom Waits) I encourage my students to have the freedom to play and explore as it is the pathway toward creating magic with animation

  • 2020 Spiritus Mundi: Animating the World. I organized and worked with animators around the world to create this 23-minute film on our shared humanity and uniqueness through the art of animation. It had its world-wide premiere on International Animation Day October 28th, 2020.
  • 2020 Short Film: I Carry the Sun A music video for the band The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus for their upcoming new albums. Animated in Michigan during the months of January and February using hand drawn animation photographed on location.
  • 2019 ASIFA Central ANI-JAM 19 An intro film celebrating the 2019 International Animation was used in selected showings around the world. This ANI-JAM based on 2019’s poster was designed by Giannis Koutsouris.
  • 2018. Xiamen International Animation Festival Juror. I traveled to China to be a finalist juror for the largest animation festival in China. I was also asked to come back two weeks later to present the awards at the festival. I had to decline because of teaching commitments.
  • 2017. Animated music video: Nothing At All? By The Granite Shore debuts on British pop music magazine: The Quietus.
  • 2014. Award winning HBO Documentary Regarding Susan Sontag, animation and concept development (unused)
  • 2013. Canlandiranlar Animators Festival, Turkey. The Box (2012. Invitational Showing: The Best of Association Internationale du Film d’Animation Curated by Nelson Shin.
  • 2005. Berlin Film Festival. Berlin, Germany. Beyond Freedom. (2004) Nominated: Best short film of the year. (Role: Animator and Storyboard artist)

BFA., Illustration - Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

MFA., Drawing - Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University