"Thinking of the computer as an intellectual and creative partner, instead of an inanimate tool, can lead to completely new esthetic experiences.
I focus on the computer's ability to store, process and organize information, not on its efficiency or precision.
An understanding of the computer’s core differentiates the machine from being a slave to being an alternate nervous system."
- Shelley Lake, 1976
Shelley Lake received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1976. Her experimentation with art and technology began more than 40 years ago, as a computer science major at Brown University.
In 1979, Lake earned a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and became the first female graduate of the Architecture Machine Group, the institution now known as the Media Lab. At MIT, she trained with Nicholas Negroponte and Harold Edgerton, pioneers in the fusion of science, art and technology.
Featured in numerous international art exhibitions and film festivals, she has won a Clio award, Photoshop Guru award, Japan's NICOGRAPH award, placed first in an AT&T image competition and was a technical director for the Academy Award winning, The Last Starfighter.
Lake also holds a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Cleveland Chiropractic College and currently owns and operates, Sky Lake Studios, a visionary computer graphics facility in Central Florida.