Hitoshi Ujiie, Director
Hitoshi Ujiie is a pioneer in Surface Imaging. With over 20 years of professional experience in surface imaging and manufacturing, his achievements have combined first-hand industry knowledge with academic pioneering in new technology. A native of Kyoto (the center of Japan's textile industry), as an integral member of his family's business, he inherited a specialized knowledge of short run, quality fabric production, and finishing.
Hitoshi's professional experience includes designing at Jack Lenor Larsen Design Studio in New York. There, Hitoshi was involved in the development of fine printed fabrics on a worldwide level. In the early 1990s, he established his design studio, specialized in styling a wide range of new surface imaging products. His collections have been exhibited in many museums, including permanent collections at Cleveland Museum, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and Brooklyn Museum.
Sensing the technological revolution on the horizon, he developed expertise in Surface Imaging, the digital transformation of the imageries on a wide range of substrates with advanced inkjet printing processes. As a surface imaging specialist, he is recognized the world over as a digital printing expert and is sought after for his presentations on the subject.
At present, he is a professor at Thomas Jefferson University. His involvement in launching Surface Imaging + Research has provided him with the rare opportunity to research and implement new applications of cutting-edge technologies, innovative business concepts, and creative design to the public.
Hitoshi received a B.F.A from Kyoto Seika University in Japan and M.F.A from the University of Georgia.
EJ Herczyk, Associate Professor
EJ Herczyk (BFA ,‘97, Virginia Commonwealth University, and MFA, ’01, Tyler School of Art) is currently an Associate Professor and coordinator for the drawing and digital imaging courses. Herczyk has 20 years of teaching experience specializing in the areas of digital imaging, drawing, materials exploration, as well as analog and digital printing processes.
As a multimedia artist, Herczyk’s work explores the relationship between analog and digital identities and the structure and balance of these forms. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has lectured extensively throughout the US. Additionally, Herczyk is active as both a designer and a production consultant for a variety of companies across the home and apparel industries.
Mark Mattson, Coordinator & Faculty
Mark Mattson (BFA, ’98, Visual Communication & Illustration, Columbus College of Art & Design) is an award-winning, practicing artist, illustrator, art director, editor and designer.
Working in the interactive, game, toy, print, publishing, marketing and educational fields, Mark has created hundreds of books, products, campaigns and interactive games for such brands as Disney, Sesame Workshop, Nickelodeon, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, Comcast, and ViacomCBS. His paintings are exhibited and collected both nationally and internationally.
Mark teaches coursework in design, digital printing, and digital imaging at Jefferson, and has managed and coordinated surface imaging, media and design operations at Jefferson’s Surface Imaging Center since 2015.