Vanessa Nilsson


Innovative and deadline-driven Designer and Animator with 5+ years of experience designing and developing animations/videos and digital/print marketing material from initial concept to final, polished deliverable.

  • Website:
  • Phone: (973) 277-2938
  • City: City : Montclair, NJ. USA
  • Degree: Master
  • Email:
  • Freelance: Available

Professional Experience


2019 - present

Montclair State University

  • Created and teach Experimental Animation class. (Stop Motion, Visual Music, Particle Animation, Puppet Animation, Cutout Animation, etc.)
  • Classes: Experimental Animation, Collaboration Production, Thesis I, & Thesis II
  • Advise students with Senior Thesis projects (2D, 3D animations, Illustrations, and Graphic Novels etc.)


2020 - present

William Paterson University

  • Classes teach: Cell Animation, Advanced Cell Animation, 3D Modeling, and Storyboarding.


2018 - present

Equipment Zone

  • Lead in the design, development, and implementation of the graphic, layout, and production communication materials
  • Developed numerous marketing visuals (instructional videos, animations,logos, brochures,infographics, presentations, and advertisements).
  • Re-designed and maintain company’s website and ecommerce site to improve customer experience
  • Managed up to 5 projects or tasks at a given time
  • Supervise the assessment of all graphic materials in order to ensure quality and accuracy of the design
  • Design and print artwork to show quality of Epson Direct-to- Garment, Solvent, Photographic, and Dye- Sublimation printers.



William Paterson University

  • Create new designs, templates, logos, and graphics for website
  • Utilize HTML5, CSS, dotCMS, Illustrator, and Photoshop



William Paterson University

  • Offer technical support and assistance to faculty and students
  • Redesigned and maintain website
  • Teach software and equipment such as Premiere Pro, Avid, PMW and 7D cameras, lighting, and audio equipment



Healthmonitor Network

  • Design medical animations and instructional videos for digital posters and website
  • Design visuals and graphics for Healthmonitor magazine.


Master of Fine Arts

2015 - 2018

William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ.

Focused primarily in Animation and Painting.

Bachelor of Fine Arts

2010 - 2014

Ramapo College of New Jersey, Mahwah, NJ.

Double majored in Animation & Drawing & Painting. Double minored in Art History and Italian.


Autodesk Maya 80%
After Effects 75%
Photoshop 85%
Premiere Pro 90%
Illustrator 85%
Cinema 4D 70%
HTML / CSS 75%
Painting / Drawing 100%

Exhibitions / Screenings

Environmental Film & Screenplay Festival

Won Best Animation for A Polar Bear Story

Las Angeles, 2022

Blue Water Film Festival

Official Selection for A Polar Bear Story

San Diego, CA. 2023

One Reeler Short Film Competition

Honorable Mention for A Polar Bear Story


Miami Indie Film Awards

Award Winner for A Polar Bear Story


Best Shorts Competition

Award Winner for A Polar Bear Story


Toronto Indie Shorts

Official Selection for A Polar Bear Story

Toronto, 2023

Garden State Film Festival

Won Best Home Grown Animation for A Polar Bear Story

New Jersey, 2023

Scarab Short Film Festival

Official Selection for A Polar Bear Story

Dubai, 2022

Florida Environmental Film Festival

Official Selection for A Polar Bear Story

Florida, 2022

Inheritance Film Festival

Official Selection for A Polar Bear Story

Belfast, Ireland 2022

Faculty Exhibition

William Paterson Unviversity September 2022

Hidden Treasure Gallery

Palisades Mall, NY. 2021-2022

Emerging Artists

Limner Art Gallery. Hudson NY. 2020

Seascapes. Online National Art Competition.

Won 10th place and Special Merit Award

Light Space & Time Online Art Galler. 2019

Metamorphosis: Changing Climate.

Hearst Tower. New York, NY. 2019

Siggraph, Metrocaf 2018

Screening of In the Laboratory

New York, NY

Morgan Lehman Gallery

New York, NY. 2018

The Anthropocene Syndrome

Annex Gallery, NJ. 2017

Science Inspires Art: OCEAN.

New York Hall of Science Museum. Queens, NY. 2017

Power Art.

Cue Gallery, NY. 2017

Maltese Awards

Won best alternative film for Singles Therapy. NJ

Wayne, NJ

Student Film Association.

Won best alternative film for Singles Therapy. NJ

William Paterson, NJ. 2017

In Media Res.

Bravinlee Gallery, NY. 2016

Power Art.

Cue Gallery, NY. 2017

Seligmann Center.

Screening of Water Drop Animation

Sugar loaf NY


College of Saint Elizabeth. Morristown, NJ