Eric Cade Schoenborn
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Eric Cade Schoenborn

Miami, Florida       EMAIL:       TWITTER: @ericcades       INSTAGRAM: @ericcades       TUMBLR: @phenomenalradness

Eric Cade Schoenborn is a Miami-based artist who blends design, technology and media to forge experiences that have engaged millions, online and offline, in a wide spectrum of mediums. Eric is co-founder of the innovative Pickathon Music Festival, in Portland, Oregon, and has built a durable digital art and design practice exploring interactive storytelling, VR and immersive installations. He's a lifelong media artist, developer, designer and a pioneer in applying creative communications, online community and digital tools to the needs of nonprofits, cultural institutions, advocacy organizations, musicians, journalists, artists, tastemakers, policy-makers, misfits, entrepreneurs and innovators worldwide.

His unique skillset and experience have made him an invaluable resource to a diverse roster of collaborators, including: NikeSB, National Geographic, ACLU, Forbes, Knight Foundation, Gates Foundation, Ford, Tumblr, Glenn Greenwald, The Wolfsonian-FIU Museum, The Avett Brothers, Students for a Free Tibet, Scripps Howard, Democratic National Committee, Amnesty International, and many others. His work has appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone and The New York Times and has been recognized by Sundance and SXSW among others.


Pickathon, Co-Founder, Partner. Portland, OR

August 2000 – Present
Co-founder and a principal in building this independent, grassroots festival, into an innovative, sustainable, volunteer-driven force that’s been featured in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, NPR, among others. Created tools and systems for building community, volunteer organizing, ticketing and checking in artists, guests, crew and vendors to help scale the festival with no outside investment. Pickathon was the first US festival to eliminate single use plastic and trash onsite, which perhaps explains it being chosen as the location and title of the season 6 premiere of Portlandia.

Digital Art & Design Practice, Independent. DC / NYC / LA / Miami

November 1999 – Present
Since 1999, I've been building a durable design, development and strategy, practice through genuine collaboration with a diverse group of entrepreneurs, nonprofits, creative professionals, media professionals, artists, museums and musicians. Milestones include: Interactive projection-mapped musical performance with Rodrigo Amarante for Art Basel at the FIU-Wolfsonian Museum, Philly Radness interactive skatepark installation at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery in Philadelphia, PA., designing and building all of the specialty creative and interactive for the ACLU in the post-9/11 era.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Creative Director. Miami

March 2010 – January 2015
Led a dramatic digital transformation and rebranding of the organization. Redesigned and implemented the communications infrastructure including: a vibrant organizational blog, innovative reports, educational materials and other editorial products, events and best-practices. I led the formation of Knight's social presence and online community into one of the most effective networks of innovators, artists and community engagement practitioners and created events, campaigns, panels, trade show booths and reports with some of the most influential thought leaders and organizations of the journalism, art, start-up and civic innovation communities, including: TED, MIT, Tumblr, NYU, Sir Tim Berners Lee, Gates Foundation, Kickstarter and many others.

American Civil Liberties Union, Digital Communications Director. NYC

November 2007 – March 2010
After working closely with the advocacy organization as a contractor for several years, I joined the staff as a Director and successfully built a thriving online community and best in class digital engagement use case in a heavily vetted press release environment. Pioneered digital engagement within nonprofits and advocacy through combining emerging digital tools and channels with collaboration between the vibrant progressive online community and some of our culture's most influential voices around some of our culture's most complex issues. Lobbied for, championed and built one of the first effective in-house organizational blogs in a unique collaboration with Glenn Greenwald.

Free Range Studios, Interactive Director/Senior Designer. DC

August 2003 – October 2005
Concepted, created, planned and project-managed all interactive products for innovative design studio in Washington, D.C. Led successful projects from concept to completion for leading nonprofit and Progressive organizations, including: ACLU, National Geographic, Sierra Club, Howard Dean for President, DNC, John Kerry for President, Arianna Huffington, Easter Seals, The Humane Society, and Played an instrumental role in development of style and implementation of processes as the start-up studio emerged as a pioneer in Web advocacy. Oversaw creation of SXSW decorated and Sundance Interactive Festival recognized interactive documentary about child refugees of War, Beyond the Fire.

Scripps Howard, Art Director/Presentation Editor. DC / Bremerton, WA

January 1999 – August 2003
Played an instrumental role in the transformation of an established 'old-media' institution into the 'new-media' era. Brought the entire portfolio of wire content online and available to newsrooms through newly internet connected PCs. Responsible for innovative print and online coverage including: the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the 2000 Republican National Convention, the 2000 Presidential elections and the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. For a time I also led creative direction, design, night-side operations, and pagination of daily newspaper in Bremerton, Washington.

Kernel Press Inc., Design Director/Production Manager. Lexington, KY

November 1996 – January 1999
Served as professional advisor and managed design and production of all editorial and advertising content for the daily student newspaper at the University of Kentucky. Trained and managed staff of 10 student designers to create award-winning, on-deadline print and web content while providing a night-side professional staff presence and closing the paper each night. Milestones: Led award-winning redesign of the newspaper and collaborated with the pressmen of the Lexington Herald-Leader to move the publication to full digital pagination before when 100% of newspapers were still paste-up, including the Herald-Leader.


'98 – Bachelor of Science in Telecommunications, University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications


2016 Press + Highsnobiety + Here’s an Exclusive Look Inside Philly Radness, the Skateable Art Exhibition
2016 Press + + At Drexel, it's an art gallery and interactive skate park  
2016 Exhibit + Philly Radness + Generative Art Installation  + Leonard Pearlstein Gallery + Philadelphia, PA
2016 Exhibit + Infiltrate 17.0 + Miami Music Week 2016 +   Sound Reactive Installation & VR  + Miami, FL
2016 Exhibit + Ultra Music Festival + Sound Reactive Installation & VR + Miami, FL
2016 Exhibit + Filmgate VR Pavilion  + Filmgate Interactive + Miami, FL
2016 Panelist + SXSW Interactive 2016 + StoryNext VR Roundtable  + Austin, TX
2016 Panelist + SXSW Interactive 2016 + Time Warner Kernel Everywhere TV Lounge  + Austin, TX
2016 Exhibit + YoungArts Jazz, Skateboarding, New Media  + Interactive projection mapping collaboration + Miami, FL
2016 Portlandia Season 6, Episode 1 "Pickathon"  + Season premiere of IFC hit show filmed at Pickathon 2015
2015 Curator / Exhibit + Intercontinental Hotel Miami + Digital Arts Showcase + Winter 2015-2016 Show  + Miami, FL
2015 Presenter + Drexel University's Westphal College’s Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies  + Applying Design Lecture Series   + Philadelphia, PA
2015 Jurist + University of Florida College of the Arts + FACC Juried Arts Exhibition Visiting Jurist + Gainesville, FL
2015 Curator / Designer + O, Miami Poetry Festival x InterContinental Hotel, Interactive Art Show  + Miami, FL
2015 Press + Henry Rollins + Ty Segall / King Tuff Live at Pickathon
2015 Press + Pitchfork + Ty Segall and King Tuff to Release Split Live Album, Share Tracks and Video
2015 Executive Producer + 'Live at Pickathon' Vinyl Collection + Easy Sound Records + Los Angeles, CA
2015 Knight Foundation SXSW Party Creative Direction + SXSW Interactive + Austin, TX
2015 Associate Producer + Pickathon Video channels  + NPR, Grist, Bluegrass Situation, Aquarium Drunkard
2014 Exhibit + Borscht Film Festival + Interactive Planetarium Musical Performance + Frost Museum of Science + Miami, FL
2014 Press + + Knight Foundation's Guide to Interactive Storytelling  
2014 Exhibit + Art Basel 2014 + Sound Reactive Musical Performance w/ Rodrigo Amarante + FIU-Wolfsonian Museum + Miami, FL
2014 Press + New York Times + Photos From the Pickathon Music Festival
2014 Press + Paste Magazine + Pickathon is Not a Dream
2014 Exhibit + Planetary Radness, Interactive Installation + Magic Planet Exhibit + Frost Museum of Science + Miami, FL
2014 Presenter + Online News Association + Chicago, IL
2014 Press + Time Magazine + 14 Music Festivals to Check Out in 2014
2014 Participant / Staff + MIT Civic Media Conference +  MIT Center for Civic Media + Cambridge, MA
2014 Presenter + Grantmakers in the Arts + Storytelling is a Muscle + Miami, FL
2014 Press + Fusion Television Network + Fusion Live: Boss of Me, Interview
2014 Participant + Sundance New Frontiers Program, Flash Lab + New World Center for the Arts + Miami, FL
2013 Presenter + SND Louisville + Society of News Design + Louisville, KY
2013 Press + Communications Network + It's Okay to Have Fun  
2013 Press + Wired + Clickin' at Pickin/ Festival in the Oregon Woods
2013 Press + Vice + Pickathon Rethinks the Music Festival
2013 Press + Grist + Can a music festival be sustainable? Pickathon is finding out
2013 Exhibit + Phenomenal Radness + Installation + Miami Design District + Miami, FL
2013 Exhibit + The Making of … Live, curated .GIF SFMOMA + San Francisco, CA
2013 Participant / Co-Producer + TED Digital Community Convening + Long Beach, CA
2013 Participant / Co-Producer The GovLab + NYU + New York, NY
2013 Presenter / Conference Design + Media Learning Seminar + Miami, FL
2013 Press + Rolling Stone + The Best of the Summer Fests
2012 Gallery Exhibition + Erasey Page + Collaboration w / Jillian Mayer  + Bass Museum + Miami FL
2012 Participant / Co-Producer + MIT Civic Media Conference + MIT Center for Civic Media + Cambridge, MA
2011 Press + Knight Mozilla News Innovation Partnership
2011 Presenter + Knight Arts Advisory Council  + Aspen, CO
2011 Actor + The Life and Freaky Times of Uncle Luke  + Sundance, SXSW, in Miami Art Museum permanent collection
2010 Press + NC State School of Humanities and Social Sciences  + Knight Foundation: Extending the reach
2010 Presenter / Staff + MIT Civic Media Conference + MIT Center for Civic Media + Cambridge, MA
2009 Press + The Oregonian + Pickathon goes from picnic to full-blown festival, but stays true to its roots
2008 Presenter + Computers, Freedom and Policy + New Haven, CT
2008 Presenter  + ACLU National Staff Conference  + Los Angeles, CA
2006 Exhibit + WRFL / Synaesthesia Fest + Lexington, KY
2005 Official Selection Sundance Online Film Festival
2005 Official SXSW Best Educational Site
2005 PBS-Independent Lens Selection
2005 Batten Online Journalism Awards Notable Site
2005 WEBBY Worthy Selection
1999-2002 Congressional Press Photographers Gallery + U.S. Congress + Washington, D.C.
1999 Society of News Design + Silver Medal Newspaper Redesign
1997 Internship + Design/Graphics + Lexington Herald-Leader + Lexington, KY
1996 Internship + Online Producer, Derby Coverage + The Thoroughbred Times + Lexington, KY

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