Cassie Shao is an animation and visual artist. She is a graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago and School of Cinematic Arts at USC. She works across the field of independent films, music videos, projection mapping, advertising as well as animated television series. Her films have been officially screened at film festivals worldwide including Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated, IndieLisboa, PÖFF Shorts, Ani’mest, Encounters, LUFF, LIAF, Mill Valley, Cucalorus, KLIK, and Ars Independent. Her films also screened or were a part of exhibitions at Hammer Museum and The Getty Museum in LA, CICA Museum in South Korea, Rosalux Gallery in Minneapolis and VisArts in Rockville. At MacDowell, she worked on a painted animation sequence inspired by a particular looking tree and the sofa chair in her studio that is going to be in her next film, did a few texture studies around the space, and animated several character-based shots for her next film. Her last animation There Were Four of Us has upcoming showings at festivals in Canada, Spain, and Poland.