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Sixten Abbot

Sixten Abbot (BFA, MFA, BRB) has worked in graphic design and advertising for over 25 years (omg, I’m older than I think) and has taught part-time for just over a decade. Almost nothing makes him happier (I guess I really don’t have a life). He thinks he’s funnier than he is (…wait, what?) and is self-referential in his biographies. Seriously, why do we write this stuff in the third person? Whose idea was it? Are we pretending that we’re NOT writing it ourselves for self-glorification? Did you ever notice that the longest bios are the most desperate? Wait, how long is this getting? Ugh, it’s over the average… shoot, aren’t there three kinds of average? I went to RISD specifically because I wouldn’t have to take any more math, after I got a C in pre-calc. Seriously! But… median? Mode? Mean! I’m not really mean, although I DO love my red marker. Uh-oh, they’re starting to play me off. INTERACTIVE ARTIST! WINNER OF ONE JURIED SHOW! THE ILLUMINATI RUN THE WORLD! ATTICA! ATTICA! ATTI–

Sixten Abbot is worried this bio has gotten too silly to be published. If you’re reading this, then he’s almost as happy as when he’s teaching. Dog Day Afternoon was nominated for six academy awards — it won for best original screenplay, but lost the other five: best picture to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, best director to Miloš Forman (same), best actor to Jack Nicholson for… One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, best supporting actor to George Burns (!) in The Sunshine Boys (beating Brad Dourif in Cuckoo’s Nest) and best film editing to Verna Fields for Jaws (1580 characters, maximum allowed)

Research/Publications Highlights

  • Thing and NoThing, 2016 (


Art + Design, Interdisciplinary


  • M.F.A., Dynamic Media Institute, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • B.F.A., Rhode Island School of Design