John H. Evans Library Digital Collections

Edmund Skellings Special Collection


Edmund Skellings Special Collection


Edmund Skellings


Dr. Edmund Skellings served a lifetime appointment as Poet Laureate of Florida from 1980 until his death in 2012.  He is remembered as a visionary who used digital technology to create animated poetry in surround sound.

Skellings' digital archives showcase recordings of his early performances as the first Electric Poet, poetry readings, lectures about the impact of technology on education and communication, and literary letters.  The collection contains correspondences, patents, academic papers, recordings, interviews, and articles.


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Collection Items

Omni Intermedia Award: Life Forms
MFA student Eric Homan animated "Life Forms". Edmund Skellings produced it at the Florida Center for Electronic Communication. It won the Omni Intermedia Award,an international award recognizing outstanding, television, video, film, internet,…

Plaque to commemorate Edmund Skellings at Saint Andrew's School
Recognition in Celebration of the Spirit of Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, Florida, to Skellings for his lecture and visit.

Coral Ridge Yacht Book Club
A plaque in recognition of Edmund Skellings as an inaugural guest speaker. Skellings read poetry and showed his 3D animated poetry.

Florida Center for Electronic Communication Plaque
Plaque awarded to Edmund Skellings, founder of the Florida Center of Electronic Communication, in appreciation for computer, arts, poetry, education and inspiration. Presented at the annual Master of Fine Arts Show at the Florida Center for…

Suffield Academy Diploma
Edmund Skellings awarded high school diploma from Suffield Academy prep school in Suffield, Connecticut.

University of Massachusetts Bachelor of Arts Degree Awarded to Edmund George Skellings
Edmund Skellings received a Bachelor Degree of Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

University of Iowa Doctor of Philosophy
Edmund Skellings received a Doctor of Philosophy degree with creative dissertation in literature from the University of Iowa.

Florida Governor's Award for the Arts
The State of Florida honors Edmund Skellings for his cultural service with a Medal of Honor and Certificate. Skellings brought Poetry-in-the-Schools to South Florida and expanded its mission to include the children at the Sunland Training Centers.

Edmund Skellings honored as Citizen of the Day
Winz Radio and Citizens Federal awarded Skellings "Citizen of the Day" in South Florida. Skellings was a guest on Winz Radio.

Broward Cultural Arts Awards 1983
Brochure of Broward Cultural Arts Awards in which Skellings won a Moretti Award for Artistic Achievement as a poet. He received a sculpture with the award.

Awards Screenings and Broadcasts
List of awards, screenings and broadcasts won by the Florida Center for Electronic Communication under Skellings' direction. Organized by International, National and Florida categories of Video Film Festivals.

14th Annual Telly Awards Finalist 1993: To His Machine
Finalist award for animated version of "To His Machine" in a national competition by Telly Awards for non-broadcast video and film productions. Poem written and recorded by Edmund Skellings, animated by Karen Nir, and produced at the Florida Center…

18th Annual Poetry Film/Video Festival- 1993
Award recognition of computer animated poetry by Edmund Skellings entitled "SuperPoems". Poetry animation by Cynthia Jakeway, Francis McAfee, and Karen Nir.

The Joey Awards, Award of Excellence: Nearing the Millennium
Joey Award of Excellence for a video biography entitled "Nearing the Millennium" written and produced by Diane Newman. The video highlights Edmund Skellings' career. Includes commentary by colleagues, still photographs, film, and animated poetry.

International Fine Arts College Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Award
Honorary Doctorate awarded to Edmund Skellings at the annual International Fine Arts College Graduation Ceremony in Miami, Florida.

1997 Florida Artists Hall of Fame: Certificate of Recognition
Award recognition of Edmund Skellings' work and devotion to the Arts from Secretary of State Sandra B. Mortham, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Florida Department of State.

INTERCON Gold Plaque Award: Quartet in 3D
Gold plaque award for INTERCOM International Communications Competition. Student animation entitled "Quartet in 3D" directed by Edmund Skellings.

Canadian International Annual Film/Video Festival: Quartet in 3D
Special Commendation for Edmund Skellings who directed "Quartet in 3D", selected as the Best Student Animation. Produced at the Florida Center for Electronic Communication at Florida Atlantic University.

1999 Canadian International Annual Film/Video Festival: Eleven Easy Pieces
"Eleven Easy Pieces" was awarded a Special Commendation for 3rd Best Amateur Animation. Animations created by Master of Fine Arts students under the direction of Edmund Skellings at the Florida Center for Electronic Communication, Florida Atlantic…

The Florida Center for Electronic Communication Brochure
A pamphlet describing the Florida Center for Electronic Communication and the Master of Fine Arts program in Computer Arts at Florida Atlantic University.
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