art institute

Digital Experience

Voted as the #2 museum in the world by TripAdvisor, the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) remains one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. To increase its efforts to modernize the museum experience, AIC’s latest endeavors – JourneyMaker and their new mobile app – sought to engage audiences of all ages and backgrounds through digital interaction, and with those came the need to artfully get the word out to the masses.

Challenged with creating assets across multiple digital and print platforms, Leviathan anchored the campaign with video spots demonstrating AIC’s digital initiatives being used in situ by family and millennial guests alike. Using techniques such as character animation, visual effects, elegant photography and contemporary design, each spot invites visitors to further explore the museum’s iconic collection like never before.

While these spots launched first on AIC’s website and social networks, the videos’ artwork and photography were strategically planned in advance of production and put to work in myriad ways simultaneously: as digital posters throughout the museum; in static and looping social media content; and in high-resolution print collateral.



Creative Directors: Kyle Shoup, Bradon Webb

Producer: Gina Giambalvo

Associate Producer: Erica Grubman

Lead Editor: Kirill Mazor

Editor: Mark Bachara

Lead Animator: Nik Braatz

2D Design & Animation: Nik Braatz, Alexis Copeland, Gareth Fewel,  Becka Riccio, Priyoshi Kapur

3D Modeling & Animation: Anthony Malagutti, Andrew Butterworth

Storyboard Artist: Mike Coon

Compositing: Anthony Malagutti, Nik Braatz, Alexis Copeland, Chris Beers

President: Chad Hutson

Executive Creative Director: Jason White



Director: Daniel Ryan

Director of Photography: Mike Weldon

Camera Assistant: Michael Gleeson

Gaffer: Charles Anderson

Photographer: Gareth Fewel, Andrea Mandel

Equipment Rental: Daufenbach Camera

Color Grading: Mikey Pehanich – The Mill

Color Producer: Dan Butler – The Mill

Original Music: Joel Corelitz – Waveplant

Sound Design: Joel Corelitz – Waveplant


The Art Institute of Chicago:

Executive Director, Digital Experience: Michael Neault

Director of Marketing: Tracey Button

Director, Youth and Family Programs: Robin Schnur

Associate Director, Digital Learning: Jennifer Snyder

Trott Family Associate Director of Family Programs: Susan Kuliak

Production Coordinator, Digital Experience: Kelly McHugh