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Mykola Haleta (he/him/his)

Mykola Haleta
  • Assistant Professor
  • Art & Design

Mykola Haleta is an active artist, educator, graphic designer, pattern designer, researcher and sound artist based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Mykola’s work utilizes improvisation, mathematics and rule sets in the development of new pattern systems, textiles, typography, performance and sound design. His visual vernacular stems from an entanglement of cybernetic systems, diatoms, Apophenia (Pareidolia), B-movie (raw) special effects, combinatorics (graph theory), Anthropod design, microchip design and crystallography. Textile patterning, graphic design and Op-Art converge with his personal lexicon of techniques, systems and processes which can be seen in both his sound, performance and visual work.

Mykola’s work has been featured in Zoo York/New York Skateboards, SF Weekly, Shout NY, De:Bug, The WIRE, Final Cut Pro 4: The Art of Filmmaking, Tokion, The Sound Collector, BLOCK, XLR8R and Giant Robot among others.

Mykola Haleta has a BFA from MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art) where he studied graphic design with Ellen Lupton, J. Abbott Miller, Linda van Deursen, Armand Mevis, Whitney Sherman and Philippe Apeloig. In 2017 he received an MFA in Electronic Integrated Arts from The School of Art and Design at The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, NY.

Haleta’s audio compositions and performance projects have been performed and presented nationally and internationally at festivals, galleries, and institutes including: Bauhaus University, Weimar, Germany; London Contemporary Music Festival, London, UK, SXSW, Austin, Texas; Issue Project Room, NY, NY, Whitney Museum Graduate Program, NY, NY; Under Bron, Stockholm, Sweden; Roulette, NY, NY; Blue Room, Washington, DC; Open Video Projects, Rome, Italy; Ottobar, Baltimore, MD; and Transmissions Festival, Chicago, Illinois among others. 

He has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, sound and visual artists such as: Max Cooper, Zbigniew Karkowski, Keith Rowe, Yanira Castro Dance Theatre Company, Rick Reed, Kasper Toeplitz and more.

Mykola and Dathan Boardman founded Opticeaux, a pattern-based font foundry situated in Eau Claire. 

Upcoming Activities:

Residency: Summer 2024:

Risograph Residency of Spokane/Eastern Washington University

Fall 2024: 

Vinyl Release: Landtops: Stereo Grid Fields for NADA records.

Teaching Interests
  • Pattern Systems (Combinatorics)
  • Grid Systems
  • Typography
  • Sound Design/Foley
  • M.F.A., The School of Art and Design/The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University (electronic integrated arts)
  • B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA, graphic design)
Published Research