Nick McKernan’s path into animation has been one long, inevitable surprise. Hot off the heels of graduating with a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2021, he joined LAI Video with a saddlebag of ambition that only continues to grow. A dynamic maker with the ability to conjure psychedelic grandeur and silky-smooth graphics on a whim, Nick comes to LAI equipped with a toolset for the beautiful and strange. His work has screened both domestically and internationally, and has been featured in Redefine Magazine, Week in Pop, and Stereogum. In 2021, he was awarded the Best of Baltimore award at Sweaty Eyeballs International Animation Festival.