Hello!


Hi there! My name is Gabriela, and I'm a multidisciplinary photographer based in Atlanta.

My passion for exploring creative technology, photography, motion, and design has allowed me to create stunning visual content over the years. Currently, I’m a Sr. Visual Content Designer at Adobe, where I get to focus on my passion for photography and digital imaging by creating content that transforms how users learn to do things in the Adobe apps.

In 2022, I authored a series of hands-on video tutorials for Adobe Photoshop and designed Adobe Illustrator’s rich tooltips, which was an honor and an incredible opportunity.

In 2021, I proudly joined the 3D/AR Adobe CoCreate team, where I developed cutting-edge AR filters for Adobe MAX. Additionally, I was invited to share my expertise in creating cinemagraphs using Photoshop and After Effects, as well as crafting interactive photos with augmented reality in Adobe Aero and Creative Cloud, as a guest artist on Adobe Live that same year.

Drawing inspiration from my photography practice, I created short films inspired by NASA actual imagery. Apollo 11 and Welcome to Space were finalists in the NASA CineSpace film competition in 2019 and 2022 and showcased on NASA TV, the International Space Station, Space Center Houston, Australia’s Science Channel, and numerous film festivals. In 2017, I was also selected as the Winter and Spring Alumni Atelier ambassador and artist-in-residence at the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah and Atlanta (GA, USA) for two consecutive quarters. I’m excited to continue pushing creative boundaries and inspiring others through my work!

 


Exhibitions & Film Screenings


2023
SCAD Public Art – 1600 Atlanta Featured Artists
Fast Forward (group), Gutstein Gallery, Savannah
Welcome to Space – Cinema Columbus Film Festival, Center for Science and Industry, Columbus
Welcome to Space – NASA CineSpace (film screening), Space Center Houston


2022
Welcome to Space – NASA CineSpace (film screening), Houston Cinema Arts Society

2021

Apollo 11- NASA CineSpace (film screening), Houston Cinema Arts Society, and Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Open Studio (online, group), SCAD, Atlanta

2020
Open Studio (online, group), SCAD, Atlanta
Apollo 11 – NASA CineSpace (film screening), Ashland Film Festival
Apollo 11 – NASA CineSpace (film screening), NASA TV

2019
Small Works (group), SCAD, Atlanta
Apollo 11 – NASA CineSpace (film screening), University of Houston Clear-Lake
Apollo 11 – NASA CineSpace (film screening), Harris County Public Library
Apollo 11 – NASA CineSpace (film screening), International Space Station
Apollo 11 – NASA CineSpace (film screening), Houston Cinema Arts Festival
Open Studio (group), SCAD, Atlanta

2017
Meural Collection (digital online collection), Meural, New York
Saatchi Screen (slideshow, 2nd floor), Saatchi Gallery, London
Alumni Atelier (installation Spring), Forsyth House, Savannah
Alumni Atelier (installation Winter), Forsyth House, Savannah

2016
Outside the Museum (solo outdoor installation), Gorj Museum, Romania

2015
Life from Light (solo, MFA Thesis), Trois Gallery, Atlanta
Out to Launch (installation), SCAD, Atlanta
Student Artist’s Book (installation), ACA Library, Atlanta
Far from Home (group), Alexander Hall Gallery, Savannah
Port City Review (group), Alexander Hall Gallery, Savannah

2014
Us and the Earth (solo), Gorj County Museum, Romania
Small Works (group), Gutstein Gallery, Savannah
Open Studio (group), SCAD, Atlanta
Silver & Ink (group), SCAD, Atlanta


Publications (Selected)


SCAD, (2024, January 9), Gabriela Iancu: Finding the light and exploring the creative frontier of outer space (online)

Gabriela Iancu, (2023, March 8), Designing Adobe Illustrator’s rich tooltips, Adobe Design (online)

“Making Room at the Table for Cacao” Radiant Health Magazine, no.16, The Self Care Issue, 2021, 38-47.

“The African Yam,” Radiant Health Magazine, no.15, The Motherhood Issue, 2020, 42-51.

“Nail It!,” “Grain Bowls,” “Eat Your Greens,” WebMD Magazine, July/Aug/Sept. 2020, 32, 60-61, 62.

“Love you, Dad,” “Pick Purple,” “Supper Salads,” WebMD Magazine, June 2020, 26, 54-55, 56-58.

“Mama Mia,” “Chickpeas,” “The Joy of Seeds,” WebMD Magazine, May 2020, 28, 62-64, 66-67.

“Healing Meals,” WebMD Magazine, March/April 2020, 45-47.

“In the Palm of Our Hands,” Radiant Health Magazine, no.14, Volume 2, The Rebirth Issue, 2019, 42-51.

“Tiny Teff,” Radiant Health Magazine, no.13, Volume 1, The Taboo Issue, 2019, 42-51.

“Lovely Ladies’ Fingers,” Radiant Health Magazine, no.12, Volume 2, The Womanhood Issue, 2018, 42-51.

“Moringa Madness,” Radiant Health Magazine, no.11, Volume 1, The Survivor Issue, 2018, 44-53.

Gabriela Iancu, ed., Florilegium: Contemporary Collection of Visual Arts 2, (Czech Republic: Gabriela Iancu, 2017), 1-96.

Gabriela Iancu, “On Photography: America Seen Through Photographs Greatly,” Up by Forbes, Spring 2017, 114-133.

Gabriela Iancu, “Artist Interviews,” in Imaginarium: The Process Behind the Pictures, by Claire Rosen (USA: Rocky Nook, 2017), 274-277.

“Photography Annual: Student Work,” Communication Arts 58, no.3 (July/August 2016), 195.

“A Beautiful Mess,” in Communication Arts 57, no.6, by Monica Kass Rogers (January/February 2016), 16-19.

Gabriela Iancu, ed., Florilegium: Contemporary Collection of Visual Arts 1, (Czech Republic: Gabriela Iancu, 2015), 1-96.

Gabriela Iancu, “What Gabriela Made,” Up by Forbes, ed. Diana Cosmin, Fall 2015, 32-49.

Gabriela Iancu, “Life from Light,” (M.F.A. Thesis, Savannah College of Art and Design, 2015), 1-23.

Grants & Awards


2022
NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society Official Selection (Welcome to Space Short Film)

2020
Eddie & Ozzie Awards Honorable Mention, Data Visualization (WebMD Face Mask Mistakes)
SCINEMA International Science Film Festival Australia Official Selection (Apollo 11 Short Film)

2019
NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society Official Selection (Apollo 11 Short Film)
International Photography Grant — Creative Nominee (Photography)

2017
SCAD Alumni Atelier — Artist-in-Residence (Atlanta)
SCAD Alumni Atelier — Artist-in-Residence (Savannah)

2016
Communication Arts Award of Excellence (Photography)
Initiative for Heritage Conservation Greece — Finalist (Photogrammetry)

2015
International Photography Awards Honorable Mention
Huffington Post — Finalist (Multimedia Fellowship Program)
Savannah College of Art and Design — Student Success Grant
Savannah College of Art and Design Graduate Fellowship

2014
Getty Images Competition Platform — Finalist
International Photography Awards Honorable Mention
Savannah College of Art and Design — Student Success Grant
Savannah College of Art and Design Graduate Fellowship

2013
International Photography Awards Honorable Mention
Savannah College of Art and Design Graduate Fellowship


Artist Talks & Workshops


2023
Adobe Live — How to Edit Phone Photography in Photoshop and Use GenAI Tools to Inspire Climate Action (live stream)
SCAD x Adobe — Creating Visuals and Expanding Ideas with GenAI (Workshop)
SCAD Mentor Program Learning from the Pros (Artist Talk)
Adobe Live Editing Still Life Photography and Using Generative Fill in Photoshop (live stream)

2022
SCAD Impact Conference — Creative in Tech (Guest Speaker)
SCAD Mentor Program Video & Related Media (Artist Talk)
Adobe Live Creating Spring-Themed Cinemagraphs (live stream)

2021
Adobe Live AR + Photo Compositing (AR Cinemagraphs Workshop)
SCAD Live Bring your Photos to Life (Cinemagraphs Workshop)
Adobe Live Photo Compositing (Cinemagraphs Workshop)
SCAD Mentor Program Video & Related Media (Artist Talk)

2017
Gorj County Museum Romania — Still-Life in Photography (Workshop)
Turner Broadcasting — Cinemagraphs Presentation (Artist Talk)
SCAD Alumni Atelier — Cinemagraphs Presentation (Artist Talk)
SCAD Alumni Atelier — Experiences from the Outside World (Artist Talk)

SCAD Video & Related Media, the Photographic Narrative (Workshop)

2016
Gorj County Museum Romania Outside the Museum (Artist Talk)

2015
SCAD Life from Light (Artist Talk)


Press (Online)


Uppercase, Sight Unseen, Architectural Digest, Ad Magazine, Ignant, Red Cap Cards, Communication Arts, Atlanta Magazine, Forbes, PDN Emerging Photographer.


Books


  • Florilegium (volume 1 & 2), Serial Journal, 2015 & 2017, in Artist Collection at the ACA Library of SCAD, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Romania, Artist Book, 2015, in Artist Collection at the ACA Library of SCAD, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Life from Light, 2015, Artist Book, limited edition, in Artist Collection at the ACA Library in Atlanta, and the Jen Library in Savannah, GA, USA

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