- BA English Writing, University of Pittsburgh
- Post-Baccalaureate Study in Art, Carnegie Mellon University
- MFA, Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Classes taught and/or currently offered
FA 121 Intro. to Studio Art
FA 232 Drawing II • experimental / contemporary practice
FA 239 Sculpture & Extended Media I
FA 240 Sculpture & Extended Media II
• experimental practices
• non-traditional materials and casting
• metal: fabrication and casting
FA 249 Ceramics I and
FA 250 Ceramics II
• casting, mold making, assemblage • slip casting and the human form
FA 269 Digital Media and Culture I
FA 270 Digital Media and Culture II
SPECIAL TOPICS COURSES
Experimental Vessels: ceramics and contemporary design.
Crafting and Punk Politics: INDY ART, CRAFT and DESIGN
Figure Drawing/Figure Sculpture
Senior Seminar in the Arts
All Your Art are Belong to Us [sic]
My research interests and curiosity are varied and include just about any and all creative processes, traditional and non-traditional.
My position at St. Lawrence is primarily focused on teaching all 3 dimensional art processes, which I am thankful for because at the moment 3D creative processes have the most flexibility in their definition/lack of definition.
I am particularly interested in "craft" or "low art" media and processes that have been historically confined to the domestic setting for women and/or children such as clay, fabric, hot glue, shrink plastic (and other pre-packaged art kits) etc., and using these processes and materials in new ways and/or combining them with other materials to create new definitions and possibilities.
Other long standing interests that directly or indirectly impact my work include digital and media culture, material culture, popular culture, definitions of morality, and perception and consciousness.
I seem to be hard-wired to search for new types of synthesis: inter-disciplinary, inter-media, etc. Whether it be through understanding relationships among materials and creating meaningful or aesthetic connections by combining materials and their functions, or when simply daydreaming or brainstorming a hypothetical situation, my mind seems to work in a multi-channeled manner whose channels, thankfully, are always communicating with one another.
My Teaching Philosophy
Whatever the reasons that make us the people that we are, with particular perceptive tendencies, I have always been drawn to teaching/learning models that are significantly engaging, that offer opportunities for autonomous experience and expression, and that inspire significant personal investigation within a larger conceptual and/or social context. I also embrace a feminist model of teaching and learning where authoritarian models have no place in the classroom. This means that as educators we are most effective when we are among other things, like knowledgeable and generous, really mainly human: flawed, questioning, emotional and loving. Finally, within the context of a studio art classroom, I try to always promote the student's awareness of privilege, global positionalities, and social responsibility in any communication: visual or otherwise. In a more practical sense I try to encourage student's "flow" experiences (Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi) both in and outside of classroom. Many people have lost track of being really, fully immersed in a task and when flow experience is combined with creative endeavors, the result is often increased satisfaction in the process and also more creative, joyful, original and challenging work.
Current professional research/studio interests
Combining my interests in traditional craft media with DIY and digital/open source culture, contemporary design, and art as activism within our newly connected world.
Professional associations memberships
- Creative Commons
- Design & Emotion Society
- New Media Consortium
- Society for Artistic Research
- American Craft Council.
always evolving and revolving... see research interests and add cooking for friends, local or distant travel, sunshine sunshine sunshine, family, hanging with my pup, learning to play the accordion, documentary films.