Last week, I was invited to South Puget Sound Community College as a visiting artist. I gave a presentation on my work, answered questions, and then gave a demo to a mixed media photo class on how to use solvent transfer. We had some great discussions, and the students loved experimenting with a new technique.
What a magical place! My co-teacher, Bob and I, were lucky to have a great group of students ready to jump headfirst into experimenting with drawing, printmaking, and all kinds of combinations of the two. They followed right along with us, up for any of our zany ideas, even if this included drawing blindfolded as their partners described what they saw, drawing from observation with their hands tied to each other, making crazy tools for drawing with, drawing underwater at the river nearby and learning lots of new processes included etching, monotypes, and combinations of the two. Our goal was for students to get outside their comfort zone and experiment, while also learning some more traditional drawing and printmaking skills
I was selected as a recipient of the Graduate Student Teaching Award for 2013-2014. Each college at the University nominates two graduate students, who submit an application including a letter of recommendation, teaching philosophy, syllabus, and student teaching evaluations. Later on in the semester, I had two surprise observations by professors on the award committee. This award is a great honor because only twenty students are selected from the hundreds of graduate student teachers at UF. Happy to represent the School of Art and Art History.
More info can be found here: http://uffinearts.tumblr.com/post/82992638382/two-sa-ah-students-win-graduate-student-teaching-awards
Students had fun with a recent project in class. They were given a big wad of newsprint (their paper pal) and had to take it with them everywhere for a week. For extra credit, they could take photos of their paper pal and post them to our class facebook page. After the week, they sculpted/formed their paper pal into an interesting formation, which they then did a full value drawing from.
Today I passed my thesis defense. What a relief to have that complete! My thesis show will be on display until Saturday, March 29. Above is a picture from the opening.
I currently have work on display in two shows:
Paper in Particular at Columbia College in Columbia, MO, which will be on display from February 16-March 2.
5th Annual Drawing Discourse, S. Tucker Cooke Gallery, Asheville, NC, which will be on display from January 17-March 17.
I am thrilled to be included in both shows. The 5th Annual Drawing Discourse show was particularly competitive to get into with only 37 works being accepted out of 1,121. A catalog from that show can be seen here:
This summer, I will be co-teaching an interdisciplinary drawing and printmaking course at Penland School of Crafts with Bob Mueller, UF printmaking professor, from July 20-August 5. We'll use the unique setting and experience of Penland as a starting point to explore making images through a variety of drawing and printmaking processes. We'll begin with a focus on capturing a sense of place through drawing and observing the world of Penland. Then we'll bring these collected drawing and experiences into the print studio to prompt our experiments in monoprinting, soft and hard ground etching, and combinations thereof. More information can be found here: http://penland.org/classes/summer/summer_session_5.html.
I was selected to attend Integrative Teaching International's ThinkTank 8 this summer in Bozeman, MT. I am excited to talk teaching with the other attendees. We'll be focusing on discussing ways in which foundations courses can respond to 21st century needs.
Erin Curry, Nicole Gugliotti, and I had a month-long show, entitled Emerge, in the gallery at Valdosta State University. This picture is from the opening reception and gallery talk.
My work is featured on the promotional materials for a show that I am currently in - In Spite Of at the Holland Project Gallery in Reno, NV. The show is on display from September 9 - 27, 2013. The exhibition explores unconscious faith and everyday beliefs and was curated by Sarah Lillegard. More information can be found here: http://thisisreno.com/2013/08/holland-project-and-sierra-nevada-college-partner-to-exhibit-in-spite-of-featuring-14-artists/