It's that time of year - this morning USM held its annual matriculation ceremony, and tomorrow classes start! I will be teaching Sculpture, Painting I, Typography, and Art Career Internship. I'm looking forward to meeting new students and hearing how returning students have spent their summers!
Graduating senior Kristina Carbrey's senior thesis solo exhibition is on display in Goppert Gallery - it opened with a reception on Friday, April 6th from 3-5pm, with normal gallery hours of 9am-3pm April 6-20. Kristina is a very talented artist interested in the human form and psychology and she put together an impressive body of work for this exhibition so I encourage you to check it out! She's also donating all proceeds from sales through this show to the Ulman Cancer Fund and spending her summer biking 4K across the US to raise money and awareness for this charity. I think it will be an amazing adventure! If you'd like to donate directly to this cause, here is her link.
Here's the press release from her show - come take a look and also see if any of her work wants to accompany you home!
It's that time again! Spring 2018 at USM will start on Monday, January 15th, and with it, my courses: Introduction to Printmaking, Computer Graphics, Advanced Honors Seminar in Interdisciplinary Art, and Art Career Internship, Advanced Studios, and Senior Exhibit (the latter three counting together as one course load).
I look forward to seeing new and returning students and all the new artwork they'll produce!
My student Arcilia Gonzalez is graduating this spring, and her senior exhibition is having its opening reception tomorrow! Come to Goppert Gallery between 3-5pm on Friday, April 7th to take in Not Just Beautiful, but Alive and Breathing - or if you absolutely can't make it then, it will be up through April 21st. Here's the press release!
Arcilia's graduation marks the fourth year that I've been teaching at USM, so hers is the first class I've seen all the way through from freshmen to graduation. She's also been a work study student of mine, and is an interesting, good person, so I'll miss her in a number of ways. Arcilia has another show in the region this winter, though, so I'll get to see her again after she graduates in the not too distant future.
The Spring 2017 semester is almost upon us! At the University of Saint Mary, we commemorate Martin Luther King Day instead of taking it as a holiday, so Monday was slated to be out first day of classes... but the weather has other plans, and to avoid the predicted ice storm and attempt to help unravel the resultant travel complications our students are already facing, we have canceled classes on Monday and will instead begin Spring 2017 classes on Tuesday.
This semester, I am teaching an overload (five classes instead of my typical four): Basic Design, Drawing II, Typography, Honors Seminar: Interdisciplinary Art, and Art Career Internship/Advanced Studios/Senior Exhibit. The overload is due to taking on the Honors Seminar; I'm very excited about it as I got to create the class entirely with our honor student population and my own academic interests in mind.
The University of Saint Mary's Spring 2016 semester is officially starting on Monday, January 18th (aka tomorrow if you're reading this post on the day it's published). I'll be teaching Painting I, II, & III; Printmaking; Typography; and Advanced Studios, Internships, & Senior Show. That counts as a four course load, which is standard for USM. I was scheduled for an overload of five courses - Drawing II was also on the calendar - but none of our students chose to take it this semester.
I've taught all of these courses before, but I did adjust some of the syllabi and projects based on former student feedback and how my own media interests have developed, so I'm excited to see how the courses progress this time. (And, obviously, each semester is already different because the students also change.) One of the reasons I really enjoy working at USM is that I do get to teach a variety of courses instead of a number of sessions of the same course, and that's true not only within a semester but also across multiple semesters. I find the course rotation keeps the material fresh and interesting for me.