2017 Educators Showcase: Katie Ries

Katie Ries is an artist, cultivator, and teacher living in Wisconsin. She makes drawings, prints, objects, and events that raise and answer questions about land, labor, and community. She is the founder of the Land Scouts, a modern troop promoting land stewardship and open to all. Her work is in public and private collections throughout the United States. You can find images of her work in progress on Instagram @ktries, quippy thoughts on Twitter @ktries, and a portfolio of her artwork at whoshareswins.com



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2017 Educators Showcase: Hollis Hammonds

Hollis Hammonds is a Kentucky born artist who has been living and working in Austin, Texas since 2007. Her work crosses media from drawing to sculptural installation and has been exhibited throughout the U.S. including solo exhibitions at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC; the Dishman Art Museum in Beaumont, TX; the Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati in OH; the Museum of Art at Southern Mississippi University in Hattiesburg, MS; the Hiestand Galleries at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX; and at Women and Their Work gallery in Austin, TX. She was an artist in residence at McColl Center for Art and Innovation and UNC Charlotte in spring 2016.

She is the author of Drawing Structure: Conceptual and Observational Techniques, and has had her creative work published in New American Paintings, Manifest’s International Drawing Annual, Uppercase Magazine and 60 Americans.

Hammonds has a BFA from Northern Kentucky University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Visual Studies at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX.




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2017 Educators Showcase: Ellen Mueller

 Ellen Mueller has exhibited nationally and internationally as an interdisciplinary artist exploring issues related

to the environment, hyperactive news media and corporate management systems. She received her MFA in

Studio Art from University of South Florida. Recent exhibitions include Americana at The Soap Factory in

Minneapolis MN and Currents New Media Festival in Santa Fe NM. Selected artist residencies include

Ox-Bow, Ucross Foundation, Nes Artist Residency (Iceland), VCCA, Signal Culture, Playa, Bunker Projects, 

and Künstlerhaus Lukas (Germany, May 2017). Mueller has also published a foundational art textbook with

Oxford University Press entitled Elements and Principles of 4D Art and Design.

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2017 Educators Showcase: Amanda Horton

Amanda (Mandy) Horton holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Oklahoma State University and an MFA in Design from The University of Central Oklahoma. Mandy teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in design technology, design studio and the history of graphic design.

Mandy's specialty is design history and she has developed multiple courses for UCO on this subject, including an award-winning History of Graphic Design online course and is director of the new Design History minor at UCO.

Her present interests include researching the history of information design as well as exploring new classroom technology. She is an active member of AIGA, has served on the local board in multiple capacities and as faculty advisor to the UCO student chapter. Additionally, Mandy is also the coordinator of the Graphic Design Internship program at UCO.







2017 Educators Showcase: Joe Hedges

Joe Hedges is an intermedia artist living and working in the inland northwest, United States.  Hedges paintings, digital prints, videos and internet art projects explore the links between science and art through the visual language of the experiment and the archive.  With a reverence for art history, and an enthusiastic interest in the effects of digital technologies on human experience, Hedges’ work melds vocabularies and media. In the summer of 2015 Hedges' digital images were included in a group show Momento/Memento at Reverse Space, a contemporary gallery in New York City.  Hedges recently had a solo exhibition at The Art Academy of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, OH and was selected for a new media exhibition at the CICA museum in Gimpo-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.

As an educator Hedges has taught painting, foundations and digital imaging at Northern Kentucky University, Miami University Hamilton and currently works at Washington State University coordinating the painting program as Assistant Professor of Painting/Intermedia, looking at painting as a form of media technology and exploring ways painting can interface with other disciplines and media. In 2015 Hedges presented a paper about color theory and magenta at FATE conference, and contributed to an Integrative Education International Future Forward paper about The Three R's (Risk, Research & Rigor).  

 As a curator Hedges has works with experimental curatorial collective Near*By (nearbycollective.org) to stage ephemeral and interdisciplinary exhibitions that connect artists and pluralistic audiences.  

 Hedges holds a BFA with an emphasis in painting from Northern Kentucky University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP– College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning.  www.joehedges.com




March 2016 Educators Showcase: Alan Skees

Alan Skees was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. He received his BFA from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he studied traditional and alternative forms of printmaking, digital arts, design, and a little sculpture and ceramics thrown in just for fun. He received his MFA degree in 2007 from the University of Arizona. While there, he studied more alternative forms of printmaking, non-toxic printmaking, book arts, installation art, and other forms of digital image making. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts, New Media, and Printmaking at Christopher Newport University. He lives and makes art in Hampton, Virginia with his wife Kristin Skees, and they show their work nationally and internationally.

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Neu Naturalis

“Another glorious Sierra day in which one seems to be dissolved and absorbed and sent pulsing onward we know not where. Life seems neither long nor short, and we take no more heed to save time or make haste than do the trees and stars. This is true freedom, a good practical sort of immortality.”


- John Muir, My First Summer in the Sierra

During the Summer of 2014 my wife, my 9 month old daughter, and my inlaws set out for a cross country road trip. We drove from Coastal Virginia out to Montana, through Yellowstone, though endless plains and farmland, through mountain ranges, through the Badlands of the Dakotas, and into the forests of Canada and back. Seeing the land change, twist, and contort as we traveled was incredible. The active volcanic terrain of Yellowstone and wild living rock formations changing before my eyes left me with a sense of awe of the forces of nature and time. Along the way we also explored museums displaying active dig sites and exotic mineral and fossil formations. It is all of those experiences that influences these digital works.

In this series, I use bits of stone, minerals as well as fossils and shells we collected along our journey to compose the images. Micro lenses, motors, and video cameras were used to capture image data that was then filtered through slit scanning scripts in PROCESSING (a programming language). The scripts create these images with digitized textures and surface movement that are reminiscent of the shearing tectonic forces I saw in the rocks and land out in nature.

Consider this series as my sublime digital meditation on the forces that created and continue to change our beautiful planet.

Pink Geode

Neu Naturalis - Nautilus - 3_3

Neu Naturalis - Nautilus and Barnacles - 2_3

Student Work:  Digital Collage - Place & Identity





February 2016 Educators Showcase: Andrea Kantrowitz

Andrea Kantrowitz

Dr. Andrea Kantrowitz is an artist, educator and scholar, who received her doctorate in drawing and cognition from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014.  Her dissertation examined the cognitive interactions underlying contemporary artists’ drawing practices and she has lectured and given workshops internationally on her research. At Pratt Institute, she is collaborating on an interdisciplinary research project investigating the cognitive benefits of foundation drawing instruction with a team of psychologists from Brooklyn College, She is a founder and co-director of the Thinking through Drawing International Symposia series.  She holds a B.A in Art and Cognition from Harvard University and a MFA in Painting from Yale, and an Ed.D from Columbia University in art education and cognitive studies.  She teaches foundation drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and art education at Tyler School of Art, Temple University. She worked for many years as a teaching artist in the New York City public schools and has been involved in multiple local and national arts in education research projects.  Her own art work is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art. 

Professional Work

Seven Brides

Daughters of LeucippusMyriad RavinesStudent Work
Improvisational Collaborative Drawing Project

November 2015 Educators Showcase: Jesse Payne

Jesse Payne

Jesse Payne is an American artist currently working and teaching in Doha, Qatar. Payne’s work uses rigorous craft to amplify his creative interests: what does it mean to understand an artist’s gaze, and what does it do to a culture to censor it? His subjects – whether dimensioned iterations of Leonardo’s grotesque faces, or the further obscurity of censored art – are rendered in a hyper-representationalist manner, interrogating viewers with these same questions.

He is a recipient of the Virginia Commonwealth University Distinguished Achievement in Teaching Award, and has had the fortune of also having taught at Savannah College of Art and Design, Northern Illinois University, and elsewhere. He is dedicated to the development of fine arts education, having served on the National Board of Foundation in Art: Theory & Education (FATE), and currently acting as Vice President for International Development for Integrative Teaching International, a think-tank for education professionals. He presents regularly at conferences, discussing innovation and the contemporary landscape of art, and foundations pedagogy.


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During the past year, I have been contemplating the various types of digital drawing experiences that I could provide to my students. In my courses I have the flexibility to cover the entire gamut and touch upon both traditional and digital approaches to drawing in today’s world. Starting in a traditional manner using complementary media, we used tools such as Adboe Photoshop, Premier and the Wacom Inkling to translate our drawings into the digital realm.

My director Simone Muscolino and I co-developed and collaborated on the EYES project at the end of the Fall 2014 semester.  This project challenged the students to demonstrate many of the skills they had learned throughout the semester.  As Simone stated, “Inspired by an image of Charles Eames looking through the eyes of Pablo Picasso, this project invites the students to understand the importance of this process in art and design.”  The EYES project was created to provide an opportunity for the students to reflect on the creative process of artist and designers.  VCUQatar is a university that focuses on innovation and excellence.  Students are consistently being challenged to think critically about their work and the work of others.  We ask them to observe the world around them in an interesting way and be aware of a larger network of artist and designers working today.  Therefor, it is critical that they understand the views and thinking processes of both artists and designers.   For this reason, the EYES project was a perfect opportunity to create this dialogue and shed light on the similarities and differences of artists and designers.

Conceptually, the eyes represent ones identity.  To gaze into a females eyes in this culture is somewhat of a rare opportunity.  This project not only allows such an opportunity but also challenges the stereotypes about Arab females in general.  This project allows a privileged view to ponder on ones true identity while simultaneously challenging the viewer to understand how they view the world.

The project implements digital time-based media (Adobe Premeir), Adobe Photoshop and traditional drawing materials into one assignment.  The result is, I believe, a project that has a stronger impact on the viewer. 

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October 2015 Educators Showcase: Casey McGuire

Casey McGuireCasey McGuire was born in Shrewsbury, Vermont. The daughter of a taxidermist and decoy carver she was subject to object making at a young age. House traps, shadows and eerie lit structures are remnants of growing up in Vermont. This has left a lasting impression and fuels the work she produces today that addresses the material repercussions of the housing crisis.

McGuire received her BFA from Alfred University; and a MFA in Sculpture, from University of Colorado, Boulder in 2007.  She is an Assistant Professor at the University of West Georgia, where she is the Foundations Coordinator.

McGuire has had solo exhibitions at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI, The Zuckerman Museum of Art, in Kennesaw, GA, and ATHICA, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, in Athens, Georgia.

Recently her works have been shown at the Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta, GA; Universityof Mississippi in Oxford, MI and at the UTSA Satellite Gallery in San Antonio, TX.  An interview with McGuire was published in the October 2009 edition of Sculpture Magazine.


Good Fences Make Good NeighborsInsatiabile Feeling of Soft GroundTerrestrial Apparatus

Student Work:  Texture Your Out There Somewhere (Assignment)

September 2015 EducatoCloudrackrCloudracks Showcase: Jason Lee

Jason LeeJason Lee is currently an Associate Professor of Sculpture and Foundations Coordinator in the Division of Art and Design at West Virginia University in Morgantown. Lee was born in 1969 in Goldsborough, NC. He received his BFA from Kent State University in 1993 and his MFA from University of Wisconsin Madison in 1998.

 A multi media sculptor and installation artist, Jason Lee incorporates a wide variety of materials and techniques into his oddly humorous constructions and presentations. In some of Lee's most recent work he utilizes custom fabricated light boxes as well as cast plastic ducks and extruded foam fences to create his vision of the ideal landscape. Lee received the 2008 SECAC Individual Artists Fellowship and recently had work featured at the Clark Arts Center in Rockford, IL and in the 2014 “A Gallery Divided” Exhibition at the Clay Center for the Arts in Charleston, WV.




Small Cloud Rack & Goose

Student Work:  Dimensional Photo (Assignment)


Dimensional Photo Collage

July 2015 Educators Showcase: Joe Chesla

Joe Chesla holds an MFA from Utah State University and a BSA from University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Recent solo exhibitions include:

Amalgam, CG Gallery, Edwardsville IL; Resuscitation, Luther College Gallery, Decorah IA; Fine Print, PHD Gallery, St Louis MO; Letting Go a Breath, Schmidt Art Center, Belleville IL; Acoustical Compromise, Forest Park Contemporary Gallery, St Louis MO.

He worked as a preparator at The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and as head preparator at the Kemper Museum of Art in Kansas City. Chesla is the recipient of numerous awards including Utah State University Arts Grant and Utah Arts Council Grant, John Morgan Fellowship, and the George B and Marie Eccles Caine Art Scholarship.

He is a Professor at St. Louis Community College at Meramec, and heads the sculpture department.



Using aspects of order, repetition, stillness and evolution, Chesla works to create works of unfocused awareness. Within these pieces, we experience manifestations of internal and external, cool and comforted, filtered and clarity of vision. We can find comfort in glacial speeds and spaces of great stillness. This work takes the viewer to that place of personal confrontation with beauty, stillness, isolation, and vast mindfulness.



Letting Go a Breath

April 2015 Educators Showcase: Blaine Bradford

AmbrotypeIntrigued by the mechanisms that weave our social fabric, Blaine Bradford is fascinated with a variety of ideas tied to social conformity and emotional isolation.  Within each composition his work tussles with a narrative of navigating within the daily trappings of the day-to-day normality that tends to derail or limit our ability to truly act freely and take possession of ourselves.

Blaine is a Foundations instructor and 2D Mentor at the School of Art and Design at Northern Illinois University. The summer of 2014 he was awarded an Emerging Educator Fellowship from Integrative Teaching International for the ThankTank 8 conference in Bozeman, Montana.  Blaine also attended the 2012 ThankTank 7 and contributed to the publication Foundations NOW, Volume 3, Issue 1:  Connecting the Dots: Inside and Outside the Box. He received a B.A. from Michigan State University and completed his M.F.A. at Northern Illinois University’s School of Art and Design, in 2010.

 The Third ManNew ShowsNever Had to Mow the LawnStorytelling BackgroundHamletExistentialist on the PrairieTeaching Innovations in the Classroom

March 2015 Educators Showcase: Marco Rosichelli

 Marco Rosichelli

Marco Rosichelli lives in Kansas City, Missouri and currently oversees Foundation Programming as Foundations Coordinator and Assistant Professor at the University of Central Missouri.

His recent achievements include exhibitions at The New Mexico Museum of Art and the Arizona Biennial, as well as awarded residencies at The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, WASSAIC in New York, and The Vermont Studio Center.




Marco Rosichelli Portfolio

Painter Of Light

Re-Made In China

Re-Made In China - Detail



Assignment - Objects and Meaning

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December 2014 Educators Showcase: Chung Fan Chang

 Chung Fan Chang

Chung-Fan Chang is a visual artist who explores and investigates in painting, works on paper and wall installation to communicate her vision of beauty that reflect issues within the society and daily life  experience. Her Kite series of work assemble historical concerns, social signifiers and meditative practice all into a singular voice.

Chang has exhibited her work in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. She was the 2013-14 Visual Arts Fellow at the Mississippi Arts Commission, and was the recipient of ThinkTank 7 Emerging Educator Fellowship. Recently, Chang exhibited her work at the Asian Cultural Center, Manhattan Art Gallery in New York. She co-curated Horizon Realm: Contemporary Art from Taiwan, which was held at Tenri Cultural Center in New York.

Chang obtained MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design, and BFA from Taipei National University of the Arts.  She is currently Assistant professor of Art at Jackson State University.


Chung Fan Chang Portfolio

Eongher's Land

 Xinma's Land

XuchangGÇÖs Land


Assignment - Nature As Material

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2014 Educator Showcase: Chris Olszewski


As an active member of the Chippewa of Mnjikaning First Nation, I have developed my aesthetic from the creative visual language of the Northern Woodland people.  My work is rooted in western painting traditions, as well as being trained in the modernist/postmodernist philosophy of art.  I also have a fascination with the ancient Native American world and how it interacts with current times.  My goal is to develop the Native American image beyond the “Souvenir Shop” and to depict actual people struggling with the encroachment of the dominant contemporary culture.  Chris works as a professor in the School of Foundations Studies, SCAD.


Chris Olszewski Portfolio



Assignment - McDonald's Project       

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2014 Educator Showcase: Kjellgren Alkire

 Photo Credit: Rik Sferra

Kjellgren Alkire makes art about doubt and certainty, language and its failure, people and their politics, agriculture and its subcultures. He often critiques masculine archetypes by performing both for the camera and in live artworks. Pairing male characters with texts, graphics and installation, he interrogates and celebrates subcultural productions of identity and mythology. Choosing to work interdisciplinary, he is agnostic regarding specific material traditions, media practices or creative toolsets.

His studio and curatorial work has been a beneficiary of several awards, including 2014 Jerome Foundation Fellowship for Emerging Artists, a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, a Contemporary Forum Award from the Phoenix Art Museum and Project Funding from the Missouri Arts Council.

He teaches art and design at Winona State University in lovely southeastern Minnesota. His life is beautiful and flawed.


Kjellgren Alkire Portfolio

Photo Credit: Peter Bugg

Camp Characters at the Shed: Youth Director, Mudman, Man In Black, Professor
Screenprint and resin on chromogenic color print mounted on steel,
24” x 36” each 


Photo Credit: Peter Bugg

Camp Characters at the Shed: Mudman, Camp Director, Youth Director, Man In Black 
Screenprint and resin on chromogenic color print mounted on steel,
16” x 20” each 


Photo Credit: Peter Bugg
Camp Exhibition: Installation Panoramic
Left to right: screenprinted canvas banners, tempera drawing on wall, site-specific installation, HD video, sculpture on trailer,
1000 square feet, 16’ ceilings 


Assignment - Video Self-Portrait       

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