I was fortunate to experience a wide variety of pedagogical styles while receiving my formal education. There were poets who invoked metaphorical images, encyclopedic lecturers, driven taskmasters who demanded preparedness and the occasional mono-toned speaker. From these educators I took away a desire to challenge students to do their best while combining strong scholarship with a sense of fun and of awe. My favorite lectures are when I can don the clothing and personality of a Michelangelo or Jackson Pollock. I have been known to make an apple pie from scratch while talking about the DADA movement or send students out to explore the architectural style of local buildings while completing a treasure hunt. At Maryville College I have been the instructor or record for classes in: Art History, Drawing, Printmaking, Cooking, Design I, Senior Ethics, and Art Appreciation. I am a practicing printmaker who has exhibited works from Massachusetts to Florida, Michigan to Texas and of course California. I believe teaching is a personal endeavor where one shares with students what one knows while encouraging them to find their own path and for them to learn to challenge themselves to be the best they can be. The following short biography could give you some insight into who and what influenced me.
Either the stars were aligned or I was simply the recipient of a fortuitous coincidence of celestial events because I was born the same year the first on-air television station began broadcasting in my home city of Indianapolis, Indiana. My first babysitters were an eleven inch black and white RCA TV and such early cultural icons as Uncle Miltie, Howdy Doody, and Ernie Kovacs. My older brother introduced me to classic reading material like Mad Magazine and the tones of the band known as Spike Jones and the City Slickers. I also made the yearly trip to the Art Museum where I was mystified by the work of odd named individuals like Seurat and Picasso. I received degrees (usually in Art or Theology) from Hanover College, Christian Theological Seminary, the University of Louisville and Indiana State University and did additional graduate studies at the University of Chicago. I worked at both the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the David and Alfred Smart Museum. I am presently a Professor of Art at Maryville College.
I choose to express myself through pen and ink drawings and the print media because of the rich and seductive look of ink upon paper and because with prints once created I am able to part with and yet keep my work. Whether it is my history, the numerous times I was dropped on my head or my contrarian nature my prints and drawings often take on a satirical bent. All is fair game for a satirist but I choose to question and explore that which most intimately surrounds me. Television, religious beliefs, art, my ego, the environment in which I live or have lived, all come under scrutiny. I raise reoccurring questions: Is there such a thing as manifest destiny? Or does the hand of God or whatever really select the winner at the beauty pageant? I borrow freely from the past. The decorative and structural look of late medieval English manuscripts, the repetition of William Morris wallpaper, the patterning of Grant Wood and Roger Brown, the look of the Abstract Expressionists, the Pop image of Warhol or Lichenstein, the structure of a mandala, all or some are utilized in my work.
COURSES BEING CURRENTLY TAUGHT:
ART 111: Survey of Western Art, Paleolithic through Gothic Art
ART 121: Beginning Drawing, An introduction to seeing and techniques
ART 126: Beginning Printmaking, An introduction to relief and intaglio techniques
ART 212: Survey of Western Art, Gothic through the 19th Century
ART 311: Modern and Post-Modern Art History
ART 313: Medieval Art History
ETH 490: Senior Ethics, a survey of ethical systems
FNA 140: Introduction to the Arts with an emphasis on the visual arts.
COURSES TAUGHT IN PAST YEARS:
ART 102: 2D Design, An introduction to design principles
ART 314: Renaissance Art History
ART 315: Art history from the Baroque through the 19th Century
ECN 200: Food, Dollars and Sense, a cooking class where students explore economical, healthy and efficient ways of feeding themselves after college.