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I am an art educator. I educate others about art (artists and works), in art (processes and techniques) and through art (using art to address issues). I’ve been making art all my life, exhibiting in galleries and museums throughout the country. Fine art/craft, sophisticated/campy, humorous/serious, truth/fiction. . . I enjoy walking the line.
Since the mid-eighties, I have focused on making wooden furniture, mostly cabinets and containers, usually in a series. My personal aesthetic leans toward the functional, with lots of detail, and a bit of humor. Being a social activist at heart, I often use my artistic skills to confront problematic issues, reveal truths, and penetrate the cultivated ignorance in society.
I make art to get people to think, and to question, and maybe even to change. I do this because so much needs to be done, and this is what I can do, with what I’ve got, where I am. I believe in the power of truth, and in the power of education to reveal truths as well as serve as a non-violent catalyst for change. I desire to alleviate unnecessary suffering wherever it occurs (in humans, animals, and the environment.) And, I like to make people smile.
Madison, Wisconsin is where I was born and where I earned my Doctorate and Master’s degrees. (I have a undergraduate degree in psychology/art/philosophy from James Madison University.) For over twenty-five years I have taught art, from kindergarten through college (liking middle school best.) Primarily I have been a Professor at Appalachian State University, where I also founded and directed The Community Art School at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. (I have also taught at Seton Hill University and the University of Wisconsin.) Currently I live with my partner (Nick Biddle) and my pupper (Mr. Darcy) in Brattleboro, Vermont, where we operate an arts collective -- ArtRageUs1.