John Early

Lately I’ve been…

baking bread, cutting my own hair, and figuring out how to create pastels out of dust and dirt.

About

I teach foundations courses in the College of Art including Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design, and Three-Dimensional Design. Ever since I made my first sculpture in high school using a few found car parts and some bicycle spokes, I’ve enjoyed developing a studio practice that re-contextualizes and elevates the everyday. I’m originally from Richmond, Virginia, and have lived in St. Louis for over 15 years.

Student work

This is one of the mixed media drawings my students made in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mary Ruppert-Stroescu

Lately I’ve been…

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About

In her current research, Mary Ruppert-Stroescu, PhD, focuses on the study and application of creativity, particularly through the exploration of sustainable fashion design and production and wearable electronic textile-based sensing systems that address issues of health and well-being. Her interdisciplinary collaborations with engineers and medical scientists have resulted in innovations related to conductive thread performance, the integration of sensors into textile embodiments for diverse body types, and user needs for textile-based sensing systems. She holds intellectual property protection for four inventions and has presented her research and creative scholarship at national and international conferences.

Student work

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Jude Agboada

Lately I’ve been…

reviving my green thumb! I grew up with plants and trees, and now I find myself growing so many plants in my apartment and using that as a means of therapy. You’ll find me in a forest soon!

About

A visual communication designer who has worked as a branding expert for the last 7 years, Jude Agboada earned an MFA in Visual Communication Design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He uses dialogue to explore ways to encourage conversation. His practice revolves around exploring how people define community, identity, and culture via multidisciplinary approaches, ranging from artist books to public space activations. He’s dedicated to unearth improved ways of creating connection by focusing on how people relate to each other and the spaces they inhabit, and the navigational skills involved for effective communication. 

Student work

Sarah Auches remote brainstorming and creative process documented via InVision; a remote tool that we use a lot to protype and test out ideas.

Dmitri Jackson

Lately I’ve been…

drawing and writing my webcomic Blackwax Boulevard, as well as editing a comic anthology consisting of work by students in my class.

About

Dmitri Jackson is a graphic novelist, freelance illustrator, and teacher based in St. Louis. His artwork has appeared in outlets such as the Riverfront Times, Curiosus Magazine, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Jackson manages Frotoon Press, a DIY publisher of personal comic narratives that explore music, politics, culture, and identity. His idiosyncratic brand of storytelling has garnered him 11 Glyph Comics Award nominations and a 2019 National Indie Excellence Award for Comics & Graphic Novels.

Student work

Right now, my students are creating 2-minute videos, edited from found footage, that explore the strategies of contemporary appropriation. See these screenshots.

Linnea Ryshke

Lately I’ve been…

matching the voice to the face of all the different bird species that live in my neighborhood on my daily 1-hour walks, and creating an artist book about my COVID-19 quarantine experience.

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Student Work

In my Drawing class, we are in the midst of the section called Drawing as Invention. Students are utilizing non-traditional drawing techniques and taking advantage of materials at hand to create maps of their COVID-19 experience.

Ameila Jones

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About

Amelia-Colette Jones earned her MFA in Visual Art from the Sam Fox School in 2009. She is an instructional technician in the Sam Fox School’s College of Art and an adjunct instructor in the Art and Art History Department at St. Charles Community College. In 2017, Jones co-founded Flood Plain, an art space and experimental music venue located in the Gravois Park Neighborhood. Flood Plain acts as a laboratory for local artists and is part of an expanding network of regional partners that includes Rose Raft—an artist residency in southern Illinois—and Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. As part of a three-person curatorial team that includes co-Ddrectors Elizabeth Wolfson and Trina Van Ryn, Jones manages installation in the gallery as well as Flood Plain’s live, musical programming.

Student work

Artwork is by Jermy Munoz-Vega—this project used color as a catalyst for poetry and storytelling. The combination of color and narrative built the final composition.