My convictions as an artist and educator have led me to create Nomad/9, and educational initiative that is working on developing a new form of the MFA.
I’ve worked with students for nearly 25 years, in a variety of settings. It is a privilege to guide a group through a fifteen-week semester, and a challenge to balance craft, conceptual development and the student’s own personal vision. I learn a lot from being a teacher, regardless of whether I am teaching a first year foundation student, or a grad student wrapping up an MFA. Currently I teach at an art school within a metropolitan university, the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford.
The world needs artists who are broadly educated and can initiate progress through interdisciplinary dialogue. In order to create more of a link between the realities of the environmental crisis and my pedagogy, I initiated the Ghana Sustainable Studio Course in 2011. This course brings US students to Ghana, West Africa and explores ecology, design, sustainability, ancient crafts and contemporary arts. The course is held at the Kokrobitey Institute. You can see the website for the course here.
Over the years I’ve increasingly been inspired to bring students out of the academic context so that they can learn from the world at large. In 2004 I introduced a Professional Practices course, which investigates the ways that artists engage with the world, and create ongoing life-art equilibrium. That course received an “Innovations in Pedagogy” award from the University of Hartford in 2009. More recently, I have initiated an internship for Hartford students at Art Basel Miami Beach through the Bass Museum, which allows students to understand the complexities, scale and dynamics of the contemporary art world.