I hope 2016 is off to a great start for all of you. I found the holidays to be particularly hectic in December (probably because I waited until the 11th hour to prepare!), so I am really happy to have arrived in January, looking ahead to an exciting spring.
For the first time since 2006, I am teaching at the university level again. In early December, I was asked to fill a last-minute opening at CU Boulder to teach the graduate painting seminar, and I couldn’t be more excited. Although I don’t have plans to teach in a permanent capacity again, it’s really stimulating to step back into the classroom for a semester and work with advanced students.
Meanwhile, I am also teaching a beginning drawing class for my son Milo and seven other 5th graders, one afternoon each week. I am inspired by these young artists, many of whom are drawing from observation for the first time ever. It’s a really fascinating contrast with the graduate course at CU. Check back with me in a few months, and perhaps I’ll have some deep insights to offer about the arc of an artist’s education. Certainly, both experiences are giving me plenty to consider in regard to my own studio practice, particularly with respect to “old” habits and risk-taking.
Speaking of my studio practice, I am headed to Cleveland on January 23rd for a two-week printmaking residency with Zygote Press:
I’ve been awarded a Colombel-Soros Printmaking Edition Award, which will fund the production of a print edition through Ink House, Zygote’s Fine Art Edition Studio. Since I’m not a printmaker, I’ll be guided through the process by Christi Birchfield, an incredibly gifted printmaker who, coincidentally, happens to be a former student from the Cleveland Institute of Art.
I’m very excited to see how my recent body of work translates into a different medium. I’ll send out information and images of the finished edition later this spring.
In late April, I’ll be heading up to the Ucross Foundation, in Wyoming, for another two-week residency:
At Ucross, I’ll be working intensely in the painting studio, making the most of this opportunity to step away from the distractions and demands of daily life and focus completely on my practice. This is my second time at Ucross, and I am thrilled to be returning.
My next solo show with David B. Smith Gallery in Denver is slated for the fall of this year, so both these residencies are well-timed!
As always, please let me know if you have plans to be in the Boulder/Denver region in the coming months. I would love to connect!