Author Archives: Ryan

Power Weekend, pt. II

Thanks to everybody who made it to the TK Street Fair. This weekend starts early: THURSDAY, August 7th: First Thursday reception for MANIFEST                       I am very proud of this … Continue reading

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POWER WEEKEND, Pt. I

If you’re one of the people that sees me regularly, its likely you haven’t seen me in a while. I’ve been running an intense teaching schedule, and finishing an ambitious new show. For the next two weekends, my work and … Continue reading

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Art and Ecology: Understory

Two of the Rensing Center’s missions are Ecology and Creativity. In my residency this May, I pursued a project at an intersection of these two issues. I began making small paintings of trees at the Rensing Center. Initially, my concerns … Continue reading

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Portfolio Intensive at Gage

Each summer, I take some time away from collegiate teaching to work with the teenagers at Gage Academy of Art. For the last four years, Jethaniel Peterka and I have been team-teaching intensive programs for teens at Gage. We were paired … Continue reading

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Rensing, Week 1

I arrived here at the Rensing Center five days ago, where I was immediately greeted by a small herd of very friendly Saanen goats, a handful of indifferent cattle, and 26 acres of Appalachian woodlands and rolling pasture.  (I was … Continue reading

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There’s much more on Instagram

I put way, way more good stuff up on Instagram than I do on this blog. Go to my page. Follow me. Now you can look at my sketches, studio shots, and new works while you’re riding the bus, waiting … Continue reading

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Appalachian Spring

For the month of May, I will be fleeing the damp, dark, proto-spring of Seattle for an artist residency at the Rensing Center in the foothills of western South Carolina. I am thrilled about this. For several weeks, I’ll be … Continue reading

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Questions for Educators

I’ve been teaching studio and academic classes for more than seven years now, and I am occasionally asked to write a Teaching Philosophy to explain my thoughts on this work. In my hands, this is often a stiff, miserable document … Continue reading

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