What do you love most about teaching at CR?
I absolutely love my teaching assignment, which includes ceramics, sculpture, and professional practices courses. I am passionate about working with students every day, teaching ceramics and sculptural processes and ideas, and sharing culturally relevant and historically important artworks and information. Teaching makes me curious and dovetails perfectly with my own studio practice, which I am actively involved in. I learn so much from the CR population. Every day I am helping students answer questions and realize projects that push the boundaries of my understanding of being an artist. I am grateful to live on the North Coast and to work at a beautiful campus with excellent colleagues.
What do you love most about your discipline?
I'm excited about the endless possibilities of exploring materials. I enjoy the emotive power that various materials convey under different artists' direction. I revel in the joy of making, pushing boundaries, and developing a personal language to incorporate into my pieces. Currently I'm involved in making ceramic and mixed media sculptural objects, translucent ceramic and acrylic wall panels, and site-specific installations that use a visual vocabulary rooted in the prevailing ways of nature. My work maintains an alluring, mysterious quality, and is intended as avenue to explore the nuances present in the living world.
Professor Shannon Sullivan received her Bachelors of Fine Arts with a ceramics emphasis from the University of Wisconsin in Eau-Claire. She went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of North Texas in Ceramics and Sculpture, and has been teaching in the Art Department at College of the Redwoods since 2006. She has participated in artist residencies in Denmark (2004) and China (2013) and presented a paper at a conference in Germany called "Learning With Wood (2010)". Her ceramic and mixed media artwork has been exhibited in group and solo shows internationally, across the United States, and locally at the Piante Gallery, the First Street Gallery, and the Accident Gallery. She regularly attends the National Council on the Education for Ceramic Art conference as well as the California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art, where her students exhibit their work in conjunction with the conference every April. She is on the Board of Trustees at the Morris Graves Museum of Art and participates in the North Coast Open Studios Event.
To learn more about her work, visit www.shannonmsullivan.com