Professor Eugene A. Schilling - painting and drawing

I was born in Seattle, Washington and grew up in a small town in Nebraska. I received my BFA Degree at the University of Nebraska and MFA at Colorado State University. I have been the recipient of the Francis Vreeland Award in Art at the University of Nebraska, the Colorado State University Fellowship in Art, the Presidential Teacher Award, Adams State University and was also awarded Honorary Professor of Painting at Chongqing University, Chongqing, China.

"The Descendents", acrylic on canvas, 100 x 150 cm
Eugene Schilling and Abel Tilahun from "The Collaboration Project", 2015

Presently my work focuses on non-objective painting, which includes my self-titled direction, “sarcastic realism”. These paintings combine my non-objective style with realistic imagery to create a nonsensical composition intended to fool the viewer. I have also been working with other artists on a series of collaborative paintings titled “The Collaboration Project”. I have exhibited paintings and drawings nationally (Los Angeles, CA, San Francisco, CA, New York, NY, Denver, CO, Philadelphia, PA, and Taos, NM) and internationally (Wales, Brazil, China, and Japan).

I currently serve as Professor of Art and Gallery Director, for the art department at ASU. I am responsible for intermediate, advanced and graduate level courses in painting and drawing. My intent as a professor of art focuses on facilitating the student’s intellectual growth in concert with his or her artistic development. As I pass on my technical and artistic knowledge it is important to do so in a way that actively involves the student in creative modes of expression. I make a conscious effort to provide challenging problems, which will stimulate refreshing and innovative results, thus creating a supportive and positive learning environment. I feel I am an easygoing but tough, student-centered educator, who will push students to do their best.