Visiting Assistant Professor Eric Stewart – photography and foundations.
I was born and raised in Chicago where I received my B.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. My artistic practice began with painting and drawing but became extended to include the fields of sound, photography and the moving image. Before moving to Colorado to receive my M.F.A. at the University of Colorado Boulder, I lived in Oakland California where I taught a biweekly analogue photography workshop called “The Elements of Image Making”.
In my work I use photochemical and darkroom processes to investigate landscape, place and cultural identity in the American West. My current work is a photo-essay and oral history project, looking at the legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the Southwest and the personal stories of activists involved in the environmental and anti-nuclear movement.
I bring my work as an artist into the classroom where students learn the skills necessary to thrive in professional media environments alongside the visual and critical skills inherent in the contemporary art world. Through exploring interdisciplinary approaches to materials I teach my students to value experimentation, chance and failure as ways to find and articulate their personal voice.