Adjunct Instructor in Art
He works as a free-lance graphic designer and applies his design expertise to his residential and commercial contracting business in the San Luis Valley.Kris Gosar is an adjunct professor of drawing and painting. He studied at the University of Colorado, Boulder in Environmental and Architectural Design. Kris graduated with honors from the Art Center, College of Design, Pasadena, California.
Professor of Art
Dana Provence graduated from Baylor University and the University of North Texas. He teaches all levels of undergraduate courses in sculpture, jewelry and metalsmithing. He is a nationally exhibited and internationally collected artist and a member of the International Sculpture Center, The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), and is on the board of the SLV STEAM Shop, the maker space for the San Luis Valley.
He initially studied and worked as a scientist, becoming skilled at investigating and engineering form and function at the microscopic and molecular levels; but as a sculptor, he uses these abilities of thoughtful observation and analysis to create visually engaging three-dimensional designs. His artwork is driven by conceptual themes and a fascination with language. Although he has incorporated many distinct materials and media in his work, the focus continues to highlight the human experience, both socially and individually.
His teaching experience parallels his professional career as a mixed and multimedia sculptor. Students develop a skillful sensitivity towards concepts and a hands-on knowledge of materials and fabrication techniques. Volume of production, build quality, and originality of work are celebrated, enabling the production of work relevant to one’s own personal vision. Students question the status quo and explore hybrid processes that communicate a visual language that is in step with contemporary culture.
Leslie Macklin Rice
Assistant Professor Ceramic
I grew up in Southern Missouri and received my BFA in ceramics from Webster University in St. Louis. I completed my MFA at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in New Bedford, MA. My professional activities include lecturing in a panel at the International Ceramics Festival in Aberystwyth, Wales, exhibiting across the United States including juried shows in Houston, TX; Portland, Or; Tallahassee, FL; Boston, MA; Manhattan, New York; and internationally in Essex, England. When not in the studio or teaching you can find me in the kitchen, creating and testing experimental popcorn flavors or outside, playing ball with my dog Ruffles.
My artwork explores the connections between vernacular space and the human condition. I am inspired by objects that embody the collective history of a place, from local architectural structures to historically significant objects. Often found in various states of care, reuse, or neglect, these objects reflect the passage of time and reveal relationships between living space, history, memory, and the discarded. By manipulating of these familiar spaces, I invite viewers to reflect on their own surroundings, reflect on history and change, and encourage reflection on the complexity of human connection with others, objects, and experiences.
In the classroom, I challenge students to develop the depth of their interests through advancing their technical skills, analyzing historical and contemporary creative practices, by encouraging a variety of research methods towards conceptual growth, and encouraging an active involvement in a community engaged social practice. This diverse approach enables students to integrate various creative processes, and communicate their own unique perspective of the world, within their chosen medium.
Professor of Art
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.
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.
Assistant Professor of Art
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.