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.
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.
Leslie Macklin Rice
Assistant Professor of Art
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.
Assistant Professor of Art
A recent Valley implant from the Detroit area, Bill wears his midwest friendliness and trust like a comfortable pair of Carhartt overalls (is that a thing?) When he steps into the classroom it’s like he’s stepped over the chalkline of a ball field, into another world. His undergrad degree is from Detroit’s Center for Creative Studies, and he received his MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design. The only things Bill possibly loves near as much as his sons are good kerning, white space, convincing storytelling, and underdogs (oh, and puppies). He may also be an exception to the rule that good guys finish last.
Here’s how he thinks about his work and process:
“The art and design I explore requires knowledge from, rather than about, people and landscapes through embodied learning. My explorations are made possible through touch, and movement using all senses. For me the past and future are felt through the body. For instance, there is knowing that only walking can enable, and memory that only touch can recall. Embodied experience is important me. I’ll use a metaphor for this: Thinking through my feet is akin to writing and sketching, where each footstep imprints like a mark onto myself as well as the landscape. Each step becomes an active moment in space as well as time, just as a pencil rises from a surface between marks. I’m intrigued with people and place, identity and memory, materials and meaning.”
Visiting Professor of Art
Raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Mónica Martinez is a visual artists who uses photography, video, design, and installation to create conceptually based work focused on the hyper normalization of violence in Northern Mexican society.
Martinez examines individual narratives pulled from her own experience growing up in Ciudad Juarez. Her work consists of photographs, video and installations that aims to highlight and understand the contradictions of her past and present life events lived in the border area. She sees her artwork as a tool for narrating autobiographical events by turning violent situations into aesthetically pleasing images. She focuses on those daily life moments of ambivalence in which sadness and joy coexist at the same time and place.
Martínez-Díaz received a BA in Photography and an MFA in Studio Art from New Mexico State University. She has been the recipient of the University Art Gallery Excellence in Mastery of Photography, New Mexico State University A&S Dean’s Award, Vivien B. Head Scholarship, Ken Barrick Graduate Memorial Scholarship, Mass Art Award and the Mary Lawbaugh Purchase Award. Her work has been exhibited internationally and throughout the United States in Woman Made Gallery at Chicago, the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University as well as throughout Morocco, Northern Mexico, New Mexico and Texas.
She has participated in art residencies such as AiR in Tetouan, Morocco in which she collaborated with local artisans, historians and academics to create research based artwork that explores notions of labor, production, and the role of the body as a fabricator. She was able to investigate the differences and similarities between factories in both Mexico (with US companies) and Morocco (with European
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.
Adjunct Instructor in Art
Graduating from Adams State University, I received my BFA in painting; however, throughout my years there I found interest in combining media. After briefly running a local gallery, I then completed an MFA at Kingston University in England, expanding my art practice into a whole new context; moving from painting to a more sculptural art practice with bits and pieces of film and sound. I received the Judith Richardson Scholarship for two years in a row from Adams State University and Graduated with Distinction from Kingston University. I currently teach Art & Creativity making sure that all incoming freshman get a little dose of art making amongst all their other Ged Eds. I have shown locally, in neighboring states as well as internationally. My full time gig is teaching music at the local elementary school in Alamosa! I also freelance for local businesses creating logos, t-shirt designs, posters and other design work.
My current art practice is focused in not only design as mentioned above, but also in illustrations, specifically children’s books. Though previously an oil painter, I have moved into watercolor and colored pencils. I find it quite satisfying to bring other people’s writings to life. I have always loved creating unique and interesting environments for characters to dwell that make the viewer really look in order to make sense of things. Perspective is always important in my work as well and many illustrations show a variety of perspectives.
In both of my classrooms (elementary & collegiate), I strive to create a safe and inviting environment that allows and praises failure. My hope is that all students have the chance to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy (as Miss Frizzle would say). Art making, be it visual or musical, is about exposing yourself and letting the world see you as you really are….. even if you have to look closely.