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Post #990 • April 16, 2007, 6:14 PM • 44 Comments
I have accepted an offer to join the faculty at the Laguna College of Art and Design. Much of what one might want to know about the school is on the website, but the highlights include:
- Small, all-wireless campus (the first in the country, believe it or not) in Laguna Beach, CA, backed up to a nature conservancy
- Fine art program with a 100% figurative focus
- NASAD and WASC accreditation
- Off-the-chart student work
- Warm-hearted, highly accomplished faculty
- They're not kidding about those beaches
The position waiting for me is twofold. First, as an Associate Professor, unaligned to any particular department, I will teach in Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Liberal Arts, and thus could potentially end up instructing anything from drawing to programming in a given semester. Second, I will be the Chief of Technology Innovation at the college. We have an understanding that the role of the CTI will define itself as he acts, but the basic idea is that I'll identify ways in which technologies could be used on campus to make it a better place to learn, and implement them. My first responsibility will be to reclaim ownership of the website and transform it from brochureware into a community-driven web application. (A standards-compliant community-driven web application. I know, it has some serious problems right now.)
So I'll be moving to Orange County in July. I keep looking around and thinking, Boston, we hardly knew ye, but LCAD made it worth my while to relocate. They've already had me out once, treated me like royalty, and made me feel immediately welcome both professionally and personally. I was identified, and courted, as an educator who can flip back and forth between cerebral hemispheres at will. I was invited along to a faculty meeting, which took place over the course of a ferry trip to Catalina Island, where imbibition of good cheer may or may not have commenced before noon. I get what they're about, they get what I'm about, and all around the opportunity is too good to pass up.
I'm about to become very busy. Here's the to-do list before the move:
- Visit a handful of yet-unseen (by us) New England destinations, as well as NYC one more time, at least
- Complete Walter Darby Bannard Archive with articles to date
- Develop ninja-like Python chops
- Wire-brush rust off of realist figurative painting skills
#1 will kind of take care of itself. #2 is going to be an act of discipline, but I'm concerned about not having time or a conducive environment for it come August. (Time and environment will be much more conducive to progress on Art Anatomy.) #3, well, I'm making progress. I can now construct multiple superclasses. Not really ninja. More like Okinawan wheelwright. #4 I'm not overly worried about. Like riding a bike, you never totally forget how. I just did a little realist watercolor of Supergirl and it came off. But your game goes out. It's hard to explain unless you've done it - the surety that you'd want to feel in front of a classroom of rock stars requires that you've successfully dealt with the problem sometime during the last 48 hours. I guess I'm asking readers to suffer, say, my posting four times a week instead of five, or opining about the beauty of multiple superclasses, or just taking off for a few days at a time to putter about in the studio or go to Vermont while we can still drive there.
Otherwise Artblog.net will persist as ever. In fact, this is the kind of arrangement that allows Artblog.net to persist. Come August you'll be hearing the report from OC, LA, and San Diego. And while two months ago I could have more easily pictured myself on the moon than in SoCal, the notion is growing on me. Not so much a notion, really. A vibration. Say, is that a theremin I hear?