Common Ground by Erin Elizabeth Wilson

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Spring 2021 Part-Time Faculty

Submitted on March 30, 2021 - 1:40pm

We have four part-time lecturers who have taught in previous quarters during this academic year: Joe Costello, Melanie Enderle, Stefan Gonzales, and Jayme Yen. These are the other part-time faculty for this quarter:

Sofía Córdova

Interdisciplinary Visual Art, website (they/them/their)

I am an interdisciplinary artist and work with performance, video, sound and installation. I was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, and live in Oakland, California. I make work that considers sci-fi as alternative history, dance music's liberatory potential, the internet, colonial contamination, and extinction and mutation as evolution within the matrix of class, gender, race, late capitalism and its technologies. I am one half of the music duo, XUXA SANTAMARIA. I have exhibited and performed at venues such as SFMOMA, the Wattis Institute, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum and have participated in residencies at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Mills College Museum (CA), the ASU Museum (AZ) and Eyebeam (NY) . I am a recipient of a Creative Work Fund and my work is part of the Kadist’s and The Whitney Museum’s permanent collection. Teaching for me is a site for the growth and exchange of wild ideas and a place to consider the redistribution of cultural wealth. Nurturing both strategies pertains deeply to my work's (and my) desire for a world where white imperial-patriarchy and its hold on power are totally undone.

Thomas Ham

Interaction Design, website (he/him/his)

I am owner of and creative director at September Works. Prior to that, I worked at Blink, Tectonic, and Microsoft. I received bachelor's degrees in design and Japanese from the University of Washington.

Nadia Jackinsky Sethi

Art History, (she/her/hers)

I am delighted to serve as an instructor in the Division of Art History during spring quarter. I completed my PhD in art history at the University of Washington in 2012 and wrote a dissertation focused on Alaska Native artistic revitalization. I am currently based in Homer, Alaska, and direct the “Journey to What Matters: Increased Alaska Native Art & Culture” program for The CIRI Foundation, in addition to serving as museum consultant and occasional art history instructor. My research interests focus on circumpolar arts practices and cultural revitalization. I am Sugpiaq/Alutiiq and a member of the Ninilchik Tribe.

Justin Lund

Interaction Design, LinkedIn + website (he/him/his)

I am a designer and design educator with professional experience in transportation design, product design, and exhibit design. I enjoy teaching foundational design courses and studios that explore the intersection of Industrial Design and UI/UX. As a researcher, I am fascinated by the opportunities that arise from AI and emerging technologies. I look for ways that new technology can be integrated into the design field and positive ways in which designers can augment themselves with this tech. Also, I am interested in the ways that improvisation techniques from comedy and theater can augment the way designers think and create.

Oscar Murillo

Interaction Design, LinkedIn (he/him/his)

I’m a Product Design Manager at Facebook Reality Labs, specializing in AR/VR experiences.

Born in New York City, and raised in Bogota, Colombia, I’m committed to amplifying the societal impact of technology by placing the human experience at the forefront. Prior to joining Facebook, I spent fifteen years at Microsoft helping reinvent the way people interact with technology through innovations across HoloLens, XBOX, Kinect, wearables, connected vehicles, and smart home technologies. I’m also an alumnus of Microsoft's "Inclusive Design" and "Ethics & Society" teams.

Before Microsoft, I was an Art Director at AT&T, InfoSpace, and Clique, where I created digital experiences for T-Mobile, Orange, Sprint, Cingular, Forbes, Renault, People, Cosmo Magazine, Wallpaper, and the Wall Street Journal.

I’m a member of numerous design organizations and have served as Design Director for the Computer Human Interaction conference (CHI).

Currently, I’m a guest lecturer at the University of Washington's School of Art + Art History + Design and have taught at NYU ITP and at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

I’ve been awarded 15 patents with close to 50 still pending.

Nkiruka Oparah

Interdisciplinary Visual Art, website (they/them/their)

I’m an Atlanta-raised artist currently based in Oakland, while also taking up residence in a speculative fiction space I’m currently building called SUOON. I work using a cross-disciplinary approach that combines drawing, printmaking, video, installation and performance. Evoking abstract and ephemeral forms, soft portraits, and looping gifs, I consider bodies through memory-related research that attempts to find new frameworks for considering and visualizing landscape as a concept-form. I am interested in teaching as a space for co-inquiry and research with students, for developing an embodied pedagogy, and as a place of experimentation for expanding the limits of contemporary drawing and printmaking. I’m also a founding member of 5/5 Collective (alongside Tania Balan-Gaubert & Troy Chew), within which we dedicate ourselves to exploring Blackness through space, language, and visual culture.

Dan Paz

Comparative History of Ideas (joint-listed with Interdisciplinary Visual Art), website (they/them/their)

I am a visual artist whose work and teaching explore the labor of lens-based production as a collaborative site where the intersections of the image-idea and lived experience are produced and contested. In videos, photography, and sculptural projects that query the ability of documented processes to be manipulated — to be multiplied and replicated, stopped and started, rewound and advanced — I specifically work within the impossibilities of absolute replication to question the very ability of the image to truly represent. My resultant body of work explores the contours of identity and community within rich socio-historical frameworks.

Charles Stobbs III

Photo/Media, text + radio (he/him/his)

I’m currently a part–time lecturer and part–time carousel operator based in Manhattan. My most recent text is available through Huner–Francis, and forthcoming works will be viewable through the Jacob Lawrence Gallery as part of Lux Aeterna, and audible on WGXC 90.7-FM in upstate New York.

Scott Tsukamaki

Industrial Design, website + LinkedIn (he/him/his)

I am a physical and digital user experience designer who has launched a wide variety of products ranging from dog toys to professional tools while designing for various businesses, start-ups, and corporations. I'm passionate about helping designers and businesses grow, building lasting relationships, and empowering others through good design. I currently design at Mason, a connected device start-up in Seattle, WA, where I lead a team to develop and drive the Mason design system. I am looking forward to sharing and discussing perspectives on design with the designers at UW this spring!

Ryan Weatherly

Painting + Drawing (he/him/his)

I have been working as an artist and art educator in Seattle since graduating from the University of Washington in 2013. I have had the opportunity to teach at UW regularly since 2016, and I am happy to be back this quarter to teach painting.

My creative work is an exploration of figurative representation and gestural abstraction. The work is experimental and deals with human subjectivity, visually appearing as a multiplicity of fragmented physical and emotional states. I am inspired by images drawn from personal histories, historical archives, and film stills. My most recent body of work is a search for connections between gestural painting, violence, criminality, and the history of portraiture.

Lena Tseabbe Wright

Interdisciplinary Visual Art, website (they/them/their)

I am an interdisciplinary Yurok artist who focuses on indigenuity, femininity, and heritage. I come from the Pyramid Lake Paiute reservation, received my BA in Fine Art at Stanford University and MFA at SFAI. Currently, I am working at the Headlands Center for the Arts in artist books and sculptures. My goal within teaching is being able to share knowledge and contributing to the representation of native people within higher education.

Shuo Yin

Painting + Drawing (he/him/his)

Being born and raised in China, I moved to the United States at the age of 18. I view my art practice as an exploration of the issues of identity, humanity, and stereotypes of the Chinese immigrant community and Asian minority groups in today’s American society. In my work, I focus on the struggles and traumatic experiences of an individual’s adaptation to a diversified cultural environment. Working mostly with oil, charcoal, and watercolor on a variety of surfaces, I intend to approach a balance between traditional media and contemporary language of representation.

UW has been a special place for me since I received my BFA and MFA in the Painting + Drawing program. By teaching the Beginning Figure Drawing class in the spring quarter, I’m excited for this opportunity of learning and exploring together with the students.