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Three faculty appointments

Submitted on September 1, 2023 - 11:37am
Three New Faculty Appointments
From left: Victor Yañez-Lazcano (Photo; Livien Ynn). Henry Jackson-Spieker, Chad P. Hall.

The School is pleased to announce the hiring of three faculty — two for the Division of Art and one for the Division of Design. Victor Yañez-Lazcano, Henry Jackson-Spieker, and Chad P. Hall will begin teaching in Fall 2023. All are appointed as assistant professors.

Victor Yañez-Lazcano


Since 2009, Victor Yañez-Lazcano has shaped an interdisciplinary body of work that chronicles his family’s history in the U.S. as it transitions from immigrants to first-, second-, and third-generation Mexican Americans. His artworks explore his family’s collective identity at the intersection of race, language, class, and labor to further grapple with notions of assimilation. Yañez-Lazcano received his MFA from Stanford University and his BFA from Columbia College Chicago. He has been a visiting art lecturer at various institutions including Stanford University, San Francisco State University, and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited at numerous spaces including Royal Nonesuch Gallery (Oakland), Natalie & James Thompson Art Gallery (San Jose), Perspective Gallery (Milwaukee), and The Chicago Design Museum. His published works are included in various collections including Yale University’s Haas Arts Special Collections, Indiana University’s Wells Library Fine Arts Collection, and Harvard University’s Fine Arts Library Special Collection. Yañez-Lazcano was recently an artist in residence through the RAiR Foundation in Roswell, New Mexico.

Henry Jackson-Spieker

3D4M Glass, Dale Chihuly Endowed Chair of Glass

Henry Jackson-Spieker is a multidisciplinary artist based in Seattle, focusing on sculpture and site-specific installations. His work combines glass, bronze, steel, wood, fiber, and light. His sculptures explore tension, balance, and reflection through the merging of contrasting materials. Jackson-Spieker’s installations examine and question how social and cultural norms shape the way we perceive and utilize space. By disrupting his viewers’ perceptions of depth and volume, Jackson-Spieker’s work challenges ingrained assumptions about our physical environments and the cultural codes they contain. Jackson-Spieker received his BFA from Western Washington University and his MFA in Sculpture and Dimensional Studies from Alfred University. He is the recipient of the MAC Fellowship and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Award, and currently has public artwork at Seattle’s Midtown Commons and the Bellevue Art Museum. Jackson-Spieker has exhibited at Wa Na Wari, Method Gallery, the San Juan Museum of Art and others, and teaches glass blowing and bronze casting at Pratt Fine Arts Center, where he first started working with glass. Earlier in the year, Henry was an Amazon Artist in Residence and participated in Cité Internationale des Arts Residency. 

Chad P. Hall

Visual Communication Design

Chad P. Hall (he/him) Chad P. Hall (he/him) practices as a Design Director at Artefact, which uses research, strategy, and design to envision better futures. With over 10 years of consulting experience, Hall has collaborated with clients in global health, biotechnology, and technology, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Exemplars in Global Health, Google, Meta, and Samsung, among others. Hall specializes in transforming abstract ideas into tangible, accessible, and actionable insights through visualizing datasets, mapping systems, designing frameworks, and envisioning futures.

Hall co-hosts the podcast "This is Design School" alongside Jp Avila. The podcast features interviews with a diverse range of designers, exploring their journeys into the design field and how they practice design in their current work.

Prior to joining the Division of Design, Hall served as an Affiliate Instructor in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. He holds a Master of Design from the University of Washington’s School of Art + Art History + Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Pacific Lutheran University. .