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Instructor: John Ros
Monday - Friday
July 22 - 26
1pm - 4pm
5 Sessions

Environmental sustainability must be considered at all levels in our practice. The primary focus of the course will be process with the main components being a sketchbook, an exhibition and daily temporary experiences throughout the week.  We will develop our visual language based on temporary experiences of space through research and the collection of materials and use of movement and time.  Artists will be asked to think spatially, collect an archive of thoughts and objects directly related to space to work from and develop interactions within specific places. The primary focus of the course will be process with the main component being a detailed sketchbook. This sketchbook-space will be the focal tool where ideas simmer and discoveries unfurl. Material choice will be a constant part of the dialogue with non-permanence as key — allowing experience with space and object materiality as pertinent to the discussion of sustainability.

The processes of collecting and contemplating will move artists to work directly with space and objects found within that space to execute interventions in non-traditional presentation methods and places.  Though drawings, assemblages and other mixed media two and three-dimensional creations, non-permanent, temporal and even ephemeral experiences will coalesce throughout the week and culminate in an exhibition at the Castle Hill Gallery. Artists will explore ideas of consumption and value in the temporary to consider the larger scope of our studio practice and the environment.  


John Ros
is an artist, professor, curator and activist. He currently lives and works in New York City. He obtained an MFA from Brooklyn College, City University of New York, in 2013 and a BFA from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2000.

John has worked in Higher Education since 2005. In 2015 John founded studioELL, an alternative, transient and hybrid space for higher education in the studio arts, where he is currently the Director and teaches a variety of courses. From 2017-2019 he was an Assistant Professor of Art at James Madison University’s School of Art, Design, and Art History, where he also served as the Director and Chief Curator of the Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art. John has taught at the City Literary Institute (London, UK), Brooklyn College, CUNY (New York, NY), SUNY Binghamton (Binghamton, NY) and the National Academy of Art (New York, NY), and has lectured as a visiting artist at NYU: Steinhardt, London Metropolitan University, George Mason University, North Florida Community College and Jefferson Technical and Community College among others. 

During the past twenty-two years, John has worked on more than 75 exhibitions with over 250 artists. He founded and directed two alternative gallery ventures, pocket, (2002-2005, Binghamton, NY) and galleryELL, (2008-2016, New York, NY), and has been involved in many artist and non-profit initiatives such as; Board Member, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance (2018-2019, Harrisonburg, VA), Art Director, Perspectives International (2005-2008, New York, NY), Board Member, Spool MFG. (2004-2005, Johnson City, NY), and Museum Educator, Hillwood Art Museum (2000, Brookville, NY).