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Artist Teachers Inspiring Students

Thursday, Oct. 03, 2013

USU poster for art teachers' exhibition

An art exhibit, "Artist + Teacher = Inspiration Squared," featuring work by a number of public school art teachers can be seen at Utah State University Oct. 7-31. A reception honors the teachers Oct. 12.

Art teachers from around the state are coming to Utah State University’s Logan campus to showcase their work in the exhibit “Artist + Teacher = Inspiration Squared,” showing Oct. 7-31 in the Tippetts Exhibit Hall in the Chase Fine Arts Center.

“This exhibit is in honor of secondary school teachers who are also practicing artists,” said Dennise Gackstetter, lecturer and art education coordinator in the Caine College of the Arts. “It’s good for students to see the work of their teachers because it shows that it is possible to make a living as an artist.”

This year’s exhibition features the work of artist teachers Katie Campbell, a teacher at Alta High School in Sandy, Nicole Warner, a teacher at Herriman High School in Herriman and Justin Wheatley, a teacher at Connections High School in Salt Lake City.

“I think the most interesting aspect of the show is that these are teachers who are producing work,” said Wheatley, a USU alumnus who graduated in 2006. “It’s not very often that you get a peek into the life of a teacher and it’s important that my students know I am really an artist.”

The “Artist + Teacher = Inspiration Squared” exhibition will be shown in the Tippetts Exhibit Hall, located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s campus, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

A reception for the artists is Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit the Caine College of the Arts Box Office in room 139-B of the Chase Fine Arts Center, call 435-797-8022 or check the college’s Production Services website.

Related links:

USU Department of Art and Design

USU Caine College of the Arts

Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, 435-797-9203,

Contact: Denise Albiston, 435-797-1500,

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