School of Art Faculty Spotlight

The Faculty Spotlight shines on…
 

Katie Parker

Assistant Professor of Art
Discipline: Ceramics

BFA – Kansas City Art Institute
MFA – The Ohio State University
 

What were the driving factors in your decision to join the DAAP faculty?
DAAP has given me the platform to build a world-class ceramics program in a university college that feels more like an art school. The easy access to top notch facilities such as the RPC, photo labs, library, and computer graphics center doesn’t hurt either. 
 

What’s your teaching philosophy or your outlook on higher education?
I believe that students should leave college with the skills and ability to be competitive in their fields – to be aware of the breath of opportunities available and have the portfolio to get there. I encourage all of my students to travel, look outside of what is comfortable, apply to everything that is free, and to take advantage of all the facilities while they are enrolled and have easy access. 
 

How do you see your role on campus or in the community, outside of teaching?
I believe that students should leave college with the skills and ability to be competitive in their fields – to be aware of the breath of opportunities available and have the portfolio to get there. I encourage all of my students to travel, look outside of what is comfortable, apply to everything that is free, and to take advantage of all the facilities while they are enrolled and have easy access. 
 

What are some of your favorite things to do when you’re not teaching?
The boring answer is working in the studio, which fills the majority of my time. The fun answer is driving around to every antique mall in the area, gardening, reading, playing records and having bonfire nights in my backyard.
 

What do you love most about your job at DAAP and your work through your particular school?
What I love most about my job at DAAP is that it has allowed me to overlap my research and teaching in ways I could have never imagined. The structure of the college helps encourage this idea, and gives me the freedom to take risks and experiment, and then hone that in to make it applicable to the courses that I am teaching or developing.

I also have support at all levels within my school, and work with several faculty whose art game inspires me to continue to work hard in the studio. 
 

What are your goals for DAAP and your discipline?
Personally, I want all of my students to show up on time and work in the studio as much as humanly possible. I also want ceramics to be a resource for DAAP students – and for them to be able, with coursework and instruction to use the facility to make any number of objects, surfaces, models, props, and sculptures that support their research. Ceramics is shifting in the worlds of art, design, and architecture, and I want to pass that onto the students and encourage them to think outside of what they know and expect from the material. 

How do you plan to achieve those goals?
I take students abroad to work with factories and industry in Jingdezhen China, develop interdisciplinary courses around specific ways of working and making, and try to convince anyone who will listen to sign up for a course and see how it can support what they are already doing in their other studios.
 

Tell us something interesting about yourself!
I am obsessed with being on time.

Professor Parker, DAAP School of Art

Katie Parker, DAAP Assistant Professor of Art