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Vincent F. Sansalone

Title: Asst Professor - Educator
Office: 8280A Daa Addition
Tel: 513-556-1556
Email: vincent.sansalone@uc.edu

“Where to start”? This is a question I ask myself now, as I sit at my computer looking at a blank sheet of digital paper. It is a question asked by students of every age when faced with a challenge. So what is the answer?  As an educator and artist, my answer is that there isn’t one answer, but rather, just the question which requires investigation and for me, investigation begins with the hand of the maker. The maker is imaginative, inventive, and innovative. The maker is the lover of the how-to. Making is an infinite game and the maker is the player who plays simply for the pleasure of process, understanding, and the made object.
 
My love of process, understanding, and the made object comes directly from the doing. I discovered that I loved doing at a very early age. I was raised in a family of eight children. The environment was structured, yet we were given independence and freedom of inquiry. In my world, the pursuit of knowledge and creative expression was not only encouraged, but fostered. As child number four, I was the tinkerer, the maker, the creative one. I had three older siblings to follow, learn from, and compete with. I also shared the responsibility of mentoring, modeling, and competing with child numbers five, six, seven, and eight. We were taught discipline, respect, individuality, and community, principles key to building well-rounded, thoughtful people.
 
Department 7 is where I conduct my own creative research. Currently, my work is focused on large format oil paintings and related three-dimensional, sculptural works. Mainly I am focused on exploring surface. My own studio practice is where I can explore concepts, make discoveries, and experiment with materiality and methodology. My studio practice feeds my academic interests, pursuits, and pedagogy. Much of my work is intuitive and process-driven and it forms an empirical base of understanding of the materials and concepts that underlie art, architecture, and design. My co-founders and I have been invited to enter work into two competitions. So far, the founding group has entered a total of three, highly conceptual works into local an national competitions.
 
At the center of what some might call my “constructivist” teaching philosophy and practice at the University of Cincinnati are those principles of my upbringing combined with my education at Rhode Island school of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art, two institutions known for boundless creative exploration, intellectual and artistic individuality, and collaborative studio practices. I've enjoyed applying my teaching philosophy and practice at the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP), School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID) and I believe my students have benefitted from it.

Education

  • Masters of Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 2001.
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design , Providence, Rhode Island, 1989.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island, 1988.
  • Study in Architecture and Interior Design, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1984.
  • Study in Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1981.

Research Information

Research Interests

Art, Architecture and Design Foundation
Drawing and Painting
Three Dimensional / Space Making
Conceptual Thinking and Visual Culture

Honors & Awards

  • DAAP Outstanding Service Award, 2012.
  • The Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, Faculty Recognition Award, 2011.
  • The Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, Faculty Recognition Award, 2011.
  • The Darwin T. Turner Scholars Program, Faculty Recognition Award, 2008.
  • Volunteer of the Year, Birmingham Bloomfield Arts Center, Michigan, 2007.
  • Detroit Home, Overall Residence, 1st Place Award, Detroit, Michigan, 2004.
  • Masco, Michigan Fine Arts Competition, 1st Place, Michigan, 2003.
  • Newhouse Award, Michigan Drawing Bieenial, 3rd Place, Michigan, 2002.
  • Zonar Award, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, 2000.
  • Baccus Glass Competition, Honorable Mention, 1998.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2008 to Present, Assistant Professor of Education, School of Architecture and Interior Design (SAID), College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2004 to 2008, Visiting Assistant Professor, SAID, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2003Adjunct Professor Architecture, University of Detroit-Mercy, Detroit, Michigan.
  • 2003Adjunct Professor Architecture, SAID, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2001 to 2002, Adjunct Professor Architecture, Lawrence Technological University, Detroit, Michigan.
  • 2000Adjunct Professor Architecture, University of Detroit-Mercy, Detroit, Michigan.
  • 2000 to 2001, Teaching Assistant, Architecture, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Student Advising

  • Ball, Ryan , Advisor.
  • Hope, Travis , Advisor.
  • Kung, Caleb , Advisor.
  • Plichta, Megan , Advisor.
  • Shafer, Claire , Advisor.
  • Tabet, Gael , Advisor.
  • Ali, Sarosh , Chair.
  • Carlson, Stephanie , Chair.
  • Dahlman, Alexandra, Chair.
  • Fein, Zach, Chair.
  • Hogg, Kelly, Chair.
  • Langenberg, Kristen, Chair.
  • Pope, Barrington, Chair.
  • Reising, Natasha, Chair.
  • Roush, Emily, Chair.
  • Saltzman, Adam, Chair.
  • Sashi, Tippu, Chair.
  • Beighle, Kory, Co-Chair.
  • Brown, Keith, Co-Chair.
  • Malpani, Czaee, Co-Chair.
  • Cottengim, Sean, Chair.
  • Downs, Marco, Chair.
  • Eberhardt, Sarah, Chair.
  • Faehnle, Amanda, Chair.
  • Hoebbel, John, Chair.
  • O'Connell, David, Chair.
  • Parrot, Jordan, Chair.
  • Raun, Truitt, Chair.
  • Richards, Catherine, Chair.
  • Schreur, Kevin, Chair.
  • Stoughton, John, Chair.
  • Tallos, Gregory, Chair.
  • Everett, Brittney, Co-Chair.
  • Fleming, David, Co-Chair.
  • Morgan, Nate, Co-Chair.
  • Ringley, Brian, Co-Chair.
  • Andrews, Abby, Chair.
  • Burns, Keith, Chair.
  • Hamaker, Whitney, Chair.
  • Kong, Chern Chiat, Chair.
  • Krakovich, Lina, Chair.
  • Papa, Jason, Chair.
  • Rabe, Justin, Chair.
  • Varghese, Jenson, Chair.
  • Young, Jessalyn, Chair.
  • Ziola, Zachary, Chair.
  • Dritz, Emily, Co-Chair.
  • Finke, Tara, Co-Chair.
  • Germann, Nick, Co-Chair.
  • Mutchler, Mattew, Co-Chair.
  • Rudary, Thomas, Co-Chair.
  • Yokel, William, Co-Chair.
  • Gergely, Karen, Advisor.
  • Cowen, Aaron, Advisor.
  • Lofton, Susan, Advisor.
  • Germann, Nick, Advisor.
  • Shipe, Rebbeca, Advisor.

Courses Taught

  • Design Lab 1, 2, 3
    Comments: 1st year
  • Documentation Lab
    Comments: 1st year
  • Representation
    Comments: 2nd year
  • Architecture Studio
    Comments: 2nd year
  • Design Studio
    Comments: 4th year
  • Graduate Elective Studio

  • Graduate Topic Seminar

  • Thesis Studio

  • Foundation 3D Design (School of Design)