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John Roberts

Redfern Arts Center 309 • M-2405

MFA - Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

BFA - University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth

My professional and teaching career started in Illinois where I taught Printmaking, Drawing and Painting at Elgin Community College. After earning tenure at Elgin I was selected for a teaching position at Keene State College where I am currently a full professor. I served as the Art Department Chair for several years and teach a broad range of courses in Printmaking, Drawing, Foundations, and Painting.

During my career, my professional work has been included in numerous national and regional exhibitions and I have received a variety of awards in printmaking, painting and drawing. Most of my work has focused on the industrial environment. My paintings depict the dramatic structures of foundries, steel mills, and cement plants. The dynamic architectural forms inherent in these sites has enabled me to develop a diverse range of underlying abstraction and focused realism in my paintings and prints.

Most recently, my work in printmaking has utilized found objects in combination with digital industrial images. I have been working with printing found rusted pieces of metal that have fallen off of cars and trucks. These flat, highly textured objects have an inherent quality of abstraction that when printed with the industrial images, result in an intriguing conceptual contrast between the two.

My work also plays a significant role in my teaching. The balance of realism and abstraction in my prints and paintings has enabled me to move between these diverse areas in a seamless manner in my courses. I have always felt that this aspect of my work and my personal philosophy of teaching has lead to the individualized responses from my students in their work in both our lower level courses and in our BFA program in Studio Art.

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