Susan Shields portrait

Susan Shields

Art History Adjunct

Sharing my passion for learning is what truly motivates me.  I was first introduced to the magic of art and art history at the age of ten, as my family toured Europe via campgrounds and museums. This experience set the stage for my subsequent career as an artist and arts educator.  An educator himself, my father placed me in a German public school despite my complete lack of knowledge of the German language.  This formative experience taught me to be fearless and aim high; it instilled me with confidence in all my students, regardless.  I often draw upon this feeling of being completely immersed in a novel culture, while teaching diverse students at Dougherty Family College.   

As an educator I am interested in building literacy, confidence, and autonomous creative problem-solving in students, while imbuing them with a genuine appreciation for the arts and humanities.  In my role as artist, I investigate gender identity, autonomy, and fluidity, as represented via the human figure, throughout art history and in the contemporary world. My imagery exposes and addresses antiquated, repressive, and binary categories of male and female- from a variety of world cultures- as it aims to promote healthy means towards change.

Degree
MFA, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA
Office
Terrence Murphy Hall, 346F
Phone
651-962-8026
Fax
651-962-8020

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