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I Am West Georgia

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie SmithYears at UWG: 7 (4 years as an adjunct and 3 years in my current position).
My job title:Temporary Instructor in the Department of Art.

What I really do: Teach 2D Composition, Drawing, Printmaking and coordinate the Main Gallery exhibitions.
Birthplace: Athens, GA.

Family: Husband Brian and cat Gilbert.

People describe me as: Hard working.

My favorite things to do: Work in the studio on my art, travel with my husband.

My proudest accomplishment: Co-Founding the non-profit arts organization, Atlanta Printmakers Studio.

My passion: Making art.

My pet peeve: I’m afraid that is a long list. Laziness is right up there at the top. That and knuckle cracking!

Before UWG, I: Taught at the Atlanta College of Art.

I joined UWG because: Of Professor Debrah Santini. She is a great mentor and artist.

I stay because: Of amazing colleagues and students.

One thing I would change about UWG: More resources. It can be frustrating not to have the basic resources to teach that you took for granted at other institutions.

The best advice I ever received: Have a sense of humor.

The best advice I’d give to new faculty and staff: Don’t drink the water.

When I was a child, I wanted to be: Invisible.

Most people don't know that: Art is hard work.

My favorite quotation: “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao-tzu.

The book I think everyone should read: Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth. Although the story is a bit bleak, the book is really an adventure in reading, requiring the reader/viewer to slowly learn the author’s “language” in order to navigate the book.

The movie I think everyone should watch: This is too hard to answer! Well, I recently watched the documentary “Helvetica” which is about a typeface. I know that sounds pretty boring but actually it was hilarious. You don’t have to be a designer or artist to enjoy the film and you will really become aware of how influential design is to your life and on a global scale. You will look at your environment very differently after watching this film.

My favorite memory: Did I mention how hard these questions are?!
Going to Machu Picchu was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and memory. It was so fascinating, very mysterious and beautiful.

The person (alive or dead) I’d most like to meet: Leonardo da Vinci. He was a scientist, engineer, architect, sculptor, painter, botanist, inventor- really a genius.

What I would do if I won the lottery: Travel the world and support artists.

What I most want to contribute to students: The desire and confidence to find what is unique to them as individuals and to have an open mind in order to find creative solutions to problems.

Although you didn’t ask, I’d like to tell you anyway: I feel very fortunate to be at UWG and to be able to do what I love. I feel a little guilty in that I think I learn more from the students than they do from me. In a lifetime an individual would not be able to come up with all the ideas I see my students investigate. I am really inspired by them.



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