Visual Arts Department
B.A. - Major in Art St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX
M.F.A. University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX
CV/VITAE: Julian Rodriguez Vitae
Art History 1
Materials and Their Use
Advanced Studio Art/General
Area of Specialty and REsponsibility:
Since a young age I was always intrigued by art and its mystery. My art career formally began when I was sixteen years old. I was still in high school, taking art classes the last two years in Mission, Texas. Upon graduating, I moved to Austin, Texas. It was there that I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Art from St. Edward’s University. A year after I received my degree, I made the decision to make a living as a production potter. In May of nineteen ninety-six, I began my work as an apprentice potter at Clarksville Pottery in Austin, Texas. After fourteen hardworking months, I left full-time production at Clarksville Pottery. From there I went to work doing piecework for well established Austin potters Ishmael Soto and Phil Geil, as head production potter in their studios. During the same time I also worked as a blacksmith assistant at F.P. Lilly Metalsmithing. In 2001 I moved back to Mission where I started my own studio while working on a M.F.A. at UT-Pan American University. In 2007 I began work at Texas A&M University-Kingsville as 3D Studio Technician and in 2008 as adjunct instructor. In the fall of 2013 I began a new chapter in life as Lecturer of Visual Arts at The University of Texas at Brownsville. Currently I continue working for the university and in the studio exploring the potential of clay and other media. My work has been exhibited in galleries in the U.S. and Mexico and in museums and juried exhibitions in the U.S.
I believe laying a strong foundation of technical knowledge along with an exploration of philosophical views is important in helping students achieve their goals as artists. Nurturing of critical thinking skills leading to creative problem solving will help students in life and to develop professionally as artists. In the end, it is not the teacher’s job to tell the students what to do but to help the students find their own voice in a global society. A well prepared student, can then go out into the world and be an artist.