Cynthia (Cindy) Hooper, Professor of Art, Eureka Campus
What do you love most about teaching at CR?
I'm fascinated by my students' diverse backgrounds and varied life experiences. I also really enjoy their excitement when I introduce them to new and challenging concepts and techniques for making and thinking about art. I love when they are swept up by an engaging and provocative discussion, for example, and also love that skeptical student who thoughtfully challenges the ideas and artworks presented. (Focused, critical evaluation of established cultural paradigms is foundational to original art making. ) I also really enjoy getting my hands on the tactile materials for visual expression, and walking students through the ineffable magic of making.
What do you love most about your discipline?
Creating complicated, original, and visually engaging art is the most challenging activity I have ever attempted; teaching seems almost effortless in comparison. I am mobilized not only by the many aesthetic and intellectual contingencies one continually faces as a working artist, but also by my longstanding interest in social and environmental issues. I also consider teaching a part of my creative practice, as well as a critical component of my desire to promote social and economic equity.
Is there anything else you would like your students to know about you?
I am a very hard-working and organized instructor who will encourage your sustained effort and dedication, because these skills are absolutely required for success in a creative profession. I will challenge you with new and unfamiliar ideas and art forms, and will provide you with diverse and interesting assignments that foster your individuality as an artist. I'll be accommodating to your own unique ideas and creative goals, and I'll celebrate your passionate commitment, whatever form that commitment ultimately takes.
Professor Cindy Hooper has taught Drawing, Painting, Design, and Art History at College of the Redwoods since 1991. She received her BA in Studio Art from UC Berkeley and her MFA in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her videos, paintings, and interdisciplinary projects investigate the many complex social and environmental issues found in the familiar and ordinary landscapes around us, and she has exhibited her work at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Los Angeles, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, The Centro Cultural Tijuana, and MASS MoCA, among many other museums and galleries.
You can view her work at www. cynthiahooper. com