2015 SWIC Art Faculty Show – Interview #1

Our exhibition of artwork by the art faculty of Southwestern Illinois College is now open through February 26th. Sculpture, painting, ceramics, drawing, digital images, photography, and mixed media all show the diversity and talent of the faculty artists. 

The faculty is not spared from our intern Kailey’s interviews. Below, Todd May is the first to answer her questions.

Todd May's "Red Hot Copper", stoneware

Todd May’s “Red Hot Copper”, stoneware

When did you know the arts were what you wanted to do, long-term?
In high school I began to consider that art was important to me and the possible careers as an artist. 

What inspires you the most?
Ancient Greece/ The Golden Age/ 450 BC

What is your current favorite medium?
Clay and all aspects of ceramics as an art medium.

When you’re working, what do you listen to, if anything?
Mostly classic rock and roll

What piece are you most proud of?
My recent work that has been about copper red glazes in cone ten natural gas firings.

Todd May's "Mamo Monolithic", porcelain

Todd May’s “Mamo Monolithic”, porcelain

Not to be morbid, but what would you like to be remembered for?
My years of mentoring students toward success in the visual arts as an instructor.

Have you ever regretted making something and showing it?
No, I am very selective when it comes to show entries.

What is the best comment you’ve ever received?
That I care about my students

The worst?
That I go into to much detail about art and art history

What would you like to accomplish within the next five years?
To help build life-long learning in my students through art and design and to never stop learning about art/life myself.

What’s your go-to snack when you’re working?
Green tea and cookies.

If you could be anyone (Seriously, anyone. Past/present/future/nonexistent/existent. You get the idea.) who would you be and why?
Jimmy Hendrix because who wouldn’t love to play the guitar like he did.

Thanks again to Todd for answering our questions!

Posted by Jessica Mannisi, assistant curator

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