Mixed-Media, Anatomical Representation and Collaborative Development
Although modesty is a characteristic I value, I am pleased to admit that I have received a few prestigious awards for my sculptural work, including the Peter Leggieri Sculptor Award and the New York Sculpture House Award, which funded my practice for three years.
I have been recognized for my work in interdisciplinary healthcare, focusing on the integration of design-based disciplines into healthcare environments. Papers have been published. Presentations have been made. Grants have been won. I’m a good teacher. Period.
My Bassett Hound has a pet Chihuahua. My favorite movies are Silence of the Lambs, Princess Bride and The Goonies. Before becoming a professional artist and eventual teacher, I worked with hawks, owls and other birds of prey, in hopes of becoming an animal behaviorist.
I’m getting a Ph.D., but I hate being called “Doctor.” Don’t start a conversation about food unless you have a few hours. And, oh yeah, I’m getting married next year on the Oregon coast.
View images of Josh’s work on the Instructor Artwork Page.
View the complete Curricula Vitae of sculptor Josh Chuzi.
MA, New York Academy of Art
BA, University of Arizona
“All aspects of my research and teaching goals revolve around discovering relationships between culture and design. As a designer and a fine artist, I am naturally drawn toward the disciplines and philosophies of psychology, sociology, and art history because they allow me to explore how communication’s intent and meaning change with context over time. My teaching strategy, like my research approach, fancies the qualitative because it stretches over many different disciplines, all at once.
Constructing context and relevance for an interdisciplinary audience requires an interdisciplinary approach, that I find requires a certain level of whimsy and creativity to paint a clear and complete picture. The methodologies I employ are those that seek to build disciplinary bridges, and make connections across understandings.
Whether teaching students or conducting research, my goal is to be a problem finder – a question generator – not a problem solver. Figuring out the right questions to ask, though, takes practice and guidance. With a degree in studio art processes and another in human anatomy, I am more interested in discovering how the compositional make-up of things allow them to work together than I am in the final product, itself.
In fact, I approach teaching and research as a sculptor; it isn’t enough to simply start modeling – there needs to be an intimate, 360-degree understanding of how and why the desired “thing” –physical or theoretical – is formed to exist in a specific time and place before it can be designed most effectively. This framework depends upon a thoughtful process of drawings and sketches, an organizing logic of relationships (mind-mapping), thoughtful reflection, and refinement before there can ever be product. Creativity and vision, then, become the connective tissue.”