Traci Tullius is the associate professor and coordinator of studio art at Stern College for Women. Tullius, an Oklahoma native, received her BFA in painting from the University of Oklahoma in 1998, graduating summa cum laude, and an MFA in New Genres from the University of Kansas in 2001. After attending the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2002, she relocated to New York City, where she has been a resident in The Space Program of the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation and LMCC’s Workspace Program: 120 Broadway. Tullius, a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellow in Cross-Disciplinary/Performative Work, is also a Critic in Video at Yale University School of Art in New Haven.

1. What did you do before you joined YU as a faculty member?
In addition to being an exhibiting visual artist, I was also teaching as an adjunct professor at CUNY. I still keep an active studio and exhibit my work nationally and internationally and do an artist residency now and then. Making art and teaching art is what I’ve been up to since I finished graduate school.

2. What is your favorite aspect of your job at YU?
Interacting with students. The beauty of Studio Art being a shaped major is that each student can mold her studies to match her interests or challenge her talents. I love working with students to find the right mix of courses, whether a future art therapist or fledgling painter or budding graphic designer. Being continuously inspired by my students’ creativity isn’t a bad perk either.

3. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Filmmaking. I love movies.

4. What is your goal as an artist, and what is your goal as a teacher?
A shared goal of both endeavors is to be engaged and excited about the work. As an artist, I often find myself in the studio searching for answers to an evolving list of questions and problems: personal, social, visual. So an ongoing goal is to keep finding questions to ask or problems to solve, to continue to challenge myself and learn new tricks. As a teacher, I hope to pass on that passion for growth, as well as helpful tools of the trade for maintaining creative energy, becoming a more sophisticated communicator and viewer and becoming self critical.

5. What would your current and former YU students be surprised to learn about you?
I play the harmonica. I love karaoke. I’m a huge football fan (being from Oklahoma, it’s practically mandatory). I also wrote an article for Seventeen Magazine when I was 15…that’s a cool factoid.

 

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