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Corvallis, OR 97331

Director, School of Arts and Communication and Associate Professor of Art, College of Liberal Arts, Oregon State University

 

Professional Affiliations: 

a2ru, Alliance for Arts in Research Universities

College Art Association (CAA)

National Council of Arts Administrators (NCAA)

National Collegiate Innovator and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) (UWM membership)

FATE, Foundations in Art:  Theory and Education, a national organization. Editor of FATE in Review, member of the national Board of Directors, and Regional Representative

 

Education: 

Master of Fine Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Painting and Drawing

Master of Arts, California State University-Long Beach, Painting and Drawing

Bachelor of Arts, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Painting and Drawing

Curriculum Vitae: 
Office Hours: 
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Biography

Lee Ann Garrison serves as Director of the School of Arts and Communication, one of six schools in Oregon State University’s College of Liberal Arts. As Director of the School of Arts and Communication (SAC), Garrison oversees Art, Graphic Design, Music, New Media Communications, Speech Communication, and Theatre. At OSU Garrison has worked to create SAC Presents (bringing national performers to OSU), SAC Academy (outreach and engagement) and the Friends of the Arts Giving Circle with the OSU Foundation.

An art and design professor and seasoned administrator, Lee Ann Garrison is a bridge-builder adept at working across many disciplines in a university setting. She works to elevate the arts on the OSU campus and throughout the community, creating opportunities for students and faculty to work with others in the arts and beyond.

Prior to her appointment at OSU in fall 2014, she taught art and held administrative positions in the Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).  She was a former Chair of the Department of Art and Design, the Founding Director of the Design Research Institute, Chair of the UWM Academic and Budget Planning Committee, Co-Leader of the UWM Campus Academic Planning team (Provost charge), member of the Campus Strategic Plan committee and Campus Space Planning Committee, as well as Interim Associate Dean in the School of Business.  Her external leadership in Milwaukee, WI included membership on the Innovation in Milwaukee (MiKE) Leadership Council (appointed by UWM Chancellor) and membership on the board and editor of FATE in Review, the national journal of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education. In Corvallis, Lee Ann Garrison is a member of the Corvallis Arts and Culture Advisory Board and the Imagine Corvallis Action Network.

Her professional organizations are National Council of Arts Administrators, College Art Association, and the newest, a2ru, Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities.

Scholarly research:  Garrison is a painter and art professor with degrees in painting from the Southern Illinois University, California State University-Long Beach, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has exhibited her oil paintings nationally since 1980 and is in over 70 private collections across the US.

Garrison’s art practice reflects her interest in systems. A years-long series of paintings focuses on dendritic, branching system found in neurons in the brain, the smallest capillaries in our bodies, the roots and branches of trees, rivers and their tributaries, and the distribution of matter in the universe.  Another set in the series examines spirals, as found in the unfurling of fern leaves each spring and the rush of a water down a drain, in the turn of a violent tornado and the spiral beauty of the Milky Way. Garrison has exhibited her oil paintings in galleries and museums in California, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, Wisconsin, and New York and is a past recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant.

An emerging area of research interest is neuro-aesthetics, the study of the human brain’s ability to understand pattern and systems, to see colors in a small segment of light waves and to create art based on these universal systems.  This growing field of scholarly research involves artists, psychologists, and physicists. A second area of research interest is Data Visualization, applying art and design principles to sets of data with focus on better understanding the data. 

At OSU
Affiliated with: 
Liberal Arts Admin
Courses Taught: 

COURSES TAUGHT AT OSU:

Art 411, Issues in Contemporary Art (WIC and professional practices in art)

GD 269, Graphic Design History

COURSES TAUGHT AT UWM:

Basic Art Experiences Art 100, both lecture (300 students) and studio labs

Drawing and Self-Expression Art 107, both lecture (75 students) and studio labs

Drawing I Art 101

Drawing II Art 102

2-D Concepts Art 108                         

Color Concepts Art 208

Introduction to Oil Painting Art 243

Design Survey Art 124, slide lecture class with 185-340 students, covering architecture, product design, history of design, and graphic design

Art Survey Art 105, slide-lecture courses with 340 students, current Visual Arts issues and traditions with historical references

Art Survey Art 106, slide-lecture courses with 340 students, current Visual Arts issues and traditions with historical references

Digital Arts:  Culture, Theory, Practice Art 118, a lecture course with 100-200 students, history and theory of digital art and technology.  Labs were computer lab courses using PhotoShop and Illustrator.

Advanced Studio Practice Art 603, Independent Study, both undergraduate and graduate students.

Advanced Reading and Research Art 608, Independent Study, both undergraduate and graduate students.

Honors Seminar in the Arts:  Understanding Art, Honors 380, developed this studio/arts seminar for the Honors College.

Honors Seminar in the Arts:  The Designed World, Honors 380, developed this arts seminar for the Honors College.

Honors Senior Project, Honors 687, independent thesis advisor, Honors College

A Study of Women in the Visual Arts, Art 249, 449, (history through contemporary) included both undergraduate and graduate students.   Cross-listed with the Women's Studies Department.

Advanced Research-General, Art 908, graduate studio

Advanced Research-Painting Art 943, graduate painting

Graduate Studio, Art 900, studio course for all art graduate students, critiques, presentations, written assignments.

Graduate Reading and Research, Art 903, seminar for all grad students, development of visual and written research.

Research/Career Interests: 

Garrison’s art practice reflects her interest in systems. A years-long series of oil paintings focuses on dendritic, branching system found in neurons in the brain, the smallest capillaries in our bodies, the roots and branches of trees, rivers and their tributaries, and the distribution of matter in the universe.  Another set in the series examines spirals, as found in the unfurling of fern leaves each spring and the rush of a water down a drain, in the turn of a violent tornado and the spiral beauty of the Milky Way. Garrison has exhibited her oil paintings in galleries and museums in California, Missouri, Illinois, Georgia, Wisconsin, and New York and is a past recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant.

 An emerging area of research interest is neuro-aesthetics, the study of the human brain’s ability to understand pattern and systems, to see colors in a small segment of light waves and to create art based on these universal systems.  This growing field of scholarly research involves artists, psychologists, and physicists. A second area of research interest is Data Visualization, applying art and design principles to sets of data with focus on better understanding the data. 

Beyond OSU
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