Areas of Specialization: Photography, Video Art, Contemporary Art, Visual Culture, Performance Art
I am a part-time Lecturer in Photography at UTD. I also teach art appreciation courses at Collin College. Over the past 16 years, my work has been exhibited in 18 solo exhibitions and 87 group exhibitions/festivals spanning 34 countries. I've been honored with an Outstanding Teacher Award at University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Leeway Foundation Award for Art and Change. I am a member and former Mid-Atlantic President of the Society of Photographic Education and a member of the Association of International Art Critics. In addition to teaching, creating and exhibiting art and writing about art, I am also a volunteer leader for Traffick911, whose mission is to rescue Texas children from sex trafficking. I enjoy NIA dancing, aerial yoga, waterskiing and reading.
My areas of research include a multi-disciplinary artistic practice combining photography, video, sculpture and performance art, as well as writing about art and culture. (Currently for glasstire.com and eutopia.us) My work examines issues surrounding gender, death and contemporary culture. Another research focus is the area of dark tourism and the memorial practices surrounding sites of atrocity.
I approach my teaching much like my creative artistic practice, from an interdisciplinary perspective. I endeavor to provide a challenging, supportive and nurturing environment, fostering participatory learning. I believe that it is my job as an educator to inspire a love of learning in my students. In my photography classes, I encourage the students to develop their creative vision and find the extraordinary in the ordinary. I emphasize a development of technical skills, visual design and conceptual problem-solving.
Before joining UTD, I taught for 9 years at the University of Pennsylvania, as a Senior Lecturer in Critical Writing and the interdisciplinary Visual Studies major. I developed team-taught courses in interdisciplinary studio art/critical theory classes, as well as advising senior thesis projects. Prior to that I also taught black and white darkroom photography. I've also taught at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, developing new curriculum in critical theory for Photography majors and an interdisciplinary studio course for Media Arts majors.
Recent Courses: View courses taught by Colette Copeland
Work Samples and Publications: My published articles on Glasstire.
MFA, Art Media Studies, Syracuse University
BFA, Merchandising with a minor in Photography, Pratt Institute
Curriculum Vitae: Colette Copeland's CV