Areas of Specialization: Sculpture, Materials Research, Tinkering
Office: AS 1.106
Email: [email protected]
My name is Val and I am a graduate of the Arts and Technology program here at UT Dallas as well as an instructor in the Arts program. My background is in sculpture. I have been a working and practicing artist since 2004. However, my journey has brought me to a point where I am beginning to appreciate that my field of study has been about the process of exploring and taking things instead of an emphasis on the finished product. This led me to develop the course, The Art of Tinkering, under the mentorship of Professor Greg Metz. This course incorporates electronics, Arduino controllers, sound, light and mechanical movement into students' work.
One of my main focuses is to balance traditional practices and processes with technology. I do this by connecting with retired masters in the fields of electronics and machine technology to bring some of this wisdom to our new generation of students.
My greatest strengths are the curiosity and confidence to explore and experience the things that I have little knowledge of. I try to convey this curiosity to students so that they can develop their own creativity and confidence. I love taking things apart to understand how they work and then appling that to art. If you ask past students about their experiences studying with me, I know more than a couple that would say, "Val and I approached this project with basically no previous experience and worked through it successfully."
Before working at UT Dallas, I was a jack of all trades, but primarily an artist. From fine wood working, to being a display artist, to graphic design, my background was not glamourous but it gave me a good practical foundation to develop my art making process.
Recent Courses: View courses taught by Val Curry
M.F.A. in Arts and Technology, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2014
B.F.A. in Sculpture, Texas A&M Commerce, 2011
Curriculum Vitae: Val Curry's CV