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Teaching Creativity at MSU

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Teaching creativity at Michigan State University

Thank you for taking a look at my artwork. Since my retirement from commercial art and teaching in 2020, I have focused my energies on growing my skills as a fine artist, making paintings, drawings, prints, cartoons, and art for kids. 

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I'm a self-taught artist, an interest that began with drawing cartoons for my high school paper. Instead of attending college I went right to work and enjoyed a variety of jobs, like factory work, ELS teaching abroad, carpentry, and dairy farming. But, a desire to be have a career in art never left me so, in 1979, I moved to New York City at 24 to give it a try.

 

I lucked out by being offered an art job in the field of journalism making infographics, which I had never herd of (they display information graphically)
and spent 27 years in New York and Washington as the infographics Art Director at UPI, the Daily News, The National Sports Daily, AP, and Newsweek.

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In 2006, I was invited to teach at Michigan State University in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, where I taught two subjects —"Visualizing Information with Infographics" (for the School of Journalism) and "Creativity and Complex Problem-Solving" (open to all students in the college). During my 15 years there, I was fortunate to have won both college and university-wide teaching awards. (Thank you students!) 

 

I also consulted globally with a variety of news and other organizations on the topics of infographics and creative problem-solving and spoke at numerous professional conferences, including the Society for News Design and South by Southwest (SXSW). I have also given a few TEDx Talks as well as written a handful of articles for the Huffington Post.. 

Best of all, I am happily married to the fantastic Dorsey Weber and have two wonderful sons, Cole and Erik. 

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Working on "Chasing the Pack" bike race painting

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Dorsey with Cole, left, and Erik

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