The School of Art is pleased to announce that James Enos has joined the faculty, where he will serve as head of the Studio Art Core program. Enos is an artist and educator who brings a background in design to a diverse set of concerns including pedagogy, urbanism, sculpture, and social practice. Studio Art Core is a set of courses that structures the experience of undergraduate art students at the School of Art.
Enos comes to the School of Art with experience in teaching in a variety of environments, most recently at the New School of Architecture and Design in San Diego and Florida State University. He has also created alternative education workshops as the Urban Laboratories Director and Instructor for The Periscope Project, a 501(c) 3 art and architecture educational initiative that he co-founded with his wife, Molly. The Periscope Project provided a shared work and project space in an undeveloped lot in order to advance spatial literacy and citizenship through summer workshops and after-school programs about the built environment for underprivileged youth. Enos has also served as the Director and Chief Curator of Exploring Engagement at the Oceanside Museum of Art and Project Director of Port Journeys for Spiral Wacoal, Tokyo and ZOU-NO-HANA Terrace, Yokohama, a cultural exchange and residency program.
In his artistic practice, Enos explores material and conversational links among the politics of space, such as through power, property, or violence. His previous exhibitions and/or lectures include: the U.S. Pavilion in the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, Living as Form (the nomadic version) at the Creative Time Summit, LA/LA Place + Practice at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Asia Design Center Forum in Gwangju, HyperCultural Passengers at FRISE Künstlerhaus in Hamburg, and Here Not There at the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art. Enos received his MFA in Public Culture, Urbanism, and Fabrication & Design from The University of California San Diego and his M.Arch in Urban Theory, Tectonics, and Digital Design from The New School of Architecture & Design in San Diego.
In his new role as Assistant Professor of Art, Enos is charged with leading the Studio Art Core program. Studio Art Core is the backbone of the Studio Art BFA and Interdisciplinary Art & Design AB degrees at the School of Art. It includes a year-long survey of art history, three introductory-level studio foundation courses, an intermediate course on the development of ideas and practice, and two upper-level courses in interdisciplinary thematic studio and professional practices. Built upon core principles necessary for all studio art practices, it creates a shared culture of dialogue and interdisciplinary practice across all areas and studio practices within the School. Enos brings several key strengths to the program, including experience in transdisciplinary programming and familiarity with alternate teaching models to address a range of issues. The School of Art is pleased to bring on board faculty who have experience with alternative forms of pedagogical and social practice.
Please join us in welcoming Professor Enos this fall!