"I look for the in-between places, the liminal spaces, in my work."
David JP Hooker lives and works in the greater Chicago area, where he is an artist and full professor at Wheaton College. He received an M.F.A. in Ceramics from Kent State University and a B.A. in English from Furman University.
His artistic practice explores a variety of media, including sculpture, pottery, performance art and collage. His works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including the Guilford Arts Center in Connecticut, Pottery Northwest in Seattle, the Third Annual Triennial of Silicate Arts in Hungary, and the 2016 International Cultural Fair in Dunhuang, China. His work can be found in various public and private collections, including the South Carolina State Museum, the Greenville County Museum of Art, Winthrop University, and Lanzhou City University.
When David is not freaking out over deadlines, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Elaine, his children Abbey and Samuel, his dog, Mac, and his cat, Evee. He also enjoys baseball, BBQ, and tennis—not necessarily in that order.
Make artwork that...
-Seeks value in ordinary things.
-Connects with both regional and global concerns.
-Lives both in the gallery and out of it; interacts directly with daily life.
-Makes room for contemplation in a world increasingly full of distraction.
Support other artists by...
-Sharing my technical expertise and experience with students, encouraging them to find their own identities and flourish in sustainable artistic practice.
-Mentoring a few more dedicated young artists on a deeper level, hopefully developing paid internships in the future.
-Being a patron of other artists and arts organizations
-Seeking opportunities to curate shows featuring works of other artists.
Develop community by...
-Developing an artistic practice that seeks to connect people and fosters dialog
-Building relationships with supporters and patrons
-Deliberately seeking opportunities to show my work in my local community- not just in big venues.
- Having sales which support local non-profits.