Biography

Emily Vogel (b. 1995) is a New Jersey-based artist and educator.
Education B.A. Art Education, Fine Arts Minor, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ 2017

Exhibitions: 
Solo:
2016 - Hidden - The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
2016 - Realty Reality - The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Group:
2017 - That On Which We Are Standing, BFA Exhibition - The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ 
2017 - Duality - The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
2016 - TrentonWorks Community Art Exhibit - Trenton, NJ
2015 - Cuba: Remixing Revolution - The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
2014 - Art After Dark - The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ


Artist Statement 

My works are objects that can be loosely categorized as sculptures, photographs, paintings and time-based media that explore themes in social relationships, memory and transformation in form and materials. I experiment with repurposed building materials along with discarded domestic objects that I have collected from my life and from others. I am interested in the residue left from person to person when they touch the same object. No matter the format, my works present fragmented and open-ended stories that can be completed by a viewer’s own expectations and experiences. I explore the human condition through the perspective of my personal experiences and memory in objects, hoping to reveal a deeper truth that viewers can find in themselves. 

Teaching Philosophy 

    My classroom is at the crossroads where pedagogy meets creativity. My interdisciplinary curriculum does not only invite other branches of study to enter the lesson, but they are celebrated and explored. My students come together to learn, create and engage in making studio art. My classroom culture is a safe place for expression and communal learning between students.
     Cross-disciplinary lessons integrate multiple styles of learning. It is important to emphasize this discipline as an art rather than a craft. Art can educate with a purpose. I believe being an effective teacher is based in the fundamental understanding that the arts celebrate multiple perspectives. Art education is a clear and impactful medium in which to illustrate that there are many ways to see and interpret the world.
     The world needs creative thinkers. Having a background in the arts serves for all subjects. Art education equips students to form mental images, which can be used to solve problems. As an educator, I understand it is my responsibility to prepare my students to think critically and artistically both within and, importantly, outside of my classroom. Studio art making and art education requires students to use their eyes and hands to give form to ideas generated in the brain. I challenge my students to create a 2D drawing and later transform it into a 3D sculpture, allowing students to practice transforming ideas and materials.
     I plan to elevate the level of creativity from my students while grounding them in both art history and art appreciation. With every lesson, I introduce a contemporary artist relevant to the student's project.
     A classroom culture of trust and acceptance is the foundation for establishing an environment in which students are empowered and comfortable: providing feedback to continuously improve classroom learning and creation. I instill in my students that failure is okay, but apathy is not. I believe that learning from mistakes enhances achievement. Students will enter my class and for at least one period of the day they can be their true selves, and be rewarded for it. Students will see me as beyond an instructor- they will see me as a mentor and docent in their own journey as an artist.

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