Q1: Please provide your name and some contact information for us.
Name: Nancy Prudic
Current title: Associate Professor of Visual Art
Campus Address: Box 354, Office # FA224
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Phone Number: 440.375.7452
Q2: Please provide us with your educational background.
Regina High School, South Euclid, Ohio
BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art
MFA, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont
Q3: Describe your area(s) of research.
Concept-driven sculpture, installation and performance art.
Q4: Tell us when you joined the faculty at Lake Erie College.
Part time in 1995
Full time, tenure track in 2002
Q5: How and why did you get into teaching?
I started teaching in the Cleveland Recreation Bureau of Cultural Arts and later taught with the Cleveland Museum of Art. I taught workshops and residencies in the public schools in Cuyahoga County, the Cleveland Children’s Museum and community centers in Cuyahoga County. I became a museum educator at the Cleveland Museum of Art conducting gallery talks, slide lectures and studio classes. I taught college classes at Tri-C, LEC and Ursuline College.
Q6: Why did you choose to teach at Lake Erie College?
I was asked by an art colleague if I would be interested in an artist-in-residence opportunity and went from that to teaching and gallery managing.
Q7: Please give an example of a real-world application of the courses you teach.
I teach drawing, 2D and 3D design, sculpture, ceramics, and art history and art appreciation. Everything you use is designed by an artist, from your clothes, to your chair, to the box in which your cereal is packaged. Even if you are not an artist, my courses teach an individual how to be a keen observer and interpret the images we are bombarded with on a daily basis through visual media. With an art degree you can be an educator, product designer, space manager, studio foundry worker, color specialist and numerous other occupations too many to list.
Q8: Why do you love your discipline that you teach?
My work engages the intellect and the body. It embodies chemistry, physics, hand-eye coordination and critical thinking.
Q9: What has been your proudest moment as a professor at Lake Erie College?
The regional awards my colleague and I were nominated for by Northern Ohio Live Magazine. "48 Hours of Making Art” brought visibility to LEC and brought artists from all over the country to participate. We won numerous grants from the Ohio Arts Council for this project.
Q10: What one-to-two life skills do you try to teach your students?
Be an innovative, thoughtful, observant, hardworking individual
Q11: What one concept would you like every student to know and understand?
That there are millions of ways to evaluate a situation and solve a problem
Q12: How do you interact with students outside of class?
I aim to involve them in arts-related LEC events and community arts programs and events. It’s important for students to engage in the community at large.