Department of Art & Art History
Associate Professor Tracy Templeton
MFA, 1997, University of Alberta, Canada
BFA, 1995, University of Regina, Canada
Office: AB 113
Tracy Templeton teaches printmaking at Southern Oregon University. Before joining the department in 2001, she taught at the University of Alberta, the University of Regina and Illinois State University. Her work has been shown in Canada, the United States, Mexico, England, France, Germany, Italy, Turkey, Egypt, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Japan and Korea. Templeton has received several awards including Honorary Mention at the Seoul Print Biennial, Third Place in the Great Canadian Printmaking Competition, and several purchase prizes. Specializing in photographic etching, she has lectured extensively on the technique at Anchor Graphics, Chicago; Black Hills State University, South Dakota; and Lane Community College in Oregon, among others.
Templeton’s own work refers heavily to journey, migration, and overall transformation. Discharged of any significant ideological value, her images transcend cultural and historic boundaries.
Her teaching philosophy emphasizes global awareness and engagement with the international printmaking community, giving students exposure to a broad range of expertise and knowledge specific to their creative exploration. The printmaking program encourages students to think critically, to challenge boundaries through experimentation, and to engage in constructive analysis of their own work and the issues surrounding it. Students learn to think for themselves, to solve their own problems, and to take responsibility for their own creative decisions. In a solution-oriented environment, students gain the confidence to trust their perception and allow imagination to give form to their ideas.