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Meet Our Professors: Russell Wrankle, Art and Design

Russell Wrankle took his first ceramics class as an undergraduate and he was hooked. Working as a studio artist was his passion and then decided that SUU gave him exactly what he needed as a teacher. His office features his art as well as the student’s projects. Russell spends much one-on-one time with his students working on 3D art.

Assistant Professor of Art

Art and Design

How long have you been working at SUU?
5 years

Where did you grow up?
Palm Springs, California

Where did you attend college and what did you study?
-Bachelor’s in Art at Brigham Young University
-Master's in Art Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Where did you work before coming to SUU?
I worked as a studio artist. It wasn’t quite cutting it for me, so I decided to give teaching a try. I was able to start as an adjunct professor here at SUU and the opportunities kept coming to make it possible for me to be teaching full time.

When and how did you decide what you wanted your career to be?
I took a ceramics class during my undergraduate and couldn’t stop, I became addicted to the field and creating art.

Favorite thing to teach about your subject?
The possibilities of the material. I have always kept to traditional ceramics but recently, I have been in an art rut. So I decided to try some new things. This is always a possibility in this subject.

Why do you love your field?
The community. It’s not only the professors, but also the students. We learn from them too, no matter their age or experience.

What is one thing you wish to tell every student in your class?
The future is bright and your success is up to you. Art has been a very selective field in the past, but the ability that these younger students to market themselves along the possibilities from social media and the internet, they will be able to make that next step and answer the next question for their success.