Teacher/Maker Juried Exhibition
Artspace 304 presents Teacher/Maker, a juried exhibition on view August 5-September 2. All Southern Illinois K-12 teachers who also identify as makers and artists were invited to participate. Our juror, Jeremy Crawford, Cobden High School art teacher, will determine Best in Show, Second Place, and Third Place, which will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, August 5 from 5-7 pm. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three winning artists.
Teacher/Maker includes work from Amber Akes, Levi Biedermann, Jeremy Crawford (Juror), Sara DeNeal, Lisa Janssen, Kristin Jones, Shirley Krienert, Jen Meroe Kennedy, LaNeal Nance, Ashley Dawn Priddy, Jeremy Robbins, Marie Samuel, Joshua Shearer, Nathan Talley, Lea Heller, and Courtney Vincent.
Jeremy Crawford is a high school art teacher at Cobden High School in Cobden, Illinois. He is an IAEA member and has served on IAEA’s South Council as events coordinator and treasurer. He is also currently serving on Artspace 304’s Artist Council in Carbondale, Illinois. Jeremy is an art advocate and one of the founding members of Art For All, a small group of artists and art educators who meet monthly to advocate for the arts in southern Illinois.
Along with teaching art, Jeremy teaches an industrial design class, guitar building, and ukulele building. In 2018, Jeremy went to his first STEM Guitar Building Institute in Nevada. He has since attended two more STEM instrument building classes through the National Science Foundation’s STEM Guitar Program. In his instrument building classes at Cobden, he blends traditional woodworking with modern manufacturing, using CAD/CAM software and a CNC machine to teach students how to make guitars and ukuleles. For Jeremy, it is the perfect opportunity to turn STEM into STEAM. Students leave at the end of the semester with a new skill set and beautifully handcrafted instrument in their hands.
Jeremy graduated from SIU Carbondale in 2010 with a Bachelors in Art Education and a Minor in Native American Art History. He has been teaching at Cobden since 2016. In 2020 Jeremy was awarded the School of Distinction honor by the Illinois Art Education Association for his work in the classroom and community. His current art practice includes printmaking, sculpture and ceramics, but his primary focus is woodworking. To Jeremy, making art and teaching art are equally important, and he considers himself to be on a conscious journey to learn and teach about both.