Art and Art History

DL Simmons

DL Simmons

Title: Assistant Professor of Studio Art
Department: Art and Art History
Building: ARC 105
Email: dlsimmons@uttyler.edu
Phone: 903.566.7297

Degrees

B.F.A. Maryland Institute College of Art
M.F.A. Louisiana State University 
Area: Drawing and Printmaking

Biography

D.L. Simmons received his MFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University and graduated from Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Studio Art. He also studied printmaking at Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland. D.L. is a printmaker using traditional and multiple processes that incorporate intaglio, relief, serigraph and digital processes. Since graduation, he has served as an Assistant Professor of Art at Middle Georgia State University, and as an Adjunct Professor for Mercer University, USC Upstate, Converse College, and Towson University, as well as  full time faculty for The Jemicy School. Currently, D.L. lives in Texas and is an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Tyler. He has exhibited nationally and internationally. Most recently he has presented papers at SAMLA Modern Language Association and Southern Humanities Conference, and exhibited at Big Ink, Atlanta Printmakers Studio,  Zuckerman Museum of Art, Ogden Museum of Art, Frances Sewell Plunket Gallery, Sochi Gallery, Ampersand Gallery, and Southside Art Gallery. He was selected as the visiting artist for Lawrence University, and has exhibited internationally at Liu Haisu Art Museum, Shanghai, China. His works are included in many private and public  collections, such as the permanent collection of Zuckerman Museum of Art and Wriston Art Gallery.

Summary of Current Research

My work is a direct response to my life experiences. Although my work does not directly reproduce any specific events, the imagery is made up of objects and icons that reflect and give way to narrative vignettes abstracted from my life. I use my personal experiences as a lens to explore cultural context and develop visual concepts as metaphor. For me, it is important that the outside world is not simply viewed and represented by the artist, but rather that is it viewed, assimilated, and interpreted by the artist.  When the objects and images from our everyday lives mingle with nuances of memory and forgetting, the familiar becomes saturated with multiple layers of meaning from the seemingly mundane to the larger-than-life metaphorical significance. Looking at the loss of the southern oral traditions and storytelling, I am motivated by the need to preserve and to explore those fundamental experiences that create the wellspring of my cultural experience, that intangible mysticism of cultural experience and identity. My work is the physical embodiment of an emotional experience as an investigation of the self, told in the media of printmaking and the process therein. As a whole, my work is a means for me to understand my personal emotional relationship to society’s activity in remembering and forgetting. My work transforms a shared personal experience into an emotionally tangible visual object. I work through the printmaking process to develop a body of work that makes sense of emotional, cultural, and physical experiences.

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