Saint Louis University
Deborah Douglas

Program Director and Assistant Professor of Art and Art History

courses taught: Approaching the Arts, Contemporary Art Since 1980
phone: 314-977-3501
office hours: Tuesday, Thursday 10-11

Member of the
SLU community
since 2008
Degree: MFA in Art History
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

Deborah has taught in the fields of Art History and Studio Art since 1991. As an artist, Deborah has been exhibiting professionally for nearly 20 years. Her exhibition record includes numerous local and national institutions and galleries. Her work has been featured in New American Painting vols.41 and 23 (nee Touhill). She has had reviews in publications including the Kansas City Star, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Intermission Magazine and the Riverfront Times. Besides her work as a practicing artist, Deborah has had the opportunity to present lectures to arts organizations, serve as juror for other events and exhibitions and contribute artworks to auctions benefiting a variety of local institutions.
Narrative: Deborah has said about her work, "As an artist, I work with two dimensional materials, including painting, drawing, collage, and printmaking. Since graduate school I have worked to develop a personal vocabulary of imagery and mark making that speaks to my interest in the balance of form and content. My work deals with the juxtaposition of color, pattern and form with a postmodern sensibility. Combining these elements with various stylistic tendencies creates a personal narrative that allows me to explore my own personal experiences on a conceptual basis while working within the construct of formalism. By placing seemingly disparate imagery together within the confines of the picture plane, I create relationships and meaning that speak to who I am. This dichotomy is at the heart of all the art I make. Images are derived from the ideas of a nostalgic past, of longing, and of loss, from high and low art, from my knowledge of art history, from popular culture and from objects and ideas close to me. I do this work because it is a way that I can communicate with others about my own life and the world around me."
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