Ruth Skinner

About

Photography

Editing

Teaching

Affiliates

I am currently an instructor in the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts & Humanities at Western University. You can view some really great examples of recent student work on SASAH's portal, Pegasus.

I am also the current manager of the Artlab Gallery, an experimental pedagogical space in the Department of Visual Arts at Western University.

My teaching philosophy has developed from my experiences as a learner, researcher, teaching assistant, artist, arts administrator, and course instructor. A leading mandate of my teaching is to encourage students to engage with art from both conceptual and material vantages, as both consumers and producers of knowledge. I try to foster collaborative learning environments where students actively contribute to the shaping and development of the course. My educational focus moves laterally across theory and practice, historical knowledge, and hands-on material experience and experimentation. I have designed and taught post-secondary courses in artists' publishing/distribution and digital literacy (from the perspective of visual culture). I have been invited to lead workshops in photo documentation, digital photography, studio photography, artists' books and exhibition catalogue design.

Research, teaching, & curatorial interests:
Artists' publishing and distribution practices (print & digital outputs, distribution strategies);
Digital and material literacy, (re)formatting and preservation, archives, metadata, algorithms, & digital accessibility;
Histories and theories of photography;
Theories of representation and spectatorship;
Intersections of art, esotericism, and forensics (histories & methodologies)
Artist-run culture and artist-run spaces in Canada

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Contact me at ruth.skinner(a)gmail.com for my teaching dossier and/or professional resume.
My academic cv can be downloaded here.