Ruth Skinner






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

My teaching philosophy has developed from my experiences as a learner, researcher, teaching assistant, artist, arts administrator, and course instructor. I encourage students to engage with art from both conceptual and material vantages, as both consumers and producers of knowledge. By fostering collaborative learning environments, students actively contribute to the shape and development of the course. Our classroom 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've led 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) for my teaching dossier and/or professional resume.
Download my cv here