John Dodson Jr
Tallahassee, United States
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This love for art was welcomed and supported by my parents through encouragement, being bought countless supplies, and private art instruction.
I was exposed early to a multitude of types of art. Encouragement was ever present for me to experience art from different historical time periods, different cultures and different types of art. Although, I always have preferred art from the Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as comic book type illustration.
For my undergraduate degree I obtained a BFA at the Ringling School of Art and Design (recently re-named the Ringling College of Art and Design) in Sarasota, FL while majoring in illustration.
Since graduating I have taught art in the Florida public school system as well as created graphic design and illustration for a variety of commissions. Most commonly I have created for the purpose of marketing and advertising.
Both schools I was hired at eventually lost funding and had art classes removed from the schools entirely. I since moved to Tallahassee, Florida where a large majority of my family resides.
Not finding luck in the marketing/advertising or museum market I decided, with the support (permission) of my beautiful wife of course, to go back to school and obtain my MFA.
I am currently working full time throwing stock at a grocery store during the graveyard shift (2:30am - 12pm) to pay the bills while in school, but am hoping a museum position or teaching position will open up soon.
My hope is to get back into teaching. I enjoyed the interaction with the students, parents, and fellow teachers and thoroughly miss everything about that environment.
I plan on shortly after obtaining my MFA to go for my Ph.D. degree in art history. I would want my doctoral degree to focus on the renaissance and/or baroque periods.
I aspire to eventually be a college professor teaching illustration while illustrating Caldecott winning children's books. But I want that to come after a long time in the industry working as a character designer for either movies or video games or both. Hey, dream big right?