Seasonal Affects


Instructors: Jason Dunda and Erin Washington

PAINTING, 3 credits

Responding to the unique time and place of Ox-Bow in the winter, this class will focus on light as subject, object, concept and tool. The class will begin with traditional painting approaches and techniques. As the course evolves students are free to hybridize and cross over into interdisciplinary explorations if they choose. In-class exercises will examine and respond to a range of light qualities from the diffuse to the fleeting winter light. Ideally this is a class of diverse makers who are able to discuss the subtle and highly attentive acts of perception. 


Jason Dunda is a Canadian painter living in Chicago. Trained as an oil painter at York University in Toronto (BFA) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (MFA), he is currently working on a suite of paintings based upon research of social and political events of the past and present. Outside the studio, he is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he teaches studio and seminar classes in the Contemporary Practices and Arts Administration and Policy departments. His work is represented in the collections of Todd Oldham, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and the Doris McCarthy Gallery at the University of Toronto. Recent projects include a solo exhibition at Slow in Chicago, a group drawing survey at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a four-month research and production residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Jason Dunda, Mai Dang Lao.  Oil on linen, 2016.  30 x 36”

Jason Dunda, Mai Dang Lao.  Oil on linen, 2016.  30 x 36”

Erin Washington is a Painter, Drawer, and Installation artist currently living and working in Chicago. Using fugitive and symbolic materials (ex. ashes, blackberries, bones, chalk, moss, and spaceblankets), Washington’s works source imagery from the Sciences, Mythology, and Art History that represent ruptures and failures in the search for meaning and truth. Erin is currently a lecturer in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her MFA in 2011. Notable solo exhibitions have been held at such venues as The Riverside Art Center in Riverside Illinois and Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at such spaces as Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; The Hyde Park Art Center; and Columbia University in New York.

Erin Washington, Ruin and Cosmic Dust

Erin Washington, Ruin and Cosmic Dust

January 8
Design + Anarchy