Bio

Jim Dahl has been involved with art and art teaching since 1980. A graduate of UC Davis with a degree in History and a BFA in Painting from Art Center College, 1986, he subsequently lived and worked in Brooklyn, where he completed his MFA in Painting from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, and an Ed. M. in Art Education from Teachers College Columbia University. Jim’s artwork represents visual experiences in a world of constant, complex change and variation. In the 1990’s while teaching as an itinerant artist in NYC public schools, he organized community art festivals for the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition.  As the decade drew to a close, he directed an artist residency program for K-8 classrooms in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and curated exhibitions at the Independence Community Bank branch in Red Hook. The venue's design as an art gallery enabled a forum for conceptually driven displays of the vibrant South Brooklyn community.  He also served as a grant advisor for the Community Assets Organizational Support Program of the New Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) from 1997-2000. He also taught studio art for the Brooklyn Museum, and served as an adjunct professor for Kean University, The College of New Jersey and Long Island University. From 2003 to 2013, he taught art education for CSU Fullerton contributing to development of art education teachers throughout the Southland, in addition to active membership in the California Art Education Association. Dahl is currently developing new series of mono prints and paintings that integrate the varieties of his experience found in his trove of sketchbooks, collages, paintings. In addition he continues working outdoors with painterly landscapes. His work is eclectic. Content engages points of view with word play, relating or uncovering sites of significance, or activating  meaningful symbols.  This work involves playful juxtaposition and occasional recognition of darker implications in a search for truth.  The challenge of accepting ambiguity is that many viewers tend to disregard all but the overdetermined experience that nestles in categories.   Unless one invests time many of these works appear ordinary, while they are also capable of evoking new layers of meaning as artworks are experienced through time.