Title: Assistant Professor of Studio Art
Company: The University of Texas at Tyler
Location: Flint, Texas, United States
Donald Simmons, Assistant Professor of Studio Art at The University of Texas at Tyler, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art instruction and exhibition.
Following completing coursework in printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art in 2002, Mr. Simmons obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore the same year. He continued his education with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in printmaking from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2006.
Since receiving his MFA, Mr. Simmons has served as an adjunct professor with Towson University from 2006 to 2007, with the faculty of the Jemicy School in Owings Mills, South Carolina from 2007 to 2009, adjunct professor with Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina from 2011 to 2012, adjunct professor with USC Upstate from 2011 to 2014, guest professor with Mercer University in Macon, Georgia in 2018, assistant professor of art with Middle Georgia State University in Macon in 2019 and assistant professor of studio art with The University of Texas at Tyler from 2019 to the present.
In addition to academics, Mr. Simmons has excelled as a printmaker employing traditional and multiple processes that incorporate intaglio, relief, serigraph and digital processes. His works have appeared at the Athens Institute For Contemporary Art in Athens, Georgia; the 120 Art Gallery in Taylor, Texas; and the Anne Dean Turk Fine Arts Gallery at Kilgore College in Kilgore Texas.
Mr. Simmons received the first-place award in a juried exhibition at St. Louis Artists’ Guild in St. Louis and also received third place in an international juried show at Jadite Gallery in New York. In addition, he has exhibited internationally at Liu Haisu Art Museum in Shanghai, China and his works are included in many private and public collections such as the permanent collection of Zuckerman Museum of Art and Wriston Art Gallery. In what he considers to be a career highlight, he was the recipient of the Faber Birren Award by the Stamford Art Association for original and creative expression of color in 2021.
Mr. Simmons attributes his success to a very supportive family and supportive friends. He was mentored by Kimberly Arp, the head of printmaking in L.A. for over 35 years, an artist who was a big influence on him named Henry Niese and by Quentin Moseley, a visual artist in Maryland.
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