Emerita Faculty
Jann Nunn

Professor of Sculpture

Office and Phone

Art 124
Phone: (707) 664-3043
Email: jann.nunn@sonoma.edu
Web Page: http://jann-nunn.com

Education and Training

  • B.F.A. University of Alaska, Anchorage 1988 Sculpture
  • Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture 1991 Painting/Sculpture
  • M.F.A. San Francisco Art Institute 1992 Sculpture

Courses Taught at SSU

  • ArtS 102 3-Dimensional Fundamentals
  • ArtS 236 Beginning Sculpture
  • ArtS 335 Intermediate Bronze Foundry
  • ArtS 336 Intermediate Sculpture
    ArtS 435 Advanced Bronze Foundry
  • ArtS 436 Advanced Sculpture
    ArtS 465 BFA Seminar
  • ArtS 466/492 Professional Artists' Practices
  • ArtS 498 Large-Scale Bronze Casting
  • ArtS 498 Performance Art

About the Artist:

My work primarily takes the form of large-scale sculptural installation, sculpture, and performance art. It is content-oriented, applying both conceptual and poetic aesthetics. It is frequently site-related or situation-responsive and takes into account its immediate surroundings; absorbing characteristics of the particular place or situation, reflecting physical, historical, or psychological attributes. My well-researched projects address a range of themes, from overtly personal to those that are more widely encompassing and political in nature.

I chose materials and employ specific presentation methods that buttress each work's given concept. I typically use materials in unanticipated ways that evoke multifarious meanings. Disparate materials such as welded steel with glass or fabric may be used in a single work to accentuate conflict or tension. In most cases, I consider my work to be "figurative," although without the necessity to literally represent the human form. Except in my performance works, the body is absent, yet its presence is almost always referenced, either explicitly or by allusion.

It is not fortuitous when my work elicits a humorous response to otherwise serious issues. In my documentary film, The Bradfords Tour America (co-written, produced, and directed with U.B. Morgan), levity is employed to portray how societal prejudices against homosexuals are shaped by the power of the religious right through its direct ministry and its influence in government and media. The film has screened widely since its 1999 premiere in Washington, D.C.

I have exhibited, lectured and held residencies nationally and internationally since 1987. At Sonoma State, I teach courses in installation, public sculpture, fabrication, casting and performance. I am strongly committed to a conceptual approach in my teaching as well as in my own work. At the core of my pedagogy, I teach future artists to strive for excellence and authenticity.