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Jorge Lucero is now an Assistant Professor of Art Education at The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. He completed his PhD from The Pennsylvania State University after having taught in the Chicago Public Schools for seven years. Jorge did his undergraduate studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), concentrating in painting and drawing and—during an additional year and half—in art education. He is K-12 art certified in the state of Illinois.

His current research is concerned with the interstices of contemporary art practices with distinctly pedagogical properties (e.g. conceptual art, performance art, participatory and socially engaged art) and how those modes of operation propose alternative approaches to making, learning, relationships, ethics, spirituality, generativity, and civic engagement. Jorge is currently writing about how these educationally-reminiscent forms of contemporary art practice function as permissions for a teaching practice that is also a highly sophisticated art practice. Coming from a studio practice, Jorge’s research has unfolded from a desire to understand the confluence between his research activities (sometimes identified as art) and his teaching persona.

Jorge doesn’t teach and “make art on the side”, he has identified a strategy–through conceptual art practices–where his teaching and creative practices are the same thing.

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