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Chancie Ferris Booth Distinguished Professor of Art
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401
At Knox Since: 1990
Professor of Art
Why did you decide to become a professor?
I've always liked talking about ideas, and I think there are important visual issues students should know about. More particularly the part of teaching that engages me is the process of thinking on your feet, immediately responding to student work, and helping students realize their potential. The studio/classroom is an arena of possibilities and unpredictability—my job is always interesting.
I like the academic freedom Knox offers, and being part of the small but ambitious studio art program here has always been exciting. I like the way art can be considered from a variety of cultural, socio-political, ethical, of course visual, and environmental perspectives within a liberal arts curriculum.
How has interacting with students affected your own academic interests and research?
Interacting with students has in some ways broadened the lens through which I consider my work. Being a landscape painter, environmental issues, for example, have added a layer of complexities in my work. Some students pursue research that truly compels me and opens new doors of thought and perception.