This is the website of Dallas based artist and educator Justin Clumpner.  Working primarily in paint and collage, he depicts symbolic narratives built around portraiture.  Using newspaper and advertisements as source material, Clumpner looks to our contemporary existence to find the maddening, the ironic, and the absurd.  He uses this imagery to create secular icons of morality inspired by the stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts that were ever-present in his upbringing.  Using these same symbolic elements mixed with contemporary imagery, he creates something both new and familiar.

 

Justin Clumpner holds degrees from the Savannah College of Art and Design and the University of Illinois at Chicago, and he is pursuing a master’s degree from Texas Tech.   His work can currently be seen at the Kettle Art Gallery in Dallas, Texas.

 

 

Justin Clumpner

  • 2016

    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Curriculum Slam (featured presenter)

    National Art Education Association Conference

    Chicago, IL  |  March 19th, 2016

    Teachers from across the country share curriculum in a fast, functional, and fun format.  Curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s Teacher Advisory Committee, each performative presentation introduces fresh activities and artmaking approaches.  Emceed by Lydia Ross and James Rees.

     

    Leading by Example: Teachers as Artists, Researchers, and Writers (co-presenter)

    National Art Education Association Conference

    Chicago, IL  |  March 19th, 2016

    This session highlights the importance of thinking about ourselves as artists, researchers, and writers before teachers.  In order to model creative thinking to our students, we must be participating in the process of making work.

     

    Art Education without Authority

    National Art Education Association Conference

    Chicago, IL  |  March 18th, 2016

    Designing lessons following concept instead of steps, and creating a curriculum that allows students to take control of their creative process so you become an assistant to dynamic student artists.

     

  • 2015

    B.Y.O.B. Art History

    North Texas Mensa Regional Gathering

    Grapevine, TX  |  November 27th, 2015

    Justin Clumpner is an artist, educator, and former bartender that has combined his love of art history, education, and drinking into a lighthearted and slightly NSFW presentation.  The entirety of art history’s “Western canon” will be discussed from ancient cave painting through modern art in about an hour. Like an entire college semester up, over & out, this lecture is both humorous and a spectacle; and like anything else, it’s better with a good drink in hand.

     

    Art Education without Authority

    Texas Art Education Association Conference

    Galveston, TX  |  November, 2015

    Designing lessons following concept instead of steps, and creating a curriculum that allows students to take control of their creative process so you become an assistant to dynamic student artists.

     

    B.Y.O.B. Art History:  The Surrealists

    Kettle Art Gallery

    Dallas, TX  |  October 1st, 2015

    Arts educator Justin Clumpner has the right idea — pairing anything with booze, especially art history, makes it infinitely better. Round up those stray cans of beer in the fridge or scrape together quarters for a sixer of something cheap, and bring it up to Kettle Art on Thursday for BYOB Art History. Clumpner will present a lightning-fast, “speed-reading” version of art history, from cave drawings to 2015, after which the gallery will screen award-winning short films from Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp in keeping with Kettle’s current surrealist exhibition. More at kettleart.com.  By Amy McCarthy

     

    B.Y.O.B. Art History:  Myth America Edition

    Kettle Art Gallery

    Dallas, TX  |  May 14th, 2015

    B.Y.O.B. Art History is back! And it's kicking off one last weekend of the "Myth America" exhibit in its extended run, held over through Saturday, May 16. Join host Justin Clumpner and his fellow "Myth America" artists for a fun and enlightening evening of informal discussion on the history of art this Thursday, May 14, at 7:30pm.

     

    Vertical Teaming: From Seventh Grade to Senior Year (co-presenter)

    National Art Education Association Conference

    New Orleans, LA  |  March 27th, 2015

    Two teachers share their curriculum re-design in Pre-AP and AP classes. The vertical alignment starts with the middle school student and follows him/her to the AP portfolio.

     

  • 2014

    B.Y.O.B. Art History:  Ancient Egypt

    Kettle Art Gallery

    Dallas, TX  |  April 24th, 2014

    Join us for the second installment of BYOB Art History. Artist and educator Justin Clumpner will lead a casual discussion on the art and culture of ancient Egypt. Bring your favorite beverage and maybe a chair. Seating is limited. Doors open at 7 p.m. We will begin promptly at 7:30.

     

    B.Y.O.B. Art History

    Kettle Art Gallery

    Dallas, TX  |  March 13th, 2014

    Rockwall High School art teacher Justin Clumpner – whose work is part of the current three-man “Love, Death + Desert” exhibition at the gallery – will be dropping his knowledge of art history as part of the Deep Ellum gallery’s newest series. The initial installment will give a broad overview of the entire series including topics from prehistory to post-modernism. Bringing your own beers, and chairs, is recommended. -- Cory Graves

     

  • 2013

     

    Art/Technology/Cinematography (co-presenter)

    National Art Education Association Conference

    Fort Worth, TX  |  March 8th, 2013

    Utilizing the narrative qualities of canonical art historical works, this session discusses the steps needed to create a film with art 1 students from concept to an edited film.