My passion and enthusiasm for teaching comes from the profound and joyful experiences I have had while making, thinking about, and experiencing art. I aim to encourage and inspire students to learn, think critically and grow as individuals and artists.
Art courses are an opportunity for growth—artistically, intellectually, and emotionally. To inspire development and growth in art classes, I promote a trans-disciplinary approach, where other fields of knowledge can inspire art ideas, and where creative ideas can lead the student into experimenting with interdisciplinary approaches. In my vast experiences as a student, the greatest instructors have made me feel like I have done all of the work myself, and I am certainly interested in cultivating such a feeling, since it gives every student the sense that they have grown and that they have the power to be creative.
My most important teaching goal involves bringing to light students' critical thinking abilities, which they are certainly equipped with. Critical thinking can be developed through introducing students to new approaches and artists that are innovative, exciting, and contemporary. One of the most pivotal aspects of teaching and learning occurs in times of breakthrough when students become interested in new ideas and approaches. I strive to connect students to the art world outside of the classroom. It is important that students see me engaging in the art community, so they can develop a relationship not only with the process of making art, but also with art culture.
I cannot stress enough the importance of seeing actual works of art. I hope that through this engagement with diverse art communities, my students will develop and explore resources that will to be important to their education and lead them into their professional careers.
Originally from Brodnica, Poland, I earned my B.F.A. from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. I continued studies at Purdue University, where I earned an M.A., followed with an M.F.A from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. While at Tyler, I spent a year studying in Rome, Italy.
I have completed residencies at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Connecticut, the Frans Masereel Center in Belgium, the Cork Printmakers in Ireland and the Women's Studio Workshop in New York. Solo exhibits include Liminal Passages at Longwood College in Virginia, The Distance Between at the Limerick Printmakers Gallery in Ireland and Contain/Retain at the Cocoon Gallery in Kansas City.
Artwork by Monika Meler
|Fantasy Structure #1
diffused relief print, monotype
39 x 28.5" 2011
Hand-cut stencil, relief print
35 x 50" 2012
ARTS 005, Drawing
ARTS 007, Principles of 2-D Design and Color
ARTS 021, Life Drawing I
ARTS 121, Life Drawing II
ARTS 059, Printmaking I
ARTS 151, Printmaking II
ARTS 153, Printmaking III
ARTS 183, Studio Art Seminar II
Department of Visual Arts