©2018 by David Russell.

EDUCATION

Otis College of Art & Design, M.F.A. Public Practice

2009-2011


Open University- Anyang, Korea- Urbanism/ Gentrification

2010


Metropolitan State College of Denver, K-12 Art Education 

1999-2001

University of Tulsa, B.F.A. Painting/ Art History

1994-1998


Richmond College- Florence, Italy, Art History/ Painting

1996-1997

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Otis College of Art and Design

2010-Present

Courses:

  • Lead Instructor/ Curricular author-The Visual Landscape: Murals and Civic Engagement Within the Public Realm Creative Action/ Integrated Learning Course

  • Lead Instructor – Made for Kids: Childhood Learning and Development Studio, Creative Action/ Integrated Learning Course

  • Mentoring Teacher- Rise Above Plastics/ Surfrider- Creative Action Course


University of Denver/ Bachelor of Arts Continuing Education Program

2014-Present

Online courses:

  • Creativity and Innovation

  • Society through Film and Novels

  • Art and Interpretation


Douglas County School District

2001-2008

  • Designed/ Implemented Elementary Art Program, Art Instructor (grades K-6) 2001-2004

  • A.P. Drawing/ Painting & Commercial Art Instructor, (grades 9-12) 2004-2008

 

MOBILE MURAL LAB (PUBLIC PRACTICE)

2010- Present

The Mobile Mural Lab was conceived by David Russell as his M.F.A. thesis and co-founded the entity with Roberto Del Hoyo in 2011. Russell has served as Executive Director, Lead Artist and Coordinator to facilitate creative civic engagement programming, cross-cultural community development, educational residencies and permanent public mural projects.

 

PARTNERS INCLUDE

Cal Arts College

Community Arts Resources (CARS LA)

CicLAvia City of Santa Monica City of Charlotte, North Carolina (City Manager’s Office)

Craft and Folk Art Museum Los Angeles

Google Inc.

KIPP Charter Schools

Los Angeles Unified School District Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

Los Angeles Transit Authority (METRO)

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA)

Occidental College

Otis College of Art & Design Riverside Art Museum

Self Help Graphics

Social and Public Arts Resource Center (SPARC)

UCLA (Chicano Studies Research Center)

Wignal Museum of Contemporary Art

PROJECTS/ PUBLIC WORKS

Westchester/ Drollinger Properties/ Otis College- Original Hand Painted Mural/ 10,000 sq. ft., 2017

METRO- Art Education Residency w MOCA teens/ Digital Mural Installation, 2017

18th St Arts Center- Mural Installation, 2017

Los Angeles High School – Art Education Residency/ Mural Installation, 2015

Grand Park L.A. - Civic Engagement- July 4th Event, 2015

Dockweiler Beach- Mural Installation, 2012

Project Row House- Mural Installation for Andrea Bowers, 2011

Artist Restoration Team- Great Wall of L.A. - Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC-Judy Baca), 2011

RESIDENCIES

Ad Astra School (Elon Musks’ Experimental Project Based Learning Center), 2016-Present

Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 2016

McColl Center for Arts and Innovation, 2015

KIPP Charter Schools , 2013 

Los Angeles Unified School District, 2012

LECTURES

Topics include: Mobility & the Modernization of the L.A. infrastructure, Creative Place Making, Alternative Pedagogical Practices in Public Space, History of Los Angeles Murals and Graffiti Art, Art and Democracy in Education.


  • Getty Museum- Pacific Standard Time Series: “Place and Practice” Symposium

  • Occidental College

  • Antioch University

  • Otis College of Art and Design UCLA –Urban Geography

  • Westchester Rotary Club

  • Los Feliz Charter Schools- “Catalyst Series”

  • De Lab- “Making L.A.”

  • McColl Center for the Arts-Charlotte, N.C.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

Arts for Los Angeles

Otis Alumni Council

DCA Mural RFQ Committee Member

Grant Panelist - Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC)

Arts for All/ Pre-Qualified Art Educator- Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC)

Pre-Qualified Artist- Los Angeles County Arts Commission (LACAC)

CORE COMPETENCIES

Curriculum Development/ Project Based Collaborative Learning Models

Professional Educator

Academic Writing

Project Production

Project Management

Budget Management

Cross-Cultural Community Development

Community Input Strategies/ Public Messaging/ Civic Engagement

Large Format Mural Painting

Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Powerpoint

Web & Social Media: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook


Additional skills for public art wall installation:

  • Competent Fall Protection Certified

  • Society of Professional Rope Access Technician level 1 Certified

  • OSHA 30 construction Certified 

  • Aerial Lift Certified

LANGUAGE

Italian- Fluent

Spanish- Conversational