Faculty Spotlight: Stiegemeier, a Painter, Continues Tenure in Art & Art History Department

Assistant Professor of Art & Art History Austin Stiegemeier (Photo Allyson Frantz/The Gettysburgian)

Assistant Professor of Art & Art History Austin Stiegemeier (Photo Allyson Frantz/The Gettysburgian)

By Cam D’Amica, Features Editor

Austin Stiegemeier has joined the Art and Art History Department on a permanent basis in his new role as Assistant Professor of Painting. Originally from small town Rathdrum, Idaho, he received a BFA in painting and printmaking from Western Washington University and an MFA from Washington State University.

Stiegemeier was always interested in art as a child. As he grew older, he said that art became “a discipline that helped me to feel empowered. Now as a teacher of studio art I look at it in the same light, as a way of helping others to empower themselves through deeper understanding, personal reflection and self expression.”
Stiegemeier’s research explores “personal freedom and broader social conditions.” He examines those ideas through paintings, “like portraiture, still life, landscape and narrative, while I strive to let them be contemporarily problematic in their aesthetic, in materials and process used, and the content they present. I think about technology, globalization, capitalism and consumer culture a lot and how they affect our lives and the environments we are a part of.”

Last year, Stiegemeier was a visiting assistant professor at Gettysburg, and, from there, he began to seriously consider working at Gettysburg permanently. “I decided to stay on as a tenure track professor because of the rich supportive community,” he said, “and the college’s commitment to tangibly supporting my artistic research pursuits.”

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Author: Cameron D'Amica

Cameron (Cam) D'Amica '22 is the Features Editor for The Gettysburgian. She is an English major who hails from Milford, New Jersey. She is a member of the Women's Golf team and works for the Office of Residential and First-Year Programs as a Resident Assistant. Aside from her academic and extracurricular pursuits, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading.

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