Niki Logis

Associate Professor (Proportional-Time)

Niki Logis became the first female instructor in sculpture in the School of Art in 1969 and currently teaches Sculpture and 3DD. Her primary material is structural steel from design to fabrication. She has done site-specific commissions in New York and Ohio, such as her perceptually disorienting and darkly witty Belvedere Colonnade, situated in an Ohio cemetery. Logis also makes drawings lately in conté crayon and makes periodic trips to Scotland to draw from the landscape. Her drawings of rocks and clouds are reinforced by a genre of Chinese painting, translated as "rock prospects."
Logis led a presidential seminar at Cooper Union in 1990, titled "Cursing in Class, or How to Teach Advanced Sculpture Students," in which she articulated her teaching philosophy as an obligation to art as well as to young artists: "As the work gets clearer, better defined (and it always does), the critical issues get tougher and more complex. Now you have to deal with what students are actually saying and the level they have taken it to. Some things have definitely changed in ten years, but not the problems of critical discourse. So every Wednesday night, I take a fresh pack of litmus paper into Room 414 and hope it turns blue."

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