2000 M.F.A. Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design
1989 B.F.A. Painting, Minneapolis College of Art and Design
1987 preparation for B.F.A., University of Minnesota
1985-1986 B.F.A, studies at San Francisco Art Institute
Teaching Experience: 2001-present- University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, College of Visual Arts
Sean Connaughty is a multi-media artist who lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. He currently is a professor of art at The University of Minnesota, where he has taught painting and drawing since 2000. Recently Mr. Connaughty has shown his work in Germany, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, New York City and Minneapolis. Recently he served as a jury member for the Omani Fine Art Society, in Muscat, Oman by invitation of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said. He has also served as a juror for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs "Assafeer Art Competition" an exhibition of Saudi Artists in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Sean Connaughty received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his Masters of Fine Arts Degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design.
My work incorporates the artistic potential of the environment around me, natural and urban. I utilize a variety of media; interpreting, documenting, and transforming my immediate world. I am creating a contiguous series of improvisations. These works stem from a deep connection with the natural world, a love of science fiction and hopes for the future of humankind and nature. These experimental objects are reflections on human involvement with the natural world and allude to our history and our future.
A statement about my current sculptural works: These objects are harbingers of dramatic changes that are rapidly approaching humanity. These futuristic, techno- primitive works stem from a deep connection with the natural world and an interest in the future, discovering afresh the principles of the physical world from the vantage of an artistic and improvisational mindset. Science, physics and ecology are understood through experimentation and imagination. These biosphere floats began as simple inverted jars underwater capturing air pockets, housing living plants and soil. Over a 3 year period, these underwater biosphere floats have increased in scale and complexity, incorporating technology and increased knowledge of ecosystems and their requirements. It has currently culminated in a human scale biosphere float that is 7 feet in diameter. Each new work builds upon the knowledge gleaned from the preceding. The trajectory of future works are unknown except in a Jungian faith in the greater intelligence of the collective unconscious and its tendency toward culmination.
As a big reader of science fiction I am immersed in thoughts about our future. Consider the implications of the biosphere float, it can be a space to preserve parts of our ecosystems, it can be a site for agriculture, or a habitation for humans. Some day we may live in such structures on a larger scale.