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Faculty, Department Chair, Director of Galleries

Instructor Brake, Karl


I began working at RCC in 2007, and am currently department Chair and Director of the Art Galleries. I teach a range of classes in 2D art, art history, and sculpture, and recently began working in the 3D modelling program ZBrush as part of the sculpture curriculum. In addition my teaching, I enjoy creating and organizing special projects, in topics such as tattoo art, artists’ portraits, and student project such as murals and collaborative work. Primarily working in painting and drawing, I also explore a breadth of media, including installation, printmaking, collage, murals, and worked for 15 years as a professional scenic artist and designer.

Education: AA, College of Southern Idaho; BFA, Boise State University, Graduate Study in Painting with Will Insley and Lucio Pozzi at the School of Visual Arts in New York; MFA in Drawing and Painting, Utah State University.

Teaching Experience: Boise State University; Utah State University; Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh; Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama; University of Wyoming; Eastern Wyoming College; Rogue Community College
Selected Grants and Awards: Graduate Scholarship, School of Visual Arts; Vice-President’s Fellowship for Creative Research, Utah State University; Idaho Commission on the Arts, Artist’s Individual Fellowship; Juror’s Award, Boise Museum of Art Biennial; Honor Student Teacher’s Award, CCAC Pittsburgh; Berkman Faculty Development Grant, Carnegie Mellon; Faculty Senate Award of Distinction in Innovation, RCC; Best of Show, Southern Oregon Art Show

Selected Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions: Herrett Museum for Arts and Sciences, College of Southern Idaho, Harper-Howell Gallery, Grants Pass, OR; Firehouse Gallery, Grants Pass, OR; Eastern Wyoming College; Chadron State University, Nebraska; Pittsburgh Center for the Arts; Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Gallery; LaFond Galleries, Pittsburgh; Chase Center for the Arts, Annapolis Maryland; Saint Xavier College, Chicago; Northern Kentucky University; Viterbo College, Wisconsin

Selected Scenic Designs: The Merchant of Venice, RCC; Book of Days, University of Wyoming; The Marriage of Figaro, CMU School of Drama; Watching my Hair Grow, Boston Performing Arts Center; Grand Hotel, Kennedy Center, Washington, DC; The Imaginary Invalid, Point Park College Conservatory, Pittsburgh; Children of Eden, CCAC South Campus, West Mifflin, PA; The Wiz, Island Center for the Arts, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Degrees Earned

  • College of Southern Idaho, AA
  • Boise State University, BFA
  • School of Visual Arts, Graduate Study
  • Utah State University, MFA