Faculty, MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts
Residency Site: Plainfield VT

Email
peter.hocking@goddard.edu

Biography

Pete Hocking is a visual artist and writer based in Providence, RI & Provincetown, MA. His work is concerned with personal narrative, poetics, and political consciousness. Previously he was director of RI School of Design’s Office of Public Engagement, and Associate Dean of the College and Director of the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University. At the Swearer Center, he developed university-community partnerships, leadership education, undergraduate research opportunities, social entrepreneurship, and integrated community-learning with academic study. His theoretical preoccupations include Progressive Education and arts pedagogy; American Studies; Queer Theory; ecology and sustainable systems; the public engagement of artists; and documentary practice.

Education

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College
BFA in Illustration, Rhode Island School of Art and Design

Areas of Expertise

painting, literary non-fiction, queer theory, sustainability, progressive education, service-learning, social entrepreneurship, American Studies

Personal Statement

As a teacher, I am committed to the intrinsic dignity and value of each of us as learners. I believe that we rarely acknowledge and embrace what we truly know. We are taught not to value what we know; instead being directed to trust on facts, figures and experts who tell us that they know more. The process through which we come to understand ourselves as theoreticians, meaning makers, and actors-in-the-world is sacred to me. I am committed to understanding how we “own” knowledge, and believe the arts to be a critical means through which we can articulate and convey our knowledge to others. I believe that artists hold a special trust in our culture as makers of critical meaning, as translators of ideas, as theoreticians, and as seers.

My theoretical preoccupations include Progressive Education and arts pedagogy; the American Transcendentalists and American intellectual history; Queer Theory and LGBTQ history; Phenomenology; ecology and sustainable systems; the public engagement of artists; and documentary practice. As an adoptee, I am interested in adoption rights and the effects of trauma on identity formation.  I primarily work as a visual artist and writer. I love comic books.