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Department ofArt and Art History

Ryan Carrington

Ryan Carrington

Senior Lecturer

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Educational Background

M.F.A., San Jose State University
B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison


My work addresses the shift in public perspective towards the culturally defined roles of blue and white-collar workers in the United States.  It bridges issues of labor, class, work ethic and economics with my personal and family history.  Within my studio practice I delve deep into processes that parallel the monotony and tedium that laborers endure.  By using construction materials directly off the shelf from Home Depot, pieces of uniforms that represent America’s workforce, and performing acts of labor while dressed as a CEO, I invite a discussion about the ever-changing class struggle in the United States.  My intent is to provide a conduit for empathy between our stratified society by inspiring dialogue across communities of people that represent the corners of our culture, history and socio-economic status.

  • ARTS 33 Three-Dimensional Design
  • ARTS 64 Basic Sculpture
  • ARTS 66 Site-Specific Art
  • ARTS 100 Studio Art Seminar
  • ARTS 164 Intermediate Sculpture
  • ARTS 166 Advance Sculpture
  • ARTS 196 Capstone Senior Exhibit

August 19, 2022

Ryan Carrington discusses art, craft, and design through the lens of his exhibition "Recontextualized: Craft and Concept" at Art Ventures Gallery.

June 15, 2021

Ryan Carrington's solo exhibition, “Contradictions,” explores the meaning of the Stars and Stripes by creating the familiar flag out of unusual materials — painters pants, neckties and even lab coats and hospital scrubs.

August 3, 2019

Ryan Carrington and the students in his “Site Specific Art: Landscapes” course were mentioned in The Daily Journal for working with landscape architect W. Gary Smith to create installations included in the Filoli exhibition.