Over the course of the school year, we will get to know some of the students and staff at Lake Forest College. Meet Eli Robb, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History
How long have you been at Lake Forest College? How did you end up there?
I have been at Lake Forest College for almost 9 years. I was in a video art exhibition in the Sonnenschein Gallery in 2003, and after my gallery talk, I was asked to interview for a part-time teaching position. I got that position, to teach sculpture and performance art in 2004, and the following year I was hired for a tenure-track position.
What is your academic area of focus and what makes it interesting?
What makes my academic area interesting is its range. In my own work and in my teaching I use sculpture, video, performance, design, and lots of research and planning to approach interesting themes and topics in artistic and thought-provoking ways.
What do you like best about working at Lake Forest College?
I really enjoy getting to work so closely with students, in small classes, and in the independent courses of study, including senior theses, for which I often serve as advisor or committee member. I also really enjoy working with such a great group of faculty—I am constantly inspired by my colleagues' abilities and efforts.
What is your favorite Lake Forest College experience or memory?
The experience of seeing students graduate and move on to graduate school or fulfilling careers, after having worked with them closely. This experience is especially meaningful when I see a successful class of students who I taught in First-Year Studies seminar four years earlier, as was the case this past year.
Where is your favorite place on Lake Forest College's campus?
The Durand Art Institute atrium is beautiful—sometimes it can be peaceful and spacious, and at other times loud and bustling—I always feel lucky to work there.
What advice would you give someone who is considering Lake Forest College to continue their education?
Take advantage of the small class size and faculty academic advising by asking as many questions as possible, in order to best tailor your education to your own particular interests and goals.