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Debbie Kupinsky
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Debbie Kupinsky

Associate Professor of Art

Debbie Kupinsky is an associate professor of art who oversees the 3D areas of the art discipline, and teaches in art foundations and art history at St. Norbert College. Her background is in ceramic materials and sculptural approaches. Kupinsky’s creative practice explores how objects and images come together and construct meaning. She investigates themes of memory, relationships and the intersection of the natural and manmade world.

Kupinsky’s teaching emphasizes exploration with materials and processes, as well as inquiry into contemporary artists and conceptual motivations. She is interested in helping students find their artistic voice and expand their ideas conceptually.

Her sculptural work uses a variety of materials such as clay, wax, wood, cloth, found objects and drawing. She creates both individual pieces and wall and floor installations that seek to give viewers an immersive experience. Kupinsky maintains a studio in Appleton and shows her work regularly at Abel Contemporary Gallery in Stoughton, Wis.

  • ART 131 Introduction to studio art
  • ART 134 Introduction to drawing
  • ART 224 Beginning sculpture
  • ART 225 Beginning ceramics
  • ART 310 Global art history
  • ART 324 Intermediate sculpture
  • ART 337 Winter in Rome
  • ART 351 Ceramic studio
  • ART 425 Topics in clay
  • ART 424 Advanced sculpture
  • ART 480 Advanced studio
  • HNRS 389 Museum as classroom

  • B.A. – Syracuse University (English)
  • B.F.A. – Kansas City Art Institute (Ceramics)
  • M.F.A. – Louisiana State University (Studio art)

  • Sculpture
  • Art installation
  • Wood
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing

Solo and two-person exhibitions:
2023 – “Topographies”, Abel Contemporary Gallery, Stoughton, WI
2021 – “Somewhere” Annex Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, WI
2020 – “Objects in Flux” Inez Greenberg Gallery, Bloomington Art Center, Bloomington, MN
2019 – “Pod” with Craig Clifford, James May Gallery, Algoma, WI
2018 – “Memory Object”, Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, WI “Memory Object”, Derryberry Gallery, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN
2017 – “Reclamation”, UW Parkside, Fine Arts Gallery, Kenosha, WI
2016 – “Dreamscapes”, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI “Recollection”, James Watrous Gallery, Wisconsin Academy, Madison, WI “Terrain”, St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI “New Works” James May Gallery, Algoma, WI

Art residencies:
Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT
Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts
The Appalachian Center for Crafts in Smithville, Tenn.
Arts in Industry program at Kohler in Sheboygan, Wis.

Permanent collections:
Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, Calif.
The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont.
John Michael Kohler Art Center