Shockoe Artspeak

A Conversation with Garreth Blackwell

On this episode, we speak with Shockoe Artspace’s Design and Communications Director, Dr. Garreth Blackwell. Blackwell teaches in the Virginia Commonwealth School of the Arts Center for the Creative Economy (CCE) where his courses focus on professional practice and entrepreneurship. The CCE is an interdisciplinary unit within VCUarts that focuses on modes of thinking, innovation, and the intersection of art and business. Blackwell holds a B.A. (ā€™05) and M.A. (ā€™07) from the University of Mississippi and a Ph.D. in Media, Art and Text from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has also studied at the School of Visual Arts and was awarded a research fellowship to the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Blackwell is a graphic designer and has owned a design firm for the last 12 years, working with clients on three continents and across multiple industries. He has served extensively on non-profit design boards and regularly volunteers as a professional mentor for design students through Storefront for Community Design.