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Staff Spotlight: Josh Ippel

The Art Theory & Practice lab coordinator stays up "way past" his bedtime to pursue his own artistic pursuits

Staff member name: Josh Ippel

Title/Department: Lab coordinator for the Department of Art Theory & Practice and the Kresge/Crowe warden for Weinberg College

How long have you been working at Northwestern/Weinberg College, and in which departments and programs? I’ve worked for Art Theory & Practice for three and a half years and recently added the warden position.

Do you have a special interest/talent/hobby? I study and make art — painting, sculpture, performance.

How did you get started? I was obsessed with drawing muscle-bound comic book heroes when I was young. Thankfully this was followed by years of working with many wonderful teachers who exposed me to the infinite array of subjects and techniques explored by artists.

How do you devote time to this special interest/talent/hobby? Staying up way past my bedtime. The Onion article, “Find The Thing You're Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life,” rings particularly true. I’m also lucky to be surrounded by extremely talented faculty, students and staff, whose work continually inspires and challenges me.

What are your dreams and aspirations? Raising my two young boys to be intelligent, engaged and respectful citizens of the world.

Favorite Chicago and/or Evanston restaurant, location, activity? Smoque BBQ has been a fave for a few years now.

What is your expertise as it pertains to your job at Northwestern/Weinberg College? I regularly help students, faculty and staff solve a myriad of odd issues, or find materials and resources quickly. I am a textbook “jack of all trades” and frequently employ the “have you tried turning it off and on again?” approach to a problem.

If you have $5 and you’re at Walgreen’s, what do you buy? A double-shot espresso and a KitKat.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? My wife teaches art history, so someday after the boys are grown, I’d love to do a whirlwind tour of European art highlights, though lately I’ve been pining for a visit to the Rockies.

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