Stefanos Milkidis

Part-time Assistant Professor | Drawing & Painting
MFA, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
MA, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London
BA, Staffordshire University

Biographical Information
Originally from Thessaloniki, Greece, Stefanos Milkidis is an interdisciplinary scholar who is committed to exploring the interrelations between visual culture studies, American studies, and creative production. Working across different theoretical frameworks, he investigates the intricate co-productions of space and identity in urban and suburban environments. As an artist, he has produced visual forms of communication that emphasized the potential of art as critique and intervention, and exhibited in alternative, commercial, and not-for-profit art venues in Europe and the United States. With this artistic license he addresses current questions of gender and sexuality, identity politics and civil rights that are at the heart of many cultural, political, and liberation movements.

Teaching Philosophy
I view art education as a vehicle for empowerment and personal development. Drawing on my training, I have developed not only a set of skills for understanding, critiquing, and challenging society, but have also discovered my own voice and my ability to create change in the world around me. I credit much of my personal transformation to the professors who have challenged my way of thinking, who treated me as a valued member of the classroom community, and who introduced me to a world I had not previously known. These lessons have strongly influenced my own teaching philosophy, and the role I play in academia as an educator and mentor.

I believe in a flexible and interactive approach to teaching and learning. To provide an education that is unmistakably useful to my students' efforts to discover their own voice, I incorporate course materials that encourage them to become critical readers, thinkers, and makers. My goal is to help them grow by stimulating in them an intellectual interaction with academic texts, films, various visual resources, and/or museum visits. I believe this approach is imperative in order to consider art within its larger social, historical, and conceptual contexts. Ultimately, I want my students to walk away from my courses with tools that will help them to critically engage with the world around them and to discover their own goals and interests. I continuously strive to improve my pedagogy to mentally challenge students, to help them develop their own unique perspectives and thoughts, and to create a classroom environment of intellectual rigor where every voice is valued and respected.

Courses Taught:

  • American Identities, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • Art in Society, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • Two-Dimensional Design and Color Theory, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • Drawing II, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
  • Art History: Survey Egypt to Renaissance, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • Constructed Body, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • Public Space, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • Drawing I, Rutgers' The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Drawing II, Rutgers' The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Research Studio, University of Delaware, Newark, DE