Danielle Foushee

Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1605
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1605
Asst Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1605

Biography

Danielle Foushée is Assistant Professor of Design at Arizona State University. Her research, teaching, and practice live at the praxis between communication design, urban environments, and community engagement. She studies visual-rhetorical expressions in public spaces and the resulting dialectics between design <—> culture. Her work is unified by an ethos of Radical Public Service. She founded and directs Phoenix Mural Project to document the city’s street art culture, enhance its vitality, and expand public support for design and the arts in public places. She is also a member of the Phoenix Arts & Culture Commission.

Education

  • M.F.A. Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • M.F.A. Visual Studies, Pacific Northwest College of Art

Research Interests

Public Art " Place-Making [Place-Keeping] " Design for Public/Community Engagement
Social Design " Participatory Design Processes " Design Thinking " Strategic Design 

My research concentrates on visual-rhetorical expressions in public environments (primarily associated with public art), the dialectics among assorted visual interventions in those places, and the resulting (un)intended stories and truths revealed about people and their places.

Publications

"Still Life with Rhetoric: A New Materialist Approach for Visual Rhetorics." Design and Culture, no. 9 (2017): 353-355.

"Public Art Brings You Home: Using Public Art to Build a Strong Sense of Place," The International Journal of Design in Society, no. 2 (2018): 1-11.

Research Activity

Subversive Creativity Lab

Subversive Creativity Lab is a design and arts workshop dedicated to the study and creation of alternative, non-conformist, and counter-hegemonic visual and material interventions in the public sphere. Lab contributors are tied together by an ethos of Radical Public Service. We study visual-rhetorical expressions in public spaces and the resulting dialectics between arts <—> culture. Our work lives at the praxis between communication design, urban environments, and community engagement. Arizona ranks 46th in the nation for child well-being. Recent statistics show that the state’s residents were more likely than average to live in poverty and only a third had earned a college degree. To address these and other social justice issues, our goals include:

  1. generate scenarios that give voice to those traditionally silenced;
  2. provide resources and asset-based frameworks by which communities can author their own creative solutions;
  3. facilitate ethical community engagement exchanges using arts and design methodologies;
  4. capture and celebrate the cacophony of visual expressions made by citizens in their own communities;
  5. design stand-alone artifacts for public places;
  6. explore opportunities to train future arts and culture professionals for socially impactful careers;
  7. decolonize design education through participatory design practices in social, cultural, and community contexts.

Phoenix Mural Project

Phoenix Mural Project started as a digital archive of the city’s ephemeral world of muralism—see lots of images, plus more than 500 points on our map at phxmuralproject.org. While Phoenix has had an active mural-painting scene for many years, it hasn’t been well-documented or studied. Indeed, outside Arizona, Phoenix often goes unnoticed as a hub of arts + culture. Due to this isolation, local artists created a visual style different from other “art cities.” The project’s multi-faceted nature offers many avenues for audience engagement—website, maps, images, interviews, documentary film, exhibition, tours, and public interaction with artists. This is a resource for residents, visitors, scholars. It preserves art, collects stories, and celebrates grass-roots street art culture, and improves the national and international visibility of Phoenix as a world-class creative city.

Public Art Road Trip [MOWART] (field notes)

I traveled over 12,000 miles to conduct a survey of art in public places throughout the Western United States. The goal was to observe as much as possible in a wide variety of locations from urban to suburban to rural, and identify themes across categories that emerged as the investigation evolved. These are some questions that arose from this process:

  1. What is the relationship between public art and the community’s values? Who/what is celebrated and why, and in what ways?
  2. What kinds of public art are most successful? What are good metrics for assessing the success of a particular work or a whole program? How do we decide what is successful, anyway?
  3. How do cities view their own public art collections? Why are they collecting art in the first place? How do they promote them (mostly they don’t)? How can they make it easier for the public to engage in their collections? Why are the vast majority of cities doing such a poor job of making their collections accessible to the public?
  4. How can public art be useful in providing citizens with a conduit to nature? Assuming the concept of biophilia is accurate (lots of evidence shows it is), then can public art help get people outdoors and improve health, happiness, and everyday quality of life?
  5. What is the role of landscape, land-use policy, environmental design, and public art in place-making and community belonging?

Courses

Fall 2020
Course Number Course Title
GRA 345 Design Rhetoric
GRA 499 Individualized Instruction
GRA 521 Adv Vis Com Des Studio I
GRA 561 Methods in Visual Comm I
DSC 599 Thesis
Spring 2020
Course Number Course Title
GRA 345 Design Rhetoric
IND 494 Special Topics
GRA 494 Special Topics
ENT 494 Special Topics
SOS 498 Pro-Seminar
GRA 562 Methods in Visual Comm II
DSC 592 Research
Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
GRA 345 Design Rhetoric
GRA 521 Adv Vis Com Des Studio I
GRA 561 Methods in Visual Comm I
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
GRA 424 Advanced Media
GRA 494 Special Topics
GRA 499 Individualized Instruction
HDA 522 Media Literacy, Distribution
GRA 562 Methods in Visual Comm II
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
GRA 494 Special Topics
GRA 561 Methods in Visual Comm I
GRA 598 Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
HDA 310 Socially Engaged Practice
GRA 562 Methods in Visual Comm II
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
GRA 598 Special Topics
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
GRA 522 Adv Vis Com Des Studio II
GRA 562 Methods in Visual Comm II
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
GRA 521 Adv Vis Com Des Studio I

Honors/Awards

2018

2017

  • Arizona Commission on the Arts  Research & Development Grant
  • InFlux Arizona + City of Tempe, AZ  Public Art Installation, Tempe Beach Park

Professional Associations

American Institute of Graphic Artists, College Art Association

Service

Phoenix Arts & Culture Commissioner

Work History

PUBLIC ART PROJECTS

2017

  • InFlux Arizona + City of Tempe, AZ  "Invitation" / Tempe Beach Park

2016

  • Bellwether 2016: Confluence + City of Bellevue, WA  "Delight in Green" / Downtown Bellevue

2015

  • Heaven & Earth VII: Propagation  "The Wave" / Carkeek Park, Seattle, WA
  • Storefronts Seattle + Amazon Headquarters  "Surveying the City" / South Lake Union, Seattle, WA