Ry McCullough is an artist and educator, working in Tampa, Florida. He earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he concentrated in the areas of printmaking and sculpture. Upon completion of his undergraduate work he served as the Director of Sculptural Studies as well as teaching printmaking at Stivers School for the Arts. McCullough received his MFA in Printmaking and Book Arts from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. He currently is serving the Department of Art + Design as an Assistant Professor of Art at the University of Tampa. McCullough has exhibited nationally, internationally and is the founder of the Standard Action Press Collaborative Zine Project.
I see the residue and remnants of culture everywhere. It presses against, bumps into and piles up onto itself, over and over again. The history of humankind can never be experienced or expressed in isolation. I find the continual remixing of cultural material to be full of compelling contradictions, overlapping accidents and layered poetic meaning. It is a supple network from which I respond with a sense of play and improvisation in my studio activities. My background is in printmaking and book arts; a lens of tradition by which I can explore and discover how I can be an active participant in the contemporary dialogue of a medium that has been propelled by technological discovery and application. I believe printed forms to be our link to the stories of the past and understanding their mutability as they enter unintended collisions with other forms and context. It is in this spirit that I deploy content using print, paper and objects both found and fabricated.