Teaches Painting levels 1 through 4 (ART 2410, ART 3410, ART 3420, ART 3421), Drawing 2 (ART 2320), Figure Drawing (ART 3320), Drawing III (ART 3310), Senior Thesis in Painting (ART 4410), Independent Studies in Painting (ART 3430, ART 3431), and Special Problems (ART 4960).
Benedict Oddi, originally from northwestern Pennsylvania, is a visual artist working primarily in paint and drawn media. Oddi has exhibited extensively, including museums and galleries in Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, the Bahamas, Pittsburgh, Boston, New York City, and participated in numerous other exhibitions located across the United States and Canada. His paintings and research have been recognized through curated exhibitions, research grants on historical painting processes, inclusion in publications regarding art and social commentary, journals on contemporary studio practice, and attendance to the prestigious Emma International Collaboration in Canada. Over the last few years, Oddi has researched escapism in art and literature. His MFA thesis dissertation entitled “Eternal Escape Unknown” focused on themes of character conflicts and struggle with a dystopic world. Continuing to build off similar concepts, two current ongoing bodies of work that he continues to create are entitled Scout Series and Nomad Series. Images can be viewed at www.benoddi.com
Oddi is currently Assistant Professor/Head of Painting at Tennessee Technological University, and has taught prior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and at C.D. Hylton Senior High School: Center for International Studies and Languages in Virginia as an instructor of art. His academic credentials include: summa cum laude Masters of Fine Art from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 2009, cum laude Bachelors of Fine Art from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2003, and holds Pennsylvania & Virginia state certifications teaching K-12 Art.