Art, Craft & Design
Foundation Hall 312B
Drew Sisk is a graphic designer and artist making web-based work, installation, and print media. Blurring the lines between fine art and graphic design, his research explores the conjunction of media, politics, and technology. He maintains an active design studio practice, supporting clients in publishing, higher education, the arts, and nonprofit organizations. Drew earned his MFA in Design/Visual Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018 and his BA in Studio Art and Asian Studies at Furman University in 2010. Before joining the faculty at Tennessee Tech, Drew lived in Chapel Hill/Durham, NC, where he was a book designer at Duke University Press and, prior to graduate school, in Atlanta, where he was Associate Creative Director at EM2, a brand design firm.
Design work has garnered recognition from Print magazine, the Association of University Presses, and the University & College Designers Association.
Recent design clients include the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, Black Chalk & Co.(Richmond and Harare, Zimbabwe), Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center (Buffalo, NY), Good Thinking Atlanta, Central Outreach & Advocacy Center (Atlanta), Remix (Atlanta), Georgia Aquarium, YMCA, Housing Virginia, UNC-Chapel Hill, VCU School of the Arts, Furman University Athletics Department, Clemson University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and Oglethorpe University. Individual artist clients include Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Noah Simblist, and Corin Hewitt.
Recent artwork exhibited in group exhibitions and screenings, including the Small File Media Festival at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada (2020); Video Snack 7 at the Grace Street Theater in Richmond, VA (2019); Ficciones Typografika in Minneapolis, MN (2017); and AIGA Poster/Mixtape Show in Atlanta, GA (2016).
Maintains an active writing practice, with work recently published as part of ÉCRAN TOTAL, an exhibition at the Université du Québec à Montréal (2021); and Feeels magazine (2021)
Exhibited work at art book fairs nationally, including the Boston Art Book Fair, Odds and Ends Art Book Fair at Yale University Art Gallery, the Greensboro Zine Fest (NC), and Supergraphic Printed Matter Fest (Durham, NC). Self-initiated publications and artist’s books are included in collections at the Yale University Hass Arts Library Special Collections, Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Claire T. Carney Library at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Recently served as an external critic for MFA thesis presentations at Boston University (2021); served as an external portfolio reviewer and led a risograph workshop for the BFA design program at Appalachian State University (2019); co-lead a workshop and interactive installation at the Tasmeem conference in Doha, Qatar (2017).
Along with Sally Ann McKinsey, co-founded Utilities Included, a small exhibition space and publishing initiative that originally started in their apartment in Chapel Hill, NC before moving to Cookeville.