Gina Kim Krause

Never stop finding sources of inspiration. Don't let obstacles get in the way of achieving your goals. Gina Krause , General Education Instructor , The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University
Was there a defining moment when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

That moment came in my second year of graduate school, when I was a teaching assistant responsible for my own class. It was a challenge, but I grew as a professional as I found ways to connect the course material to relevant, real-world examples.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience?

Every student will face obstacles that require creative solutions, so I do my best to make the classroom experience a microcosm of what they’ll experience in their careers.

What class assignment exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring?

That’s the "My Society” project. Students create their own environment and social institutions in a world of their own imagination. The assignment draws on their respective majors for inspiration, while incorporating sociological theories. I try to inspire each student to push themselves by showing them that the only limits they have are the ones they’ve created for themselves.

What’s the most important thing you impart to students to help them succeed in class and the real world?

The single most important thing I pass along to my students is to always embrace feedback, because there’s always room for improvement.

What’s the most critical advice you would offer any student embarking on a creative career?

Never stop finding sources of inspiration. Don’t let obstacles get in the way of achieving your goals.