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Stacy Dukes

What exact class(es) did you teach?

  • Associate Professor, Design Department
  • Beginning and advanced classes in Design Department.  

What years did you work at CSULB? How did you end up teaching at CSULB?

1964 to 1986; sought the position for another life’s chapter.

Could you describe your experience at CSULB?

The teaching experience and creative interaction with students became an important element in my own thinking process.

What were some of your most memorable moments at CSULB?

Mostly the small moments I had with students as they achieved a breakthrough for themselves.

What are you doing today?

Running my own design studio.  Current clientele includes City of Manhattan Beach, BMW Auto Group, Long Beach Museum of Art, and Cal State University Fullerton.

What would be one word to desribe the campus environment/community during your time?

Cultural growth.

Most memorable event or time here at CSULB

I found students that were in my opinion ‘slipping through the cracks’ and decided to mentor them and offer them a chance to work part time for me. As we began to work on more projects, I found the students were able to develop not only as an artist but also as a confident, young individual. It’s the little victories that you have with a student where they accomplish things they never thought they were capable of, that has made the biggest impact on my career. The best thing you can do as a teacher is to open up doors for your students and hope that with your guidance they are able to achieve amazing things in their life.

What are you doing today?

For the past 30 years I have owned a studio in Santa Ana and continue to manage projects, meet with new clientele, and develop my own concepts for individual pieces I am working on. One of the things I love about having a creative space is it allows me to come up with new techniques and ideas that I can then implement into my latest art pieces.

I continue to do consulting work for many international firms which include the city of Manhattan Beach, CSU Fullerton, The Long Beach museum of Art, and BMW.