John Sappington

I am an artist and an educator working primarily in photography and digital media.

My interests revolve around human cultural activities, social and historical sign systems, digital and analogue technologies, emerging media techniques and artistic practices. My portfolio is concentrated on ideas of  place or the landscape more generally, the evidenciary events and constructions of socio-cultural   practices and the historical overlap of contemporary cultural artifacts and art gestures upon natural and manmade landscapes and social locations I encounter in my life and travels. All of that insprires me. I love the mix and mashup of contemporary social and visual art practices.     The majority of my projects have a conceptual reference to photographic history and social theory.

Based in N. California, I teach Secondary and College level Photography and Art. I hold a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute - both in photography. I have a California single subject credential in art and a CTE credential in Art, Communications and Media. <- email here <-- here <--- or here.


Curriculum Vitae 2020

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PERSONAL Portfolio

DRONE works

Working Journal rev. 2021

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“I wish I could say that racism and prejudice were only distant memories. We must dissent from the indifference. We must dissent from the apathy. We must dissent from the fear, the hatred and the mistrust…We must dissent because America can do better, because America has no choice but to do better.”
- Thurgood Marshall

We must join together and immediately take action to actively eradicate structures of white supremacy and simultaneously take action against anti-environmentally responsible policies and behaviors in our culture before we destroy ourselves and all other life forms of our planet!

“In a racist society, it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist.”
- Angela Davis

In my classes, I vow to always teach from an actively anti-sexist,  anti-racist, anti-exclusionary perspective. My students will be exposed and indoctrinated to a globally multi-cultural, racially and fully gender inclusive perspective in all course work with particular emphasis upon an inclusive revision to history, history of the arts and photography. Inclusion and equity will be an overarching theme. The specific focus in all of my coursework is  the development of each students individual artistic discipline and creative practice.

Art and Artists have always been political and activistic.

As Artist Producers we define and redefine the culture and the culture must be change(d).

“An artist and an activist are not so far apart.”

— Ava DuVernay,



ARTQUEST Photography

Welcome Syllabus - 2021-22

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19-20 Beginning

19-20 Intermediate / Advanced



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Beginning Photography - Art 19

Beginning Digital Photography Online - Art 82



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