Jesse William Standlea is an artist and educator based in Southern California. His artwork is show in the Los Angeles area and straddles the line between functional and conceptual art practices. He teaches three-dimensional art at St. Margaret’s in San Juan Capistrano where he is the current Visual Arts Department Chair. He holds a BFA with a concentration in Ceramics from Cal State Fullerton and an MFA with a concentration in Sculpture from Claremont Graduate University. At Claremont he was awarded the Helen B. Dooley Art Fellowship and worked for Roland Reiss as an artist assistant. He has worked in independent schools for over 12 years and taught college courses. As an advocate for the arts, he has participated in a variety of international exchanges, spoken at numerous events and on art panels, put on workshops and hosted benefits such as “Empty Bowls,” raising funds for the local food bank.