Jesse William Standlea was born in California; in 1980, at San Antonio Hospital, the same hospital his father, grandmother and daughter were born. He is an artist, educator and advocate of the arts. His artwork straddles the line between functional and conceptual art practices. His work is regularly shown in Los Angeles and he is a member of Durden and Ray Fine Art located in downtown Los Angeles, CA. 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 Installation Art 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 10 years and taught at the college level. As an advocate for the arts, he has spoken at numerous events and on art panels, put on workshops and hosted benefits such as “Empty Bowls,” raising funds for a local food bank and gardening outreach program.