Jason Sobottka is a professional artist and arts educator. He lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife and fellow artist Jane Sobottka. His current body of work is called Symbiotic Mutualism, which is a colorful, humor-filled exploration of animals adapting to an anthropogenic environment.
Jason earned his Masters of Fine Art degree in visual art from the University of Minnesota and his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Montana. He also holds an Associates Degree from Grays Harbor College.
He is Lake Washington Institute of Technology’s first tenured visual arts and humanities instructor and built the art department. In addition to the arts and humanities, Jason teaches and designs curriculum for LWIT’s Applied Design baccalaureate program. Jason was awarded the Winter 2012 Faculty Excellence Award.
Prior to LWIT, Jason taught drawing, painting and design at Green River Community College and drawing and printmaking at the University of Minnesota. He was part of the Education Department of the Tacoma Art Museum, where he designed the award-wining art-making gallery: The Open Art Studio. Jason was also recently an artist-mentor for the Puget Sound Education Service District’s Arts Impact teacher training program, where he participated in a research project integrating the visual arts with middle-school math curriculum.