Tory Tepp, a native of Wisconsin, received his undergraduate BFA in painting from Parson’s, the New School for Design in New York City with a minor in non-traditional art histories. While at Parson’s, Tory studied painting under Joan Snyder. In 2009, Tory earned his MFA in public practice as part of the inaugural class of Suzanne Lacy’s social practice program at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. After a temporary relocation to New Orleans, Tory assumed the role of the driver of a vintage armored car for Mel Chin’s Fundred Dollar Bill Project and proceeded on a 19,000 mile journey around the country. This led to the development of an itinerant art practice that has kept him on the road for the past three years, working from project to project in New Orleans, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and Death Valley, until the wheels finally came off here at the Atlantic center for the Arts.

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ACA Community Artist-in-Residence Fall 2012 Project Description

The community was invited to New Smyrna Beach High School on Wednesday, May 29 for the open house to view the completed living sculpture by Tory Tepp’s.

This unique project by Atlantic Center for the Arts’ first Community Artist-in-Residence, Tory Tepp has brought together students from several different curriculums throughout its development this school year.

With the help of art, special needs, agricultural, geography, and culinary students, Tory has successfully converted the high school’s fairly bleak courtyard into a beautiful living sculpture and inviting social space.

The sculpture has been created predominately of edibles, with a few earthwork spaces and berms formed of soil and sod for seating.  The center piece is a beautiful mosaic tile table, topped with a giant dragonfly Tory formed of steel.  The area has quickly become a favorite among students to sit, relax, interact and take refuge in a space they helped design and create.


Click below links to read articles on Tory’s residency featured in the Daytona Beach News Journal

Dragonfly sculpture completes ACA, NSBHS garden project
NEW SMYRNA BEACH – A dragonfly with a 10-foot wingspan became the final installation in a collaborative project between a visiting artist and students at New Smyrna Beach High School to create a more inviting social space in the school’s courtyard. The dragonfly was installed above the mosaic table placed earlier in the year, nestled in the berm which serves as a natural bench, and designed by students from art teacher Christine Colby’s class. Members of the Atlantic Center for the Arts were on hand to view the installation… Read more
Jun. 6, 2013

‘Stargazer Fair’ to grow into gathering space in New Smyrna Beach
NEW SMYRNA BEACH – Cooler than usual temperatures last weekend did not deter local residents and guests to the city to come out, view and enjoy an installation by Tory Tepp. The installation, “Stargazer Fair,” is a complex piece on a vacant lot on Sams Avenue at Julia Street, across from the New Smyrna Beach City Hall. The project features a 52-foot ship form that will serve as a public gathering space offering multiple levels of seating around a central space. The project initially proposed as a temporary piece, will now remain and continue to grow for the next two years… Read more
Dec. 27, 2012

ACA helps NSBHS students create ‘social’ courtyard
NEW SMYRNA BEACH – An artist and student teams are creating a more inviting social space in the courtyard at New Smyrna Beach High School. The project is representative of what is known as Art as Public Practice, Art as Social Practice or community-engaged art. It’s a collaborative effort between the school and the Atlantic Center for the Arts Community Artist in Residence Program. “I think it’s neat and it makes our school a lot better,” said Summer Linssens, a junior at NSBHS. Tory Tepp is the Community Artist in Residence and is working with the students on the project, which is cross curricular incorporating art, horticulture, special needs, geography and culinary arts… Read more
Dec. 20, 2012

‘Stargazer’ garden needs community support
NEW SMYRNA BEACH – In the midst of celebrating its 35-year commitment to the arts and community, Atlantic Center for the Arts in December welcomed Tory Tepp as its first Community Artist in Residence. Tepp then went on to create and install the installation, “Stargazer Fair.” The installation is a complex piece on a vacant lot on Sams Avenue at Julia Street, the project used sculpted earth, agriculture and community collaboration to transform a vacant lot into a public space for art and eco-literacy… Read more
Aug. 11, 2013

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