Artist, Curator, Professor and Forager are only some of the hats worn by Todd Maggio. Todd teaches graphic design in the School of Design at Louisiana Tech University. His specific areas of interest are screen-printing, typography, and design entrepreneurship.
He began his career in the Office of Public Relations at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. After moving up to the A&M System Headquarters where his passion for higher education and public service grew, and spending six years on the public relations side of higher ed, he decided to pursue an MFA at the University of Washington-Seattle and dedicate his career to teaching and research. While at the UW, Todd made several friends in the tech industry at a time when startups were launching at fever pitch. He collaborated on several projects and quickly found success with TrafficGauge®, the nation's first mobile traffic maps.
The experience of nurturing a startup from infancy and developing a total brand, product and all, sparked an intense interest in design as an entrepreneurial endeavor. Upon graduation Todd accepted a teaching position in his home state of Louisiana where he is once again advancing the cause of higher education. In 2017 Todd joined the Ruston Artisans family as Creative Director where he helps to promote local art and artists, manages all exhibition graphic design, consults, and curates all exhibitions.
Ruston Artisans is a fine art gallery, gift boutique, co-op and event venue located in historic downtown Ruston, LA. We specialize in assisting the first-time, seasoned and corporate art collector in connecting with the that special piece that brings enjoyment and enhancement to a home or business. We also bring art and people together for engagement, discovery, learning and opportunity.
We are committed to creating a place where local, as well as international, art is exhibited and sold and local artists are promoted and supported through exhibitions and programs that strengthen and sustain our community. We provide consulting services to artists, private and corporate collectors, as well as the first time art buyer. Our event venue offers the opportunity to experience and celebrate all of the arts including: culinary, entertaining, fashion, film, literature, media, music, and performance.
Artists are invited to submit art for exhibition, rent exhibition space or rent studio space. The community is invited to explore the arts, discover something new, rent studio space and open a window to new experiences.
Ruston Artisans specializes in assisting the first-time, seasoned and corporate art collector in connecting you with the right artist and that special piece that brings enjoyment to you and enhancement to your home or business.