Who is Practice Practice?

Practice Practice is co-created by Isa Rodriguez and Dylan Cale Jones. Our work focuses on the intersections of art, creativity, and everyday life. We publish accessible resources for artists building balanced, sustainable creative practices. Practice Practice is funded in part by a Thrive Grant from the Oklahoma Visual Art Coalition and the Andy Warhol Foundation.

Portrait of Practice Practice. Two artists, Isa Rodriguez and Dylan Cale Jones, create a drawing together. Dylan is drawing a smooth, flowing line on Isa's face with a thick acrylic marker. The line starts at Isa's right temple, moves across their forehead, down the bridge of their nose, loops around their left cheek, flows under their bottom lip and ends at the point of their jaw.
Practice Practice Promo Image. Oklahoma, 2023. Photo by Cassandra Watson.

We met in 2010 at Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, where we paddled a canoe across the lagoon to swim in Lake Michigan under the moon.

Isa Rodriguez

The artist, Isa Rodriguez, stands in front of an apple tree in full bloom. The cloud of blossoms fills the space behind them. The sun shines warmly on the left side of their face and left shoulder.
Isa Rodriguez, Self Portrait with Apple Tree. Chicago, 2021.

Isa Rodriguez (b. 1989, Albuquerque) is a Queer, Latinx artist and designer. Their work presents everyday creativity as a technology for liberation.

Rodriguez received a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin. They completed an MFA through a fully funded fellowship from Algur H. Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX.

They have exhibited in galleries and museums locally and internationally, including the Visual Arts Center (Austin, TX), the Mexican American Cultural Center (Austin, TX), the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art (Gimpo, South Korea), and the Oklahoma Contemporary Art Center (Oklahoma City, OK). Past residencies include Ox-Bow (Saugatuck, MI) in 2010 and SOMA (Mexico City, Mexico) in 2015.

Between 2018 and 2022 Rodriguez published the Radical Drawing Newsletter, a free resource for drawing exercises. Their self-published Radical Drawing workbooks include Moon Drawing Magic and Draw Every Day This Week.

In 2021, Rodriguez moved to Oklahoma City. In 2023 they co-founded Practice Practice with Dylan Cale Jones. They teach at Studio School, at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, leading the popular “Creative Drawing” classes. Rodriguez will be a guest artist at the Eli Whitney Museum in July 2024.

Visit their website: isa-be.studio

Dylan Cale Jones

The artist, Dylan Cale Jones, stands, laughing, in front of a brick wall. In their left hand, they hold a fresh bunch of full, pink peonies. In their right hand they hold an angry cat. The cat hisses and swipes at the photographer.
Dylan Cale Jones, Portrait with Seaweed the Cat. Oklahoma, 2022. Photo by Isa Rodriguez.

Dylan Cale Jones (b. 1988, Chicago) is an artist and educator living in Oklahoma City. Dylan’s practice focuses on building thoughtful relationships with material and community.

Dylan completed a BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in 2011. In 2015 they earned an MFA through a fully funded fellowship at the Algur H. Meadows School of the Arts in Dallas, TX.

From 2013-2021 they co-managed SAIC’s Sharp Instructional Shops where they taught woodworking, sewing, moldmaking and digital fabrication to undergraduate students.

Their work has been shown in Chicago at the Chicago Cultural Center, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, and the Mission; and in Dallas, Texas at Galleri Urbane. Dylan was a resident at SOMA in Mexico City, Mexico in 2015.

In 2018 Dylan was an artist in residence at Compound Yellow in Oak Park, IL. During their residency they exhibited Observation Devices, a project about local police surveillance. They also programmed free film screenings and community workshops. These workshops encouraged community members to engage critically with public space and included contributions from 6 local artists.

Dylan teaches at University of Oklahoma. Dylan was selected as a guest artist at the Eli Whitney Museum, where they will teach a skateboard-making workshop in July 2024.

Visit their website: dylancalejones.com

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