Michael Dika

Artist / Educator

A creative and enthusiastic person poised to improve the quality of life through art

Education

University of Delaware, Newark Delaware

Masters of Fine Art (MFA)

2019- Present

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi- Ghana

B.A Industrial Art

Ceramic- Major

Publications

  • Minori Thorpe & Michael Dela Dika “Raku Waterproof Vase” Mansfield ceramics (Dec,2020). In Review
  • Dika, M. D. & Agyei, E. O. (2018). Museum Engagement in Ghana. Cross-Currents: An International Peer-Reviewed Journal on Humanities & Social Sciences, 4(6), Pp 139-145 |link|
  • Agyei, E.O, Dika, M. D., Donkor, K. & Howard, E. K. (2019) “Facial Expression in Conceptual Ceramic Art” Journal of Science and Technology-Ghana (In Review).
  • Gbologah, L.,Hou, Y., Gaveh,E.A., Dika, M. D. & kwakwukume, P.S., (2019).”Sustainable ceramic hive for beekeeping in West Africa: structural design and materials aspects for mass production”

Professional Experience

Instructor – GTA

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. 2019- Present

• Developed new core ceramics syllabi for in-person and online class (Hybrid Class)
• Taught, graded, and conducted demos for about 20 undergraduates in core ceramics which include studio labs and
3D works.
• Taught and graded 15 undergraduate students in Unconventional Sculpture Decorations.

Studio Assistant

University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware. 2019- Present

  • Monitored over 20 students, ensured safety protocols and assisted with the use of sculpture equipment’s in the studio
  • Offloaded studio materials from truck using forklift and prepared glaze materials for students
  • Unpacked, sorted, and restocked 50lb bags of clay and glaze materials in the studio

Visual Art Teacher Part-Time. (Dec 2018 – July 2019)

Infant Jesus Christi Lumen School, Kumasi, Ghana.

  •  Taught and graded over 60 students in Visual art
  •  Developed a classroom practical program and a two-year community art program for the visual art department

Research/Teaching Assistant (Sept. 2017 – Aug. 2018)

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology- TCC, Kumasi, Ghana.

  •  Assisted Lecturers with research work and publications
  •  Guided and assist undergraduates with course tutorials, projects and practical clay works
  •  Graded and recorded student’s assignments and test scripts

Intern – Gallery Assistant ( May 2015 – Aug 2015 )

Center for Arts & National Culture, Accra, Ghana.

  • Organized, arranged, and displayed art works in the gallery
  • Catalogued new works and help setup for internal exhibitions
  • Explained African and Ghanaian related art concepts with regards to history, culture, and beliefs to the public
  • Interpreted and educated visitors on art collections in the gallery
  • Took tourists to museums and others tourist sites on weekends

Co- Founder (Dec. 2014 – Aug. 2016)

COD- Consult (Start- Up) Company, Accra, Ghana. 

  • Employed various marketing strategies through social media to generate traffic in promoting firm
  • Provided response to general enquiries, update clients and potential clients with promotions via mail and social
    media.

Achievements & Awards

Recipient of the Magness fellowship awardUD, Delaware
2021
Graduate Student Government Senate – Fine Arts Representative –UD, Delaware 2020-2021
Visiting ArtistCreative Vision Factory – Wilmington -Delaware 2019
Full Tuition Scholarship, University of Delaware 2019
College deputy Chairperson /Organizer TRATECH Exhibition – KNUST 2016- 2017
Student Academic Board Chairman Faculty Of Art – KNUST 2016- 2017
Volunteer – Freshmen Registration and Orientation KNUST 2017
Awarded Second place at the TRATECH Group student exhibition – KNUST 2016
Vice President Ceramic Students Association – Faculty Of Art – KNUST 2015-2016