T.J. is an ambitious and inspiring visual artist from South Dakota who is currently earning an MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his BFA in 2006 from the University of South Dakota, and has been extremely active in his local and regional art community since graduating. He talks with Cassie about what led him to become an artist and gives an in-depth look into his creative process. T.J. was also behind the annual Take the Day art event at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. You can see some pictures from the 2011 Take the Day event on my blog post. Link to our interview HERE.