Æthelred Eldridge is an academic and avant-garde painter. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the Ohio University School of Art, where he has been teaching since 1957. He is best known for his black and white art accompanied by esoteric writings inspired by William Blake. His classes are hard to define and almost function as performance pieces. The School of Art gave him his own curriculum, and his style does not cleanly fit into any specific category of art. Students at Ohio University will know his 50 by 80 foot mural on a wall of Seigfred Hall. Æthelred is listed in the Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes. His class lectures are themselves works of art. Æthelred weaves playful, sometimes invective speech tapestries with outlandish word associations, electrically charged phonetics and scrambled catchphrases that succeed or fail with his often baffled listeners.