Special studio art course offering for Spring 2019

ARTS 777: History and Theory of Social Practice
Mondays 2:00-5:50pm
Prof. Sholette

Art as History? Art as Thinking? Art as Research? Art as Work? The aim of this seminar is to survey, critique and historicize the theory and practice of activist, interventionist, public, participatory and community based art that operates within and across fields such as performance, urban studies, environmental science and other socially engaged disciplines. The class will focus on such questions as: Why is it useful, even necessary, to understand the history and theory of social practice art? Where should we look to find the historical roots of social practice art? Are these within the history of art, or external to it, in the broader social sphere? In an increasingly privatized society how do we define and operate within a concept of the public sphere? And how are both mainstream and alternative type cultural institutions responding to the increasing interest in socially engaged art by emerging artists? Through lectures, readings, discussions, student presentations, group activities, guest speakers and off-site visits to galleries and museums we will seek to position socially-engaged visual culture and the shifting role of the artist within an historical, ideological, and critical framework.

Internship Opportunity: Summer and Long-term positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently accepting applications for summer and long-term internships. Both paid and unpaid internship opportunities are available to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates, to explore museum careers and gain professional experience. The Met welcomes interns from all backgrounds, and has a wide range of internship placements in nearly forty museum departments. In addition to our ten-week summer internships, the museum is offering the following 2019-2020 long-term internships beginning in June:

  • Lifchez/Stronach Nine-Month Curatorial Internship
  • The Emily K. Rafferty Twelve-Month Internship in Museum Administration
  • The Tiffany and Co. Foundation Twelve-Month Curatorial Internship in American Decorative Arts
  • Twelve-Month Internship in the Digital Department
  • Twelve-Month Internship in Greek and Roman Art
  • Twelve-Month Access and Inclusion Education Internship

The deadline for the PAID summer and long-term internship application is January 27, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EST). Applications for the UNPAID summer internship program are due on March 3, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).  More information about the internship program, eligibility, and how to apply can be found on their website.

Special studio art course offering for Spring 2019

The Art department is pleased to offer a special printmaking course in Spring 2019 for both graduate and undergraduate students. With the instruction of experienced printmaker Lisa Mackie, this course will cover Lithography and Monotype Processes. Drawing and printing with litho plates and stones in both black-and-white and color will be presented, as well as photo processes using black-and-white laser prints as a matrix and aluminum photo litho plates. Images may be re-examined, varied, and extended through the exploration of water-based monotype mylar overlays. Catalytic assignments are presented throughout the course. Students will be asked to visually examine their concepts and allow their artwork to develop within the parameters and new territory of lithography and into mixed media. Finally, the course will teach students about the heritage, history, and technology of traditional and contemporary printmaking.

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