September 14, 2018

Pedagogy: Engage, Critique, Inspire

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) at Willamette University

Left: Allan deSouza. Right: How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change, Duke UP 2018.

Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is proud to announce The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies Symposium taking place October 12 and 13, 2018. The Symposium is a free annual event that convenes current and prospective graduate students, as well as educators, artists, and community members to engage in critical dialogue, experiential workshops, and thoughtful interactions surrounding the teaching and learning of art, design, and critical theory. The Graduate Symposium is free, open to the public, and participation is invited.

The 2018 theme is Pedagogy: Engage, Critique, Inspire. This symposium will engage all those who regularly look at, think about, and make art—especially art students and faculty, artists, art critics, and curators. Through a participatory workshop on positionality in the classroom, as well as panels and workshops on critical pedagogy, experiential learning, and critique, we will investigate the ways art is discussed, valued, and taught, generating new strategies for the training of artists and critics, with a particular emphasis on what it means to decolonize places of learning.

October 12, 6–8pm
Keynote: Allan deSouza

Allan deSouza's forthcoming book How Art Can Be Thought: A Handbook for Change (Duke UP, 2018) examines popular terminology through which art is discussed, valued, and taught. It emphasizes thinking and talking about art as active processes that not only produce meaning and direct how viewers experience art, but which steer artists through the discursive foundations from which art is produced.

October 13, 9:30am–5pm
Symposium panels, workshops + exhibition reception

9:30am: Registration and welcome
10am: Panel: Experiential Learning
11:30am: Break
11:45am: Workshop: Teaching While Marginalized
1:15pm: Lunch
2:15pm: Workshop: Critiquing the Critique
4pm: Exhibition opening + reception

Prospective participants are welcome to sign up to attend this free symposium.

About Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies
The programs of the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art celebrate and support the development of experimental, interdisciplinary, and collaborative creative practices through meaningful faculty-student relationships, engaging seminars, and mentor-guided studio practice. For more than 100 years, Pacific Northwest College of Art has served as a dynamic creative center for emerging artists and designers with an educational philosophy that emphasizes individualized curricula, independent inquiry and cross-disciplinary exchange.

Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies, Chair, Aeron Bergman / MFA in Collaborative Design/MA in Design Systems, Director, Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies, MK Guth / MA in Critical Studies, Chair, Shawna Lipton / MFA in Print Media, Chair, Matthew Letzelter / MFA in Visual Studies, Chair, Peter Simensky / MFA in Applied Craft + Design (offered jointly with Oregon College of Art and Craft), Chair, Sara Huston / Dual MA/MFA

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