ART has not always been what we think it is today. An object regarded as Art today may not have been perceived as such when it was first made, nor was the person who made it necessarily regarded as an artist. Both the notion of "art" and the idea of the "artist" are relatively modern terms.
These two courses, Concepts and Practices I and II look at these concepts of what is art, what is it used for, what does it do, and what is an artist. They cover the skills both of body and mind ranging from construction techniques to critical thinking, research and evaluation. The goals are to create not just artists, but individuals who have the ability to go beyond the traditional role in contemporary terms of the Artist.
The goal of this program is to foster a new understanding of how inclusive the arts can be as well as instill a sense of agency in the student. All majors are welcome into the fold and encouraged to expand their ideas through the utilization of Art.
As Joseph Beuys said:
“Every human being is an artist, a freedom being, called to participate in transforming and reshaping the conditions, thinking and structures that shape and condition our lives”