The Twenty-EIGHth Annual
National Conference on Liberal Arts
and the Education of Artists
What should an art school be-
(whither or wither the arts and humanities)?
Photo credit: Columbia Unversity
Keynote speaker: Andrew Delbanco, Mendelson Family Chair, American Studies and the Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University. Author of: College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be.
Conference dates: October 29-31, 2014
Place: New York Marriott East Side hotel in New York City
June 13: 200-word proposal and publication-ready 50-word abstract due
July 18: $75.00 non-refundable deposit due, applicable to the registration fee
September 29: $295.00 registration fee due; or $200 one-day registration fee. Student registration fee: $175.
Mission statements of American art schools and programs commonly state that they prepare students for creative careers by providing a quality art education shaped by the humanities and sciences, technology and the marketplace and that their schools prepare students for professional careers in a world that demands conceptual creativity and technical skills. Many statements cite the importance of collaboration, hands-on instruction and distinctive academic programs. Most boast the importance of their faculty, all qualified professionals. Some statements soar, reminding readers that art is a powerful force in culture, and that societies are judged by the quality, insights and innovations of their art. Few statements cite character development, nurturing of critical thinking, civic engagement, imaginative transformation of the students’ experience of the world, hunger for knowledge or curiosity – traditional ideals of the college experience and of the humanities, to which undergraduate art schools and programs are linked.
What do these mission statements mean today when the humanities – a term comprising everything from the visual to the performing and the liberal arts, from language and literature to philosophy – are (again) the subject of debate and criticism? In their broadest conception, the humanities embrace the total study of humankind and human life.
This conference will provide a forum to discuss the education of artists. Presentations may include, but are not limited to topics such as: How do art schools, with their emphasis on professionalism and careers, resolve the tension with the humanities? How do the arts and humanities connect with “real life”? Are the humanities central to the mission of all undergraduate art education? Why does a society need the arts and the humanities? What is the value of an art education, its true aims and achievements? What is the teacher’s role; what courses should be offered and how should they be taught? What should the combined studio and humanities curriculum be? What should be required in a Foundation year? Should the humanities requirements for an academic art degree be the same or different in an art college, in an art department of a liberal arts college and in a university?
Please forward abstract and proposal to Laurie Johenning, conference coordinator, Humanities and Sciences Department, firstname.lastname@example.org School of Visual Arts, 209 East 23 Street, New York, NY 10010 For information contact: Dr. Maryhelen Hendricks, conference director, email@example.com, 212-592-2625