The Thirtieth Annual
National Conference on Liberal Arts
and the Education of Artists
Why Study Art?
Keynote speaker: Mark Salmon, Ph.D., formerly Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kansas City Art Institute. He is author of Career Opportunities in the Visual Arts
Keynote Address: Creative Renewal for Scholarship
Conference dates: October 12-14, 2016
Place: Warwick New York Hotel, New York City
May 23: 200-word proposal and publication-ready 50-word abstract due
July 11: $75.00 non-refundable deposit due, applicable to the registration fee
September 30: $295.00 registration fee due. Student registration fee: $175.
Shrinking art budgets in K-12 and scandalous college debt from majoring in non-STEM disciplines confirm suspicions: the visual arts and their shabby cousins, the liberal arts, don’t merit the risk. A better plan is promoted by the savvy market economy: self-directed and distance learning offer radical—and affordable—alternatives. Students with initiative can blog and self- publish online and take online writing and drawing courses. If they are very persistent, they can read art history (psychology, sociology, history and literature), use inexpensive supplies and older versions of software programs, network at gallery openings and poetry readings and find mentors who are interested in their work—and not just in them.
But the truth is that most youth need guidance and structure, and art school offers tantalizing bright possibilities: an intellectual, creative and professional community; intense and exciting exchange of ideas; self-discovery and experimentation; knowledgeable and professional faculty; access to equipment and studio space; networking and internships; status; marketable degrees; a shortened learning curve; a time to grow up. Delight.
This conference will provide a forum to discuss the purpose and meaning of attending an art school: values versus value; becoming an artist—painter, writer, illustrator, designer— in four years; the increasing academic and commercial focus of studies; the integration of the humanities in art programs; teaching practices (traditional vs flipped classrooms or student-centered teaching); proliferation and micro-focusing of art disciplines; curricular standardization; the studio, scholarship and creative renewal. Suggested reading: “Critics Page” David Salle, Ed. The Brooklyn Rail (December 2015/January 2016)
Please forward abstract and proposal to Laurie Johenning, conference coordinator, Humanities and Sciences Department, 209 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010 or by email: [email protected].
For more information, contact Dr. Maryhelen Hendricks, conference director, [email protected], 212-592-2625.