What Do Artists Know?

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Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and “unpredictable conversation” on knotty and provocative issues about art. This third volume in the series, What Do Artists Know?, is about the education of artists. The MFA degree is notoriously poorly conceptualized, and now it is giving way to the...

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Overview

Each of the five volumes in the Stone Art Theory Institutes series, and the seminars on which they are based, brings together a range of scholars who are not always directly familiar with one another’s work. The outcome of each of these convergences is an extensive and “unpredictable conversation” on knotty and provocative issues about art. This third volume in the series, What Do Artists Know?, is about the education of artists. The MFA degree is notoriously poorly conceptualized, and now it is giving way to the PhD in art practice. Meanwhile, conversations on freshman courses in studio art continue to be bogged down by conflicting agendas. This book is about the theories that underwrite art education at all levels, the pertinent history of art education, and the most promising current conceptualizations.

The contributors are Areti Adamopoulou, Glenn Adamson, Rina Arya, Louisa Avgita, Jan Baetens, Su Baker, Ciarín Benson, Andrew Blackley, Jeroen Boomgaard, Brad Buckley, William Conger, John Conomos, Christopher Csikszentmihályi, Anders Dahlgren, Marta Edling, Laurie Fendrich, Michael Fotiadis, Christopher Frayling, Miguel González Virgen, R.E.H. Gordon, Charles Green, Vanalyne Green, Barbara Jaffee, Tom McGuirk, William Marotti, Robert Nelson, Håkan Nilsson, Saul Ostrow, Daniel Palmer, Peter Plagens, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Howard Singerman, Henk Slager, George Smith, Martin Søberg, Ann Sobiech Munson, Roy Sorensen, Bert Taken, Hilde Van Gelder, Frank Vigneron, Janneke Wesseling, Frances Whitehead, Gary Willis, and Yeung Yang.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780271054247
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press
  • Publication date: 11/21/2012
  • Series: The Stone Art Theory Institutes , #3
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 971,847
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

James Elkins is E. C. Chadbourne Professor in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He coedited the previous volumes in the series, Art and Globalization (Penn State, 2010) and What Is an Image? (Penn State, 2011).

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Table of Contents

Series Preface ix

Introduction James Elkins 1

The Seminars

1 Histories of Studio Art Teaching 13

2 What Parts of Those Histories Are Pertinent? 25

3 The Possibility of a Book on Studio Art Instruction Worldwide 33

4 Artistic Knowledge, Part 1 39

5 Artistic Knowledge, Part 2 47

6 The First-Year Program 59

7 The BFA Degree 77

8 The MFA Degree 83

9 The PhD Degree 103

Assessments

Jan Baetens 125

Robert Nelson 128

Bert Taken and Jeroen Boomgaard 131

William Conger 135

Anders Dahlgren 139

Michael Fotiadis 141

Tom McGuirk 146

George Smith 152

Martin Søberg 155

Su Baker 158

Gary Willis 162

Yeung Yang 166

Louisa Avgita 171

Rina Arya 175

Brad Buckley and John Conomos 178

Charles Green 181

Hákan Nilsson 186

Laurie Fendrich and Peter Plagens 189

Janneke Wesseling 193

Vanalyne Green 196

Glenn Adamson 198

Henk Slager 200

Afterword: Howard Singerman 205

Notes on the Contributors 217

Index 221

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