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Some recent and current courses typical of the department's offerings:

The Photo Book

In this class, students will explore the photographic book as an art form. We will examine how book structures, and ultimately the process of sequencing, can alter the meaning of a photograph. We will consider many strategies for book construction. Some assignments might include: deconstructing and altering found books; creating unbound books for the wall; building book objects (including 2D and 3D sculptural structures); and self-publishing digital books. We will test a variety of techniques, such as printing on alternative surfaces like silks and fine art papers. We will use online publishing services like Blurb, and travel to Goodwill where we will gather books that we can alter and transform. Students will be challenged to consider scale, multiples and sequencing. Some books might fit in the palm of the hand and others might take up a room.  
Conceptual ideas surrounding juxtaposition and narrative vs. non-narrative structures will guide our explorations. Themes pertaining to journeys in the landscape, memory and the body, will serve as prompts to help students begin working. However, students will have plenty of room to design their own projects. We will also explore word and image combinations. During the class, students will be invited to use their own writing, or collaborate with a colleague from a creative writing class.
Students need no prior experience in book arts. But Photo I is a pre-req.

ARTS398EB AdvStudio:The Photo Book
12:40-3:30 TTR, Spring 2014

Faculty contact: Cynthia O'Dell, Department of Art and Art History, Peeler Art Center Room 215








This interdisciplinary course explores the nature, meanings, functions and
experiences of time and its intersection with space and memory across a variety of disciplines and media—science, philosophy, literature, film and the visual arts.  We examine such questions as, how is time related to memory in the context of families, communities and nations? How do we commemorate the past and what are the ethics of this value-laden process of reconstructing history? What do we choose to remember and what do we choose to forget as multiple stories about the past contend for recognition?  What is the role of time and memory in collective and private identity formation and how does photography contribute to this process?  We also consider time travel, the multiverse, reverse time, and simultaneity.  We discuss the ways that time is differently lived, perceived and represented as we also examine how time is an active agent that can powerfully affect the structure of our lives; our sense of ourselves; our process of meaning making; and our reading and viewing practices.

ARTH 260 Time/Space/Memory
10:20-11:20 MWF, Fall 2013

Faculty contact: Catherine Fruhan, Department of Art and Art History, Peeler Art Center Room 212









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