A good question for an artist to ask is “what troubles you most in society?” Let’s explore what roles art can play. Contemporary artists have many different tools to tackle the current issues. How are they using their visual languages to communicate and address their concerns? We’ll examine the ways that art creates ties among the artists themselves, with viewers, local communities and to the world; we’ll take a deep dive into the content introduced in ART101.
We’ll play various art-centric games, ask difficult questions, and host discussions, so we can really get to know one another. During this FIG, we’ll also visit the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on campus and the Design Library within the College of Design to learn how to effectively use these resources. The ties created in this FIG will last forever!
Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:
UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit
ART 101 Understanding Contemporary Art - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits
This course examines contemporary developments in specific media of visual art. Explore the materials & processes used today in each field & cross-disciplinary elements. Learn how to interpret & evaluate contemporary artwork using a critical framework. Students will examine artwork through in-class presentations, magazines, journals, the web, and attending art shows and visiting artist lectures on campus and around Eugene.