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October 25, 2002

Show examines the complexities
of teaching art

"Assignment Art, Educating the Artist at Sacramento State," is the newest exhibit coming to CSUS's Robert Else Gallery in Kadema Hall. It will be open noon to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Nov. 4 to Dec. 13.

The show will include a series of talks about teaching college-level art.

"Assignment Art" is a student-inspired investigation into the education of the artist in the University. Questions include: What skills and concepts does the artist need to know? Can those concepts be taught? Are artists born or made? Can anyone be taught to be an artist? And what cannot be taught?

CSUS professors have submitted examples of students' work that best represents the achievement of their teaching goals. Statements from both the professor and the artist will be posted by each piece to discuss ideas and opinions behind the assignments.

Student curator Annessa Braymer's idea for the art show came out of an assignment for her gallery management class last semester.

"I think it is always good to question what we are doing," Braymer says. "The process of learning and teaching art is fascinating to me. I wanted to do this show to further examine that process and encourage others to do the same."
The talks are as follows:

  • "On the Education of Artists" will be an art history panel about how art has been taught in the past. The talk will be at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Kadema Hall 145.
  • "Can Art be Taught?" will be an art studio panel discussing ideas for instruction in the classroom. Panelists are art instructors and gallery directors from all over Northern California. This talk will will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday Nov. 13 in Amador Hall 150. A reception will follow in the Robert Else Gallery.
  • "Nonverbal Elements in Music Teaching and Studio Art Instruction" will be led by James Elkins, an art history professor from the Art Institute of Chicago. This lecture will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20 in Amador Hall 150. A reception will follow in the Robert Else Gallery.

For more information call the art department at (916) 278-6616. For additional media assistance contact CSUS public affairs at (916) 278-6156.

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