Situation: Art School Symposium took place on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Pratt Institute. 

Situation: Art School brought together notable artist-educators to discuss the values that inform the higher education of artists in today’s challenging global environment. The high cost of tuition has increased pressure on both art schools and graduates to be successful in the marketplace. But what are the costs? Has the art school (including university studio programs) become a factory for turning out career professionals with market-ready portfolios or does it still offer students alternatives from which to challenge the hegemony of the commercial market? How can we reinvest art education with renewed transformative potential, as an enterprise that is not in the service of capital accumulation but about radically reorganizing our understanding of the world and possibilities for the artist within it?

Below is the details for program and on the left column is a list of participants with video excerpts from each.

Schedule of Events

1:00 Keynote: Luis Camnitzer, Artist and Author (transcript)

1:30: Panel I: What Are We Preparing Art Students For? (transcript)

Moderator: Kit White, Faculty, Fine Arts Department, Pratt Institute

Anne Gaines, Dean, School of Art, Media, and Technology, Parsons The New School for Design
David Ross, Chair, Art Practice MFA program, School of Visual Arts
Lisa Corinne Davis, Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Hunter College

2:30: Panel II: What is the Role of Art School in a Market Driven Art World? (transcript)

Moderator: Eva Diaz, Faculty, History of Art and Design Department, Pratt Institute

Jean Shin, Faculty, Fine Arts Department, Pratt Institute
Nayland Blake, Chair, Advanced Photographic Studies MFA program, ICP-Bard
William Powhida, Artist and Writer

3:30: Refreshments

4:00: Break out session led by the Camel Collective (Carla Herrera-Prats and Anthony Graves)

4:30: Panel III: Beyond the Bricks and Mortar Art School (transcript)

Moderator: Katherine Carl, Curator of the James Gallery and Deputy Director of the Center for the Humanities at The Graduate Center, CUNY

Ann Messner, Professor, Fine Arts Department, Pratt Institute
Caroline Woolard, Faculty, Parsons The New School for Design; collaborator on Trade School and BFA/MFA/PHD
Bruce High Quality Foundation University (Sean J Patrick, Joe Kay, Andrea Arrubla)

5:30: Closing discussion, Q&A

6:00: Public reception, Graduate Galleries, Steuben Hall

Funded by the Office of the Provost and School of Art Dean’s Office
Organized by the Department of Fine Arts, Pratt Institute 

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