From the Chronicle of Higher Ed:
"A handful of textbooks reigns supreme over art-history survey courses. To Beth Harris, who teaches the subject online for the Fashion Institute of Technology, these expensive, static tomes don’t do a great job of engaging students. They lack a sense of what it’s like to see paintings where they hang. And, Ms. Harris argues, they present a consensus view that doesn’t convey the messiness, passion, and disagreement of scholarship.
Ms. Harris is trying to change all that. With a colleague, Steven Zucker of the Pratt Institute, she created a “Web book” that takes advantage of multimedia technology to reimagine the art-history textbook online. The free, nonprofit project, called Smarthistory, is winning honors and gaining traction at colleges. Its model could offer a template for similar open textbooks in other disciplines."
Longtime, RWU Adjunct Faculty, and amazing photographer, our friend, Denny Moers was featured in a beautiful documentary by NETWORKS, available on You Tube.
"NetWorks is a project developed and produced by Dr. Joseph A. Chazan, and Umberto Crenca, Artistic Director of the art center, AS220 in Providence, Rhode Island. This unique project was designed to feature the work of selected Rhode Island visual artists. It brings together an unprecedented and diverse range of collaborating art institutions to celebrate the rich, creative energy of the State. This video program is only one element within a larger scope that also includes ongoing museum and gallery exhibits, panel discussions and publishing."
If you're out and about in Warren this weekend getting your coffee at the Depot, stroll around the corner to the Imago Gallery on Market St. to see two new paintings by RWU VARTS superstar, Alison Evans! The exhibit up is juried by longtime RISD faculty, John Udvardy who obviously, has good taste. Way to go Alison, We're so proud!
I mean, where are we? Us, this scattered group of artists, teachers, visitors, students of the past - where are we? It seems we are everywhere and really nowhere all at once. My mission here is to connect us. Let's show what we are making, share what we are thinking. Compose, create, critique, rant, display and dance for each other here. Welcome.