Rolland Gallery of Art and Cal Lutheran Chemistry Department Explore the Work of Art Detectives

At California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, the Rolland Gallery of Art partnered with the Chemistry Department to put on “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History.” This exhibit gives Cal Lutheran students and visitors the opportunity to have “an inside look at the methods used by art detectives to reveal the secrets of artworks, ranging from X-rays and infrared light to solvents that remove varnish. Visitors can compare before and after images, try to identify what has been altered in a work and use ultraviolet light to detect changes.”

This exhibition will be the central focus of a new class: “Chemical Investigations of Art” which Katherine Hoffmann, the John Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Robert Dion, an adjunct professor of chemistry,  will teach in January. (California Lutheran University)

Image: Half of this oil painting by Richard Wilson has been cleaned.

Arts Coordinator – Colgate University

Each year, Colgate University plans and sponsors a vibrant array of events, exhibitions, and programs in the visual, performing, and media arts. These events enhance student learning in Colgate’s academic curriculum; engage students’ creative capacities; and entertain, educate, and enlighten members of the campus community and the general public.

The Arts Coordinator will partner with relevant campus stakeholders (including members of the faculty and administration) to: facilitate curricular collaborations among and between academic departments; support event development, planning, and execution; and collaborate with the Office of Communications to facilitate strategic marketing, publicity, and community outreach efforts with appropriate audiences. Continue reading “Arts Coordinator – Colgate University”

Unexpected connections: New team-teaching model in liberal arts explores interdisciplinary learning approaches

At Colorado State University, Erika Osborne, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, and Lynn Badia, an assistant professor in the Department of English will teach an interdisciplinary course on energy.

Osbourne and Badia’s course, “Cultural Extraction: Energy in the Humanities,”  will focus on “the relatively new concept of ‘energy humanities’ looks at the relationship between energy and our daily lives through a variety of lenses.” The instructors built field trips into to the course and have also “incorporated artists, films, literature and even TV series to provide context around the energy theme.”

In response to what they are learning in class and on field trips to the the Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville and the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, students will create a “‘mock museum’ — a museum set in the future containing artifacts from our current time” which will be installed  at  the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art’s Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center at the end of the fall 2018 semester. The exhibition will be titled “Museum of Energy Transitions: Real and Speculative.”

The mock museum will be open from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 13.  (Colorado State University)

Image above: Students tour the Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville.

The Block Museum of Art’s New Graphic Identity

The Block Museum of Northwestern University has announced its new logo. According to an article in Art Daily, the Block is “seeking to capture the museum’s active, ever-changing nature and spirit of inquiry, the museum refocused its image this fall with a strikingly bold “B,” and a new campaign asking patrons to ponder the question: “What’s inside The Block?”

Lisa Corrin, the Ellen Philips Katz Director at the Block, explained that “Every inch of the museum offers a new creative opportunity. As The Block has expanded the possibilities of what an academic art museum can be to its campus and community, it was time for a refreshed, contemporary look and feel. We were looking for an identity that fully reflected the dynamism and active spirit of the work going on within our walls.” (Art Daily)

“Transfer: Learning In and Through the Academic Museum,” co-authored by Liliana Milkova and Steven S. Volk

During a recent RAAMP Coffee Gathering with Liliana Milkova, Milkova spoke about the Allen Memorial Art’s pre and post museum visit surveys.  Milkova and Steven S. Volk, Oberlin’s director of the Center for Teaching, Innovation, and Excellence, co-analyze survey results in “Transfer: Learning In and Through the Academic Museum,” a chapter published in Advancing Engagement: A Handbook for Academic Museums, Volume III (2015).

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2008, Harvard Medical School in partnership with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Training the Eye Elective Course 2008, Harvard Medical School in partnership with Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Training the Eye Elective Course