What should the role of visiting artists be, especially at the graduate level? At the moment, there seem to be almost no requirements or standards for visiting artists even though they play a crucial role in most graduate programs. The absence of guidelines too often produce an unfortunate squandering of resources on people who have very little interest in teaching and instead use the university and its facilities for their own creative purposes. Should standards be imposed for visiting artists and if so, what should they be? How should visiting artists be selected? #JCartists
To be present for students to observe the act of making art. So they may see the process from concept to realization.
To inspire future artists and to teach them skills through demonstration, and once again to not take advantage of the school’s resources.
To serve as an inspiration and mentor students. To give them insight into the real world issues of being a professional artist and to help bridge the gap between academia and the art world. This can be achieved through class visits, group discussions, open studio hours and lectures. Secondly to support art making that may not have a commercial audience and is not financially self sustaining. Higher education institutions are the perfect place to let this important work develop.
I wonder if I’m the only person who has witnessed visiting artists who are not really interested in interacting with students. Has anyone else had this experience?
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