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Susanna Crum and Julia Lillie

posted by February 10, 2020

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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This week, Susanna Crum and Julia Lillie discuss “Mapping and Print: Perspectives from Contemporary Art and Art History.”

Susanna Crum is an artist and educator in Louisville, Kentucky, where she teaches printmaking as an Assistant Professor at Indiana University Southeast and at Calliope Arts, a shared print media workspace she cofounded in 2015. She is President of the Mid America Print Council, and just spent a month fishing and conducting a research-based mapping project in the small town of Alvik, Norway.

Julia Lillie is a PhD Candidate at the Bard Graduate Center in New York, where she studies early modern European print culture. She is currently based in Auburn, Alabama, and is at work on her dissertation, which investigates a network of exiled Protestant engravers active in the Catholic city of Cologne in the late sixteenth century. She was previously a Collections Manager in the Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Sarah Sharp and Meredith Starr

posted by February 03, 2020

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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This week, Sarah Sharp and Meredith Starr discuss teaching technological fluidity.

Sarah G. Sharp is an artist and curator whose interests include alternative social histories, language, place, technology, and craft. She is an Assistant Professor and Foundations Area Coordinator in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and teaches in the MFA in Art Practice program at SVA in New York. She lives and works in Brooklyn and Baltimore.

Meredith Starr’s artwork is based on data she observes in her personal life and an investigation of social issues. She fuses science with artifacts of our humanity, exploring themes such as desire, memory, identity politics, and ecology. She is an Assistant Professor of Visual Arts at SUNY Suffolk County Community College and is a regional coordinator for the FATE organization. She lives and works in New York.

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Beth Balliro and Lyssa Palu-ay

posted by January 27, 2020

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This week, Beth Balliro and Lyssa Palu-ay, both at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, discuss the challenges and triumphs in their institution’s efforts to diversify its student body.

Beth Balliro, Ph.D is an artist and scholar whose work is grounded in over twenty years of teaching in urban public schools, community settings, and museums. Her studio practice investigates the poetics and materialism of social debris while her video work seeks to uncover the many ways that social exchange is mired in concerns of race, class, gender and power. Her scholarship draws from critical pedagogy to investigate public schooling and its import for artists. She is an Associate Professor of Art Education at the Massachusetts College of Art & Design.

Lyssa Palu-ay is the Dean of the Office of Justice, Equity and Transformation (JET). JET is focused on achieving systemic equity related to access, opportunity and dignity at MassArt through the areas of transformative learning and teaching, pathways to art and design education, and retention and mentoring. Lyssa is an alumna of MassArt and a well-established member of the campus community. She is a full Professor and has served on the Studio Foundation faculty since 2001, and in 2001 assumed leadership of the Boston Public Schools mentoring program, which later became the Academic Compass Mentoring Program. Her scholarship and research interests include the history of institutes of art and design, critical race theory, and experiences of students of color in art and design education.

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Meera Sethi and Arti Sandhu

posted by January 20, 2020

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On this week’s podcast, Canadian contemporary visual artist Meera Sethi and Arti Sandhu, Associate Professor of Fashion Design at the University of Cincinnati, engage in a rich conversation around a 2019 ad campaign by well-known Indian fashion label Raw Mango.

Raw Mango featured a Kashmiri bride to promote their winter festive collection, while at the same time the state of Kashmir was under political lockdown. Meera and Arti speak about issues around politics, privilege, and the use of craft within Indian high-fashion.

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Jesse Reed and Maggie Paxton

posted by January 13, 2020

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On this week’s podcast, two young high-profile designers talk about how they use research and create meaning in Fashion and Graphic Design. They also describe concepts for experimental studio projects that could be used in a design curriculum.

Maggie Paxton is a multi-category designer with a focus in footwear, currently working for Marc Jacobs on his runway and contemporary shoe collections. Maggie is a resident of Brooklyn, but travels often to Venehtsia, Italy for shoemaking purposes. Aside from shoes of all kinds, Maggie’s other interests include antiques and oddities, folk art and Americana, mycology, counterculture art and fashion, and logos of all varieties.

Jesse Reed previously worked as an associate partner under Michael Bierut at the New York office of Pentagram. While at Pentagram, his clients included New York University, Hillary for America, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bobby Flay, Syracuse University, and Saks Fifth Avenue, among others. In 2017, Jesse co-founded Order, a design office in Brooklyn, along with fellow partner, Hamish Smyth. He and Hamish are also the co-founders of Standards Manual, an independent publishing imprint focusing on the preservation of graphic design history, such as the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual, and the NASA Graphics Standards Manual reissues, among others. Jesse has taught at the University of Cincinnati and Parsons New School for Design. His courses covered icon/symbol systems and branding development.

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Betsy Alwin and Kate Casanova

posted by January 06, 2020

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This week, Betsy Alwin and Kate Casanova discuss teaching material in sculpture.

Betsy Alwin teaches in the Sculpture Department at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design teaching Foundations 3D, Installation and Sculpture. This summer she finished an outdoor public commission which was unveiled at the end of September at Franconia Sculpture Park in Shafer, Minnesota.

Kate Casanova is an assistant professor of Sculpture at the University of Denver. She uses a wide range of materials such as fungi, silicone and video to explore the subject of the Posthuman body.

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Jan Wurm and Terri Cohn

posted by December 30, 2019

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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This week, Jan Wurm and Terri Cohn discuss making art through troubled times.

Jan Wurm is an artist, educator, and curator engaged in expanding the community forum for contemporary art dialogue.

Terri Cohn is a writer, curator, art historian, and fine art consultant. She has contributed to numerous publications including Art Practical, Performa, Public Art Review, and Art in America. Her curatorial work has included exhibitions for museums and galleries in the Bay Area.

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Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera and Allison Yasukawa

posted by December 23, 2019

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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This week, Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera and Allison Yasukawa discuss international and multilingual students at art/design schools.

Juan Carlos Rodríguez Rivera is a queer boricua visual communicator and educator, passionate about food, lover of gradients, and anything with glitter. Juan was born and raised in Cataño, the smallest town of Puerto Rico, but relocated to San Francisco, California in 2017. Juan’s work focuses on challenging colonial perspectives in design from the point of view of a boricua diaspora. Juan Carlos is an Assistant Professor in the Design Department at California College of the Arts, and holds an MFA in Communications Design from Pratt Institute in NY.

Allison Yasukawa is a visual artist and educator. She holds an MFA in Studio Arts and an MA in TESOL and Applied Linguistics. In her studio practice, she explores asymmetries of power and imagined geographies in interactional spaces ranging from the personal to the global. Yasukawa’s pedagogy focuses on studio and academic classes in English for Art and Design. She is the Director of English Language Learning at the California Institute of the Arts and has presented nationally and internationally on art-language overlaps in critique instruction, student autonomy, and multilingualism as a creative resource.

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Andrew Demirjian and Claudia Hart

posted by December 16, 2019

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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This week, Andrew Demirjian and Claudia Hart discuss emerging media, micro to macro.

Drawing from conceptual art, experimental music and computer science, Andrew Demirjian scrapes and remixes Internet culture to create dense rhythmic collages of sound and language. He teaches theory and production courses in emerging media in the Film and Media Department and the Integrated Media Arts MFA program at Hunter College, he is currently a Fellow at the MIT Open Documentary Lab.

Claudia Hart has been active as an artist, curator and critic since 1988. Her art consists of virtual simulations of all kinds: 3d imagery integrated into photography, multi-channel animation installations, performances, and sculptures using advanced production techniques such as Rapid Prototyping, CNC routing and augmented-reality custom apps. Her works deals with issues of representation, the role of the computer in shifting contemporary values about identity and the real, and ideas about what is usually called the “natural.” Her project is to feminize the masculinist culture of technology by interjecting emotional subjectivity into the overly-determined Cartesian world of digital design.

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Kevin Tervala and Jennifer Kingsley

posted by December 09, 2019

The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.

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On this week’s podcast, a medievalist stumbles into an Africanist and they decide to invite undergraduates to curate a feminist show.

Correction: Ashton Cooper’s article first appeared as part of a Barnard College exhibition, not Bryn Mawr. For more information: The Problem of the Overlooked Female Artist: An Argument for Enlivening a Stale Model of Discussion

Kevin Tervala is Associate Curator of African Art and Department Head for the Arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and the Pacific Islands at The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Jennifer Kingsley is the Director of the interdisciplinary undergraduate Programs in Museums and Society at the Johns Hopkins University.

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