Mary Mcinnes will be kicking off the second day of the 2017 Robert M. Minkoff Foundation Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass on Issues in Glass Pedagogy: “Curriculum and Career” in Brooklyn, NY in mid-October. Her talk emerges from her coursework at AU and her collaboration with studio faculty in the Division of Sculpture. The talk is entitled, “Critical Discourse, Professional Practice.” Below is an abstract:
The need to expand and deepen art historical analysis in glass pedagogy can be combined with non-traditional research projects that afford students a practical guide to best practices. I will offer a sampling of lectures that engage contemporary issues and debates in glass art. Further, I will present specific class projects that help prepare students for life after their degree.
I will draw on my experience as a modern and contemporary art scholar who has developed lectures that strengthen my students’ articulation of their studio practice within various theoretical frameworks. Additionally, through a series of short, carefully designed workshops and follow-up assignments, students increase their professional network, critique their digital presence, and hone their art writing. This partnering of critical discourse and professional practice is witnessed in my courses, including: “Glass in a New Light,” “SILICA: Contemporary Glass and Ceramic Art,” “In, Of, and Around Contemporary Craft,” and “Contemporary Projects in Art.”
Art history courses are often taught in a manner that requires studio students—graduate and undergraduate--to make implicit links to their practice; however, explicit connections can be made evident in the classroom. My lecture will offer a variety of benefits that emerge from an open, sustained dialogue between glass faculty and their colleagues in art history.