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Abstract

Understanding Perceptions of Community though Community Art and Storytelling from National Louis University’s Rotating Art Exhibition

Abstract

This paper presents the formation and execution of the first rotating artist exhibition at National Louis University. The exhibition’s curators organized and prepared for the exhibit in fall and winter terms in 2018 and showcased the work at each of NLU’s six campuses throughout the spring term in 2019.

A top priority for the rotating art exhibition was to keep the exhibition truly inclusive, meaning advertising and promoting the opportunity to students, faculty, staff, and alumni across each campus. The exhibition would also be a time to showcase art in any form. The artists came from 3 of the 6 NLU campuses. The group was comprised of 4 undergraduate students, 5 graduate students, 1 staff member, 1 adjunct faculty member, and 2 alumni of NLU. The forms of art submitted to the rotating art exhibition were also very diverse, in that we received 2 digital photographic pieces, 1 song, 1 poem, 2 drawings, 2 paintings, 1 pottery submission, 1 published children’s book, and 3 mixed media (combining 2 or more forms i.e. painting and construction paper and/or drawing) pieces. With a range of artists and art forms brought a wonderful variety of stories depicting community.

The curators of the exhibition then created an Artists Reel capturing the stories of the artists and the messages behind the artwork and this was featured at the 2019 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference in 2019.

Recommended Citations

Helguera, P. (2011). Education for Socially engaged art: Materials and techniques handbook. New York: Jorge Pinto Books.

Rappaport, J. (2000). Community Narratives: Tales of Terror and Joy. American Journal of Community Psychology, 28(1), 1-24. doi: 10.1023/a:1005161528817

Schuermans, N., & Loopmans, M. P. & Vandenabelle, J. (2012). Public space, public art and public pedagogy. Social & Cultural Geography, 13(7), 675-682. doi: 10.1080/14649365.2012.728007

Abstract

This paper presents the formation and execution of the first rotating artist exhibition at National Louis University. The exhibition’s curators organized and prepared for the exhibit in fall and winter terms in 2018 and showcased the work at each of NLU’s six campuses throughout the spring term in 2019.

A top priority for the rotating art exhibition was to keep the exhibition truly inclusive, meaning advertising and promoting the opportunity to students, faculty, staff, and alumni across each campus. The exhibition would also be a time to showcase art in any form. The artists came from 3 of the 6 NLU campuses. The group was comprised of 4 undergraduate students, 5 graduate students, 1 staff member, 1 adjunct faculty member, and 2 alumni of NLU. The forms of art submitted to the rotating art exhibition were also very diverse, in that we received 2 digital photographic pieces, 1 song, 1 poem, 2 drawings, 2 paintings, 1 pottery submission, 1 published children’s book, and 3 mixed media (combining 2 or more forms i.e. painting and construction paper and/or drawing) pieces. With a range of artists and art forms brought a wonderful variety of stories depicting community.

The curators of the exhibition then created an Artists Reel capturing the stories of the artists and the messages behind the artwork and this was featured at the 2019 Society for Community Research and Action Biennial Conference in 2019.

Recommended Citations

Helguera, P. (2011). Education for Socially engaged art: Materials and techniques handbook. New York: Jorge Pinto Books.

Rappaport, J. (2000). Community Narratives: Tales of Terror and Joy. American Journal of Community Psychology, 28(1), 1-24. doi: 10.1023/a:1005161528817

Schuermans, N., & Loopmans, M. P. & Vandenabelle, J. (2012). Public space, public art and public pedagogy. Social & Cultural Geography, 13(7), 675-682. doi: 10.1080/14649365.2012.728007

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