School of art

School Notes: School of Art
March/April 2008

Marta Kuzma |

Dean's interview available online

"Art is a vocation, not a profession," says Robert Storr, dean of the School of Art, adding that while the choice to be an artist comes from within, art students must "be realistic as to how to proceed" with their careers. The dean was giving advice to current and future students as part of his conversation with the Art Gallery's Anna Hammond, which can be accessed as a free podcast at iTunesU. In the 38-minute talk, entitled "My Life as an Artist," the dean also discusses his own career in art, what he sees as the role of the artist in today's society, and his vision for the future of the art school -- which includes expanding the study of digital media, and in particular establishing a dedicated professorship in video in order to be competitive with other art schools that already have such a program. To hear the entire podcast, go to and click on "arts and architecture."

Faculty lecture series

A series of talks by School of Art faculty addresses contemporary issues in art and draws from the speakers' recent work. The spring lecture series, "Work at Hand," opened on February 13 with Dean Robert Storr discussing his experience as the curator of the 2007 Venice Biennale. Jessica Stockholder, director of graduate studies in sculpture, and Tod Papageorge, director of graduate studies in photography, will give subsequent talks. The lectures, which are held in Green Hall, continue through April. Check the school's website for the schedule.

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