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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, Gwen Frostic School of

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Tricia Hennessy, Director
Main Office: R2110 Richmond Center
Telephone: (269) 387-2436
Fax: (269) 387-2477

Karen Bondarchuk
William Charland
Christina Chin
William Davis
Richard dePeaux
Jim Hopfensperger
Joyce Kubiski
Adriane Little
Nichole Maury
Paul Solomon
Vince Torano
Patricia Villalobos

The philosophy underlying the Gwen Frostic School of Art’s courses and programs is to establish an awareness and understanding of the visual arts to gain a liberal arts education, and likewise, that a liberal education is a necessary part of a professional artist’s training. To that end, programs in Art seek to meet the objectives of three different types of students: those who have an interest in simply taking courses in the field for personal enjoyment and growth, those with professional ambitions in the various areas of practice and teaching, and those liberal arts oriented persons who seek a major in the general field of the visual arts.

The various programs offered by the Gwen Frostic School of Art are designed to promote the education of good artists and artists-teachers and to increase the artistic awareness among students in other areas. Extracurricular activities include many exhibitions, lectures by visiting artists, and a student-operated gallery.

The purpose of graduate study in the Gwen Frostic School of Art is to advance: Individual studio and scholarly talents, interests, and philosophies, used creatively both to expand and preserve our cultural heritage; professional studio competence exemplified by a significant body of work; the student’s potential to solve contemporary problems in all aspects of the visual arts and to explore and address new questions and issues; professional competence in the dissemination of knowledge, including logical, clear verbal and written presentation of aesthetic ideas in teaching and other contexts; scholarly competence in the organization, evaluation, and interpretation of knowledge.

The Master of Arts in Art Education is designed to address the needs of art educators for advanced preparation in their discipline.

Western Michigan University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and subscribes to the recommendations of this organization.

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