ReMODEL: Sculpture Education Now

April 14, 2012 10:30 am–4:00 pm
Timken Lecture Hall, San Francisco Campus

This event is free and open to the public
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Registration: 10-10:30 a.m.

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Watch the presentation on YouTube
Part I »
Part II »

ReMODEL will bring together a diverse group of internationally recognized artist-educators from California colleges to begin a conversation about the state of sculpture education now and generate multiple visions for its future. The daylong symposium is an opportunity to explore sculpture tradition, the "expanded field," and the open-ended possibilities for curriculum design that the intermingling of the two has created. ReMODEL is a think tank to reinvigorate sculpture education and to create a more inclusive and vital academic practice.

ReMODEL responds to a renewed interest in pedagogy and seeks to redefine sculpture skills and curriculum for the 21st century. Over the past 50 years a revolution in the discipline has occurred, as artists from diverse backgrounds and methods of working have pushed the boundaries of participation and practice.

Sculpture today is a melting pot of crafts and contradictions. The tension between traditions (wood working, metal fabrication, stone carving, ceramics) and an "expanded field" (performance, installation, site work, video, social sculpture, public art, digital technologies, and more) has made navigating curriculum a challenge. How can sculpture education reflect the plurality and excitement of the expanded field while maintaining the best of traditional practices?

Our vision is to create an educational website and teaching manual for sculpture from the discussions begun at ReMODEL. The symposium itself will be archived on iTunesU, and we hope to create an anthology of writings by participants on ReMODELING sculpture education to accompany the recorded sessions.

We encourage educators, alumni, and students to join us for a day of lively and interactive conversations!

Organized by Terri Friedman (California College of the Arts) & Shirley Tse (California Institute of the Arts)

Allison Smith -- California College of the Arts
Brody Reiman -- University of California, Berkeley
Charles Long -- University of California, Riverside
Christopher Miles -- California State University, Long Beach
Dee Hibbert-Jones -- University of California, Santa Cruz
Dewey Ambrosino -- Art Center College of Design
Hirsch Perlman -- University of California, Los Angeles
Kim Yasuda -- University of California, Santa Barbara
Jacci den Hartog -- Otis College of Art and Design
Jennifer Pastor -- University of California, San Diego
John Roloff -- San Francisco Art Institute
Linda Fleming -- California College of the Arts
Lucy Puls -- University of California, Davis
Mario Ybarra Jr. -- University of California, Los Angeles & Slanguage
Martin Kersels -- California Institute of the Arts
Rachel Lachowicz -- Claremont Graduate University
Sanjit Sethi -- California College of the Arts
Terry Berlier -- Stanford University

Photo: CCA students Nicholas Morris (BFA Sculpture 2013), Cara Levine (MFA Sculpture 2012), and Cassie Thornton (MFA Social Practice 2012) won a CCA Center for Art and Public Life $10,000 IMPACT Social Entrepreneurship Award in 2011 for their project, "Social Craft," a student-initiated pedagogical model that investigates the threshold between education and life through experiential learning. Working with local experts and students at the Srishti School of Art, Design, and Technology in Bangalore, the students built a temporary home on a campus rooftop.