Feedback: Critical Evaluation Methods in the Arts

Feedback: Critical Evaluation Methods in the Arts
ARTS 6930
T-TH 9:30-10:45 AM
Spring 2020
Instructor: Mark Callahan

Now open to graduate students in all departments!

How can critique become more effective?

Readings and guided discussions will address the history and role of critique in higher education, psychology of feedback, and comparative approaches to critical evaluation across disciplines. Workshops will include activities in mapping critique and creative practice, exploring critique semantics, developing inquiry, and analyzing instructor and student expectations. The core of the course is practice-based research where each participant will have the opportunity to receive, give, and facilitate group feedback in multiple settings.

UGA students featured in national arts research conference

October 29, 2019
Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
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UGA students featured in national arts research conference

One year after UGA hosted the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) national conference, students and faculty from Athens will travel to the University of Kansas for the 2019 annual gathering of leaders. The November 7-9 event will feature discussions, white papers, posters, exhibitions, performances, and workshops around the theme of Knowledges: Artistic Practice as Method. Among the presentations selected through a rigorous peer review process is Exploring Research as Craft, a UGA student-led project developed with the support of the Willson Center’s partnership with Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA.

Project leaders Cydney Seigerman (Integrative Conservation and Anthropology) and Alden DiCamillo (Lamar Dodd School of Art) initiated their research through the Idea Lab Mini Grant program, a collaborative seed grant opportunity that pairs project teams with funding and mentorship from Ideas for Creative Exploration. Seigerman and DiCamillo worked with Alex McClay (Lamar Dodd School of Art), a graduate assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research, to facilitate production of an innovative three-part workshop series designed to promote cross-disciplinary communication by conceptualizing research and practice as craft. Workshop participants included graduate students from art, anthropology, ecology, English, forestry, microbiology, and landscape architecture. In spring 2019 the Exploring Research as Craft workshop outcomes were featured in a public exhibition and performance co-sponsored by ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art.

Presenting research at the national level is an incomparable professional and networking experience for graduate students at UGA. For Siegerman and DiCamillo, it is the culmination of a process that began with an inquiry about the connections of methods across seemingly disparate disciplines. Siegerman reflects that “my experience in lab – the rituals of setting up experiments, of measuring out starting materials with my favorite spatula, and the attention I paid to the process and beauty of my experiments is often forgotten in the final analysis of data.” The workshop series combined aspects of communication, feedback, and creative activities that led to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the craft of research. DiCamillo discovered “that interdisciplinary work that stems from the arts is filled with radical, energetic people and communities who know how to stretch and work ideas so that they become dynamic realities.”

Alex McClay has a unique perspective of Exploring Research as Craft from her dual role of project facilitator and participant. She recalls, “working with researchers from a variety of disciplines, all while offering feedback, production support, and visual knowledge, was the most impactful part of this experience.” As a graduate assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research, McClay is part of an elite group of students in art, music, and theatre and film studies who are recruited to work with Ideas for Creative Exploration as peer mentors and leaders. They gain practical experience by organizing the seed grant selection process, managing project budgets, and helping projects reach their full potential.

UGA is a partner in the a2ru network, a consortium of institutions aligned to promote interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs, and creative practice between the arts, sciences and other disciplines. As an additional benefit of membership, students are eligible to apply for travel grants from a2ru to support participation in the national conference and the upcoming 2020 Emerging Creatives Student Summit RISE UP! Community – Connection – Collective Memory hosted by the University of Cincinnati.

Idea Lab Conversation: CREATE Athens with Erin Barger

Idea Lab Conversation: CREATE Athens with Erin Barger
Friday, November 15 at 10 AM
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

What is the role of the arts in Athens community development? Join Erin Barger, Project Manager of Envision Athens to learn more about the CREATE Athens action group. CREATE Athens recently produced a report about the impact of arts and culture in Athens in three key areas: economic development, education, and civic engagement.

Erin Barger entered the role of Project Manager for Envision Athens after serving as a citizen representative on the Steering Committee for this movement in 2017. Erin brings to this role nearly two decades of community development work, ranging from work in disability supports and advocacy, refugee resettlement, service as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in China, and then nearly a decade of addressing poverty in the beloved community of Athens, Georgia.

Link: CREATE Athens: Arts & Culture Report

Reading Room: Presentations from the 2019 Creative Capital Artist Retreat

A central part of the Creative Capital Award, the retreat is an intensive week-long gathering designed to help artists develop their ambitious and forward-thinking new work. The retreat centers around artists presenting their works in progress to a group of experts and supporters from all creative disciplines who can help make their visions a reality. These presentations cover a broad range of genres and subjects, from poetry dedicated to extinct species, a puppet installation imagining the legacy of plastic, to a performance exploring a personal connection to the trans-Atlantic slave trade — all representing a diversity of work by some of the most groundbreaking artists in the country.

Source: Creative Capital

Lecture: Corey Madden

Lecture: Corey Madden: Artist as Leader
Wednesday, October 30 at Noon
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

Corey Madden is an award-winning writer and director, Executive Director of the Kenan Institute for the Arts, and a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At the Kenan Institute for the Arts Madden directs strategic initiatives that creatively blend the arts, enterprise, and innovative practice to positively impact the lives and careers of artists. Three programmatic themes — Creative Leaders, Creative Campus, and Creative Community — feature programs and projects that provide training and access for artists to develop and achieve their highest potential. Madden produces the interview series, “The Artist as Leader,” and teaches a course of the same name.

Call for Proposals: Idea Lab Mini Grants

Idea Lab Mini Grants
Call for Proposals
Deadline: October 25, 2019

shape: re-examining our spaces, structures, and systems

Idea Lab, a UGA student organization dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary creative collaboration, is offering funding of up to $500 for UGA students, faculty, and staff with ideas for interdisciplinary projects within the community, with extra consideration for those which enage with the idea of “shape.” Project groups must include at least one UGA student and may include members from outside the UGA community.

Recipients of Idea Lab mini grants will receive mentorship and regular feedback from Idea Lab members and Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistants.

Grant proposals should be sent via email to:

Proposal requirements:

– Title and brief description of proposed project
– List of participants (include titles and affiliations)
– Impact of project
– Itemized budget
– Proposed timeline of project
– No more than 500 words

The Idea Lab Mini Grant Program is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. Ideas for Creative Exploration is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School.

Information sessions:

Wednesday, October 23 at 4:30 PM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Wednesday, September 25 at 10 AM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Thursday, October 3 at 3 PM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Tuesday, October 8 at 11 AM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Wednesday, October 16 at 9:30 AM, MLC Reading Room