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Welch Symposium


Creativity, imagination, and innovation are necessary twenty-first century skills for learners from all disciplines. Motivated by an intrinsic need to solve problems, instill meaning and innovate, creative individuals use these skills in nearly every aspect of their professional lives. As part of its ongoing commitment to excellence in scholarship and education, to the community and to the belief that creativity is critical to transformative experiences, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design is pleased to sponsor an interdisciplinary symposium on creativity and imagination.

Dr. Melanie Buffington
Art Education and Social Media
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6-7 p.m.
Arts & Humanities, Room 505

Dr. Buffington is an Associate Professor of Art Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research interests include technology, museum education, multiculturalism, feminism, service-learning, contemporary art and teacher preparation. Dr. Buffington will address a range of ideas including how art teachers can utilize social media in their teaching. Funded by the Welch Visiting Artists and Scholars Program. Watch the video of the talk.

Dr. Melanie Buffington
Art Museums and Multiculturalism
Friday, Oct. 4, 1-2 p.m.
Arts & Humanities, Room 505

Art museums are challenged with helping visitors understand a wide range of works of art. Different museums use various strategies to educate their patrons. Buffington will specifically talk about culturally relevant approaches to museum education. Watch the video of the talk.

Dr. Tom Anderson
Monday, Oct. 14, 3-5 p.m.
Langdale Hall, Troy Moore Library

Dr. Tom Anderson holds the Jessie Lovano-Kerr Chair in Art Education at Florida State University. Dr. Anderson examines the qualities that constitute the creative processes of painter Mark Messersmith and the parallel process of making a video about Mark Messersmith’s development of a painting over the course of two weeks. The presentation will begin with a showing of the video, “Mark Messersmith: A Sense of Place”, then the presenter will summarize the creative processes Messersmith engaged in, compare them to the creative processes Dr. Anderson engaged in making the video, and draw conclusions for teaching and learning in an academic context. Watch the video of the talk.

Dr. Wanda Knight
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 3- 5 p.m.
Langdale Hall, Troy Moore Library
Dr. Wanda Bridges Knight is Associate

Professor of Art Education and Women’s Studies at Pennsylvania State University. Individuals express their creativity in various ways. Images and objects created can be highly emotional and have staying power within the grayest regions of our brain. Racist colonial discourse embedded in racial stereotypes in United States culture is not new. What is new; however, is the aggressive revival of these “classic” derogatory stereotypes by contemporary African American artists. What happens when we create images and objects that stereotype? Moreover, what happens when imagination is skewed towards creating racist imagery and objects that sustain fear, loathing and hatred of others? This presentation interrogates the long history of racial stereotypes and challenges creative forms of artistic expression that undermine social justice.

Raymond Veon
Thursday, Jan. 16, 4-5 p.m.
Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Galleries

Children’s art fascinates adults because of its originality and spontaneous expression. Raymond Veon will discuss works of art created by K-12 students and pre-service teachers at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design Gallery and explain how adults can appreciate those creative works through visual thinking strategies. An opening reception for the exhibit “Creativity and Imagination from Children’s Works” follows the talk from 5-8 p.m. The exhibition runs January 16, - March 6, 2014.

The Welch Symposium is a cross disciplinary cooperation by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University. The 2013 Welch Symposium on Creativity and Imagination was initiated by Assistant Professor Kevin Hsieh.