ENRICHING ARTS AT PSU AND IN THE COMMUNITY
The art department of Plymouth State University has a long tradition of inviting guest artists and scholars to campus through our studio art, graphic design, art education, art history, and Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions programs. Over the years, scholars, painters, printmakers, sculptors, ceramicists, photographers, designers and other artists have helped enrich PSU’s learning community and broaden students’ exposure to professional artists and scholars, their work, and their perspectives.
Our new Visiting Artist Program builds on this tradition by presenting more opportunities for visiting artists, art scholars, and guest speakers of regional and national repute to interact with students, faculty, staff, and our broader community through courses and workshops, critiques, exhibitions of their own work, and public presentations throughout the year.
INSPIRATION AND OUTREACH
Each semester, the Visiting Artist Program expands the size and scope of the University’s art faculty. Visiting artists are chosen not only for the quality of their work and their ability to engage with students, but also for their ability to complement the interests and expertise of the art faculty, all of whom are talented artists and excellent educators. Through the program, students have the opportunity to learn about current art making trends while gaining a greater perspective on the art world and potential for their own art work. Additionally, visiting artists offer students the chance to learn more about living and working in the arts, and can model multiple approaches to careers in the field.
In keeping with PSU’s mission to extend opportunities for cultural enrichment to the community, the Visiting Artist Program offers numerous opportunities for community participation. Through the Visiting Artist Program events, community members are inspired to reach beyond what they know about art, explore new ideas, and interact with PSU students, faculty, staff, and guest artists.
As this new program develops, PSU’s art department aims to build a core network of visiting artists to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; offer critiques of student work; make public presentations; and exhibit their work during the fall and spring semesters, as well as during summer sessions. The Visiting Artist Program’s success will be marked by the cultivation and sustenance of meaningful relationships among visiting artists and PSU students, faculty, and staff; community members; and arts organizations throughout the region.
Plymouth State University’s art department is dedicated to providing an eclectic program that encourages the study of histories, theories, criticisms, and the making of visual art and design. The department is committed to building a comprehensive and substantive foundation of skills and knowledge within and across the disciplines; to cultivating each student’s individual creative spirit and voice; and to nurturing respect for humanistic and multi-aesthetic values and creative processes. We value the richness of diversity: cultural, academic, and individual, and are continually seeking ways to broaden our connections across the University, to promote service to our regional community, and to enrich the lives of our students, who are at the heart of our teaching and learning.
ABOUT PLYMOUTH STATE UNIVERSITY
Plymouth State University is a regional comprehensive university offering a rich, student-focused learning environment for both undergraduate and graduate students. PSU offers more than 40 majors and 60 minors in programs that include education, business, humanities, arts, and natural and social sciences. The College of Graduate Studies offers coursework that promotes research, best practices, and reflection in locations on- and off-campus as well as online. For non-traditional students, PSU’s Frost School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers working professionals opportunities to pursue an undergraduate degree by attending classes in the evenings, weekends, and online. Located in a beautiful New England setting, Plymouth State University has been recognized as one of the “Best in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review.
For more information about the Visiting Artist Program at Plymouth State University, and how you can support this new program, please contact:
Kimberly Anderson Ritchie
Art Department, MSC 21
Plymouth State University
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
ARTISTS AND GUESTS
Former guest artists and speakers have included:
Sigmund Abeles, figure drawing
Adrian Arleo, figure sculpture
Kim Bernard, sculpture and ceramics
Arthur Ganson, kinetic sculpture
Don Gorvett, reduction woodblock
Art Hazelwood, woodblock, linoleum block, etching
John Jacobsmeyer, egg tempera
Nicholas Joerling, ceramic forms and vessels
C.M. Judge, multi-media installations
Kristen Kieffer, ceramics
Kathy King, ceramic surfaces and narratives
Peter London, art education
Michelle Marcuse, encaustic
Susan Mills, mixed media
Arno Minkkinen, photography
Dore Page, letterpress
Marjorie Portnow, landscape painting
Carolyn Shattuck, book arts
SOL’SAX, mixed media
Jane Weston, graphic design
Elsbeth Woody, ceramic sculpture
Joyce Zavorskas, monotype