Nowadays, the word “curated” is used in many different contexts – but what does it actually mean in practice? And how does it apply to contemporary art? This course will explore the various roles of the curator in the presentation and analysis of contemporary visual art. Through case studies and field trips to leading art spaces in Portland, readings, writing and practice assignments, students will become familiar with different aspects of the curatorial profession. We will examine how and where exhibitions are formed, who they serve, why institutions collect art, the role of the public in exhibitions, and some of the most critical conversations curators are currently having. The curator’s unique function in various venues – nonprofit, museum, gallery, academic institution – will be thoroughly explored to understand the ways in which space, resources, audience and material impact their work. Students will meet with local curators and arts professionals, practice critical viewing and writing about art, study different exhibition-making strategies and obtain hands-on experience in organizing an exhibition.
- Teacher: Yaelle Amir
Examines existing best practices in verbal, communication, creative expression, and, audio-visual presentation and production. Students, will apply these practices in a series of, exercises focused on individual and group, communication, developing the ability to employ, entrepreneurial thinking and principles to, communicate innovative ideas to a variety of, audiences. Projects include public speaking, exercises, written and oral presentations tailored, to different audiences, and audio-visual, advertising and promotional content production., Case studies will be used to examine successful, marketing campaigns for innovative products and, services as well as alternative strategies and, failures. We will emphasize habits and barriers to, effective communication, strategies that promote, creative expression, and how entrepreneurial, methods empower successful messaging.
- Teacher: Bryan Sebok
Through lectures, assigned readings, and hands-on, activities, students learn about the parallel and, synergistic processes of scientific discovery and, engineering innovation. Open-ended projects give, students experience in mutualistic teaming,, technology transfer, product development, and, marketing, as well as opportunities to learn and, apply methods inherent in effectual, entrepreneurial activities. Team-based laboratory, projects focus on the process of technology, transfer (utilizing scientific research in, commercial product development).