Join us for the third edition of our biennial academic symposium at UrbanGlass, a unique opportunity for glass department heads, faculty members, instructors, and students to discuss with their peers the changing fine-art landscape in academia, and best practices in the lecture hall and studio. New for 2017: A special focus on the post-graduate world and how to best prepare students for success through curriculum and programs.

Posted 24 June 2017

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Artist Rachel Berwick, head of the Rhode Island School of Design's glass department, will lead off the third iteration of the symposium with her lecture entitled: “Alchemy: Innovation and Experimentation in Studio Practice” at 9 AM on October 13, 2017.

Designed for professors at degree-granting institutions but open to all glass educators and arts administrators, three days of provocative presentations and formal and informal idea exchange will take place at the center of the New York City artworld, with an organized tour of glass at Chelsea art galleries and social events throughout the symposium.
Taking place from October 12 - 14, 2017 in New York City, the upcoming meeting of glass art educators will examine the factors that determine students' post-graduate success, with investigations into the economic challenges facing professional contemporary artists, as well as the educational interventions that are most effective in preparing graduates to thrive.

From in-depth presentations on how to best prepare students for the post-graduate realities of life as an independent artist to discussions of ways universities offer practical support for recent graduates as they establish themselves, the 2017 symposium will examine the question of career from multiple angles, with case studies from universities and schools around the world.

The symposium program is designed in consulation with an advisory committee made up of Pilchuck artistic direcor Tina Aufiero; independent artist Daniel Clayman; Minkoff Foundation director, GLASS magazine editor, and symposium organizer Andrew Page; head of glass and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Jack Wax; UrbanGlass education director Ben Wright, and managing trustee Robert Minkoff.

The previous two symposiums each attracted 100 faculty and educators from as far away as Australia, Finland, and Japan, for a provocative mix of lectures, panel discussions, and studio demos. In addition to the formal programming, the three-day event will be organized to maximize opportunities for informal exchange and networking, and will kick off with our regular walking tour of top galleries in Chelsea.

Download the full program from the 2015 Robert M. Minkoff Academic Symposium at UrbanGlass for a sample of the types of presentations and events.
Registration for the 2017 event is $175, with a special student rate of $125 (valid I.D. required). Attendees are responsible for their own lodgings, and special hotel rates will be posted as they are negotiated.

Friday, October 13, 2017
Case Study: Rainfield at MassArt, Public Art Project as Curriculum
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Panelist in Discussion: Hardcore Craft as Curriculum
Sunday, October 15, 2017 (Optional add-on event)
Guided Tour: "Radiant Landscape,"
DANIEL CLAYMAN is a Studio Artist and Educator at Large, teaching and lecturing at numerous colleges, universities and workshop programs. In recent years he has been focusing on large scale, site specific installations, most recently "Radiant Landscape at Grounds For Sculpture" in Hamilton, New Jersey, on view through February, 2018.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Myths of Success in the Arts & What We Can Do About It
In 2014, the collective BFAMFAPhD analyzed Census Bureau data in order to get a better picture of what life for arts graduates looks like. They found and widely promoted a statistic that only 10-percent of people with arts degrees were working as artists. That statistic caught a few headlines, garnering some media attention for the project, but it lacked some really important context. How many people with any kind of degree end up with paid work in that field? How many people with philosophy degrees or even art history degrees, for example, end up becoming paid philosophers or art historians? The answer is very few, in large part because the graduates themselves decided to pursue other paths and also because there are very few paid jobs in those fields relative to the number of graduates. But many students and teachers still hold beliefs about success in the arts built on myths and false information. In this talk, I’ll share some of the facts behind the myths and suggest a more realistic picture of what success means in there arts for graduates and non-graduates alike, with the hope of reducing some of the frustration and heartache many feel when they fail to live up to these myths.
ALEXIS CLEMENTS is a writer based in Brooklyn, NY. A regular contributor to Hyperallergic, her writing has also appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Salon, Bitch Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, The Guardian, Nature, and Two Serious Ladies, among others. She has also had her creative work published and produced in a number of venues in the US and the UK. She is currently working on a documentary film about physical spaces where queer women gather, titled All We've Got. Learn more about her work at Follow her @alexisclements
Saturday, October 14, 2017
Ways of Being: A Holistic Approach to Art Education
CAROLINE WOOLARD is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Hartford who is internationally recognized for her work at the intersection of art, technology, and political economy. Woolard has co-founded barter networks and (2008-2013) as well as cultural equity platforms BFAMFAPhD and, a study center for collaborative methods developed by artists.
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