Ongoing studio projects will be discussed and evaluated with an emphasis on their relationship to contemporary issues in art, criticism, and theory. Questions to be addressed include: Where does art belong in contemporary culture? What is the role of art today? How do we reconcile art discourse with politics, social networks, pop culture or art history? Critiques will focus on articulating the particular concerns of the work as well as constructing a meaningful dialogue between students. This course is for experienced student artists with a firm commitment to serious work in the studio. Development of a strong work ethic will be crucial. Extensive reading assignments will supplement class discussions.