Visual Arts Lecture Series Seminar (VA4218.01)

J. Vanessa Lyon

This discussion-animated, readings-based seminar provides art historical, cultural, and critical contexts for the Visual Arts Lecture Series (VALS). In addition to our ongoing interrogation of the public lecture as such, students present their own work (in any field) and analyze the technical and stylistic aspects of structuring an effective and engaging ‘talk.’ The course provides unique opportunities for interaction with visiting artists, curators, critics, and historians. Consistent participation and a formal presentation of work/research is required, as are visits to local and regional museums and archives. Not recommended for first and second-years unless they have an advanced body of work to present.


Learning Outcomes:
public speaking
presentation of work
creation of presentation materials
artist statement composition


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: To request a space: please contact Professor Lyon (vanessalyon@bennington.edu) with a brief description of your Plan aims, focus, and status and your capacity to present advanced work in a classroom setting.
Corequisites: VALS lectures
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
Tu 4:10PM - 6:00PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency: Every Term

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Fully In-Person , Two Credit , Visual Arts (VA)
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