This section is dedicated to student work connecting to Dalton Gallery exhibitions. As an academic gallery, we strive to create opportunities for collaborative educational experience and interactions. The gallery’s location at the entrance to the Dana Fine Arts building ensures a first hand encounter with the physical work of art. In addiiton, the curriculum in the Departmentt of Art and Art History is designed to formally engage the gallery at key points during a student’s tenure. At various points students carefully observe, analyze, and write about works of art. They are involved in hanging students shows and in Art 397: Exhibitions Processes, students help design, curate, install, advertise, and write for the spring exhibition the course is planned around. In Art 260: Methods in Art and Art History students deliver a public talk to the community about artists in the Agnes Scott Permanent Colleciton, in preparation for their senior year required thesis course where students become advanced scholars responsible for delivering a gallery talk to the public on artists in the exhibition. These groundwork for the talks are the work of the students. They meet the artists in person (or virtually) and interview them about their work, and then desing a talk that contextualize the artists work in terms of their ouvre, the theme of the larger exhibiton, and the relevance of the work in the moment. The department has found that talks like these create a rich space for artists to transition from being a student recieving information to becoming a scholar producing information. The benefits of such research are multiple: students create relationships to the community they are entering; gain a sense of self-confidence for their capacity for experitse; and pride in the ability to demonstrate their accomplishments in critical thinking, thoughtful and broad analysis and organized oral communication.
Featured here is the work created by senior Art and Art History majors who will graduate in spring 2020 that was created in the capstone course in the Fall 2020. These presentation, typically given in person in the gallery, have been converted into digital presentations this semester. All talks focus on one of the artists featured in the exhibition Searching for Home.
Because the format is digital, we can now share these talks online with you. Thank you to our seniors for the information shared in these presentations about the featured artists! As you watch these digital talks, we hope you’ll get to know both the artwork and artists featured and the students who bring this informaiton to you.