Practitioners and Participants
Our changing world challenges artists to become flexible practitioners and participants who can think, research, organize, and produce work that transforms people, places and our times. The power of art lies in artists connecting themselves in reciprocal relationships with their publics, in order to create a more humane life relevant to their time and place.
The Art department at Georgia College prepares you to be an art practitioner with skills and values that make you an active and responsible participant in society. We will prepare you to engage in questions of self-expression, artisanship, identity, community, values, politics, and meaning.
We balance studio work, history and theory courses, and organize them around a combination of activities. These include: various teaching methods in your courses, visiting artist experiences, exposure to contemporary art through the Blackbridge Gallery on campus, independent learning opportunities, and a senior project.
Our program also offers small classes and a low faculty to student ratio. You will be encouraged to explore media from the tradition of paints to the precision of pixels.
The Department of Art has four objectives:
You will learn historical and contemporary analytical skills including the ability to research, define, analyze, and critically formulate positions on contemporary issues in visual and public art from historical, ethical, formal, and sociopolitical perspectives.
You will learn audience understanding including the ability to define, investigate, and analyze community-audience issues. You will also have the ability to practice effective problem-solving, communication, and community-sensitive work, the ability to evaluate accountability, and the ability to achieve interdisciplinary collaboration and display community-organizing strategies within an arts project.
You will learn production skills including the ability to create, understand and manipulate media, and the ability to complete and present artworks or projects. Within the arena of production the student will consider how to present and distribute artwork in multiple formats/contexts using technological, multilingual, and other means.
You will learn critical and evaluative skills including the ability to assess, critique, and analyze formal properties, audience relevancy, and impact.
ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state's only Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, including residential learning communities.