How does Thomas Kinkade enter into studio and art history classrooms today? Is he even allowed to infiltrate our hallowed halls? And how do we grapple with him once he’s there? Linda Weintraub’s In the Making: Creative Options for Contemporary Art presents a serious discussion of Kinkade through the lens of audience. Her approach, which illustrates his attempts to engage with the widest public possible, avoids the dismissive attitude typical of our field when engaging with Kinkade’s work. Can and should we move beyond a standard (elitist?) attitude with regard to Kinkade? What do we gain by engaging in a serious consideration of Kinkade’s work and career? This session will explore the ways in which we may negotiate this surprisingly rich topic, in our ongoing efforts to expand the minds and artistic practices of our students.
Proposals should be submitted directly to the session chair: Julia Alderson, Humboldt State University, firstname.lastname@example.org, (707) 826-3421. Proposals must include the SECAC proposal form, available at http://www.secollegeart.org/annual-conference.html. Deadline: April 20, 2010.
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst St
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-3421 Email: email@example.com
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