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We welcome Dr. Catherine Clinger to the COA community. Catherine is an art historian, writer and devoted teacher. She embodies our ideals for the Allan Stone Chair as "an art historian with a studio practice, an established body of work, and a track record of teaching excellence."
Catherine comes to us with a rich knowledge in European and American Art from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries, Romanticism and critical theory; print culture in the transnational fields of science and technology; and the emerging field of the Ecological Humanities. She is a practicing printmaker and painter and is a Master Printer of Intaglio.
Catherine has taught at McGill University, University of New Mexico, University College London, Kent Institute of Art and Design, and New Mexico Highlands University.
A recipient of various grants and fellowships, and the author of journal articles, exhibition catalogues, chapters and conference papers, Catherine is currently working on a book related to German Romanticism and Mining Practices.
Ph.D. Art History, University of London
M.Phil. History of Art, University College London
M.A. History of Art, University of New Mexico
B.F.A. University of Kansas
AD496Art & Culture in Northern New Mexico
AD456Art Since 1900: Harmony and Conflict
The artworks of Pablo Picasso and Hannah H? both the well-known and lesser-known artist made paintings and sculptures that facilitate our understanding of how people experienced the twentieth century. Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism, Minimalism, and more - these artist movements were initiated through group declarations of common aesthetic purpose. This art history survey looks at how their varied concerns with theories of the unconscious, radical political programs, social upheaval, and scientific discoveries were expressed through artistic production. Anxiety, joy, curiosity, and activist predilection combine to formulate a rich amalgam of fresh and challenging visions of the world. Level: Introductory. Prerequisites: none. Lab fee: $65. Class Limit: 18 *AD* *HY*
AD459Contemporary Artist as Researcher and Activist
The student will be introduced to the post-modern stream of visual culture that places nature and our relationship to it within the context of pressing global issues. These artworks engage with nature by their placement in site-specific locations, through new modes of picturing, and/or through the appropriation of natural materials. Many of the artists we will examine make use of new tools designed for industrial purpose, medical, technological or scientific research. Other artists utilize organic materials to craft their designs. These artists appropriate the role of "researcher" in order to bring attention to ecologies that human beings have disrupted or will disrupt. How these artists bring us to a deeper understanding of our relationship with nature through new media is our concern. Evaluation is based on class participation, evidence of completion of weekly readings, and a final paper and a class presentation. The class will take at least one field trip. Level: Introductory/Intermediate. Prerequisites: none. Lab fee: $50. Class limit: 15. *AD* *HY*
AD462Drawing Mineral and Botanical Matter in the Forest of Maine
Viewed as a regular practice, the descriptive power of drawing can intensify the experience of observational fieldwork, provide the draughtsperson with a richer understanding of the cycles within a landscape, and deepen our relationship with the natural world. The primary setting for this studio course is Mount Desert Island. The subject matter of our visual attention includes trees, rock features, and other indigenous plant life of the island. Students will learn a variety of drawing methods in order to document the natural history of a specific place. Coursework includes: maintaining a field sketchbook, graphically recording the development of a singular botanical life-form over the course of the term, and producing visual notations in the sketchbook during a bi-weekly slide lecture on the history of artistic representations of the natural world. Evaluation is based on class participation, evidence of completion of weekly assignments, and final project. Level: Introductory/Intermediate. Prerequisites: None. Lab fee: $65. Class limit: 12. *AD*
HE001Human Ecology Core Course
Human Ecology is the interdisciplinary study of the relationships between humans and their natural and cultural environments. The purpose of this course is to build a community of learners that explores the question of human ecology from the perspectives of the arts, humanities and sciences, both in and outside the classroom. By the end of the course students should be familiar with how differently these three broad areas ask questions, pose solutions, and become inextricably intertwined when theoretical ideas are put into practice. In the end, we want students to be better prepared to create your own human ecology degree through a more in depth exploration of the courses offered at College of the Atlantic. We will approach this central goal through a series of directed readings and activities. Level: Introductory. Lab fee: TBA. *HE*
AD475Prints and Printmakers: A Natural and Cultural History
Prints and Printmakers introduces students to the history and culture of printed images. The course is organized chronologically and develops by way of geographic location. The advent of reproductive technology in the fifteenth century (printed books, woodcuts, and engravings) coincides with dramatic developments in the natural sciences, theology, and political institutions of the Western world - the images from this early modern era still hold an emblematic place in our imagination and remain concealed within current popular culture. The class will be concerned with unique images, multiples, and reproductions from the fifteenth through the eighteenth century that serve as substitutes for objects of art, topographical describers, as well as pictures that serve as paradigms of cultural ideas and illustrations for scientific discourse. We will explore the way in which nature and culture are envisioned before the popularization of photography and digital image revolution. Theoretical associations with these reproductive technologies will be brought forward to deepen our understanding of artistic practice. Anyone studying the development of human ideas over time would benefit from this course. Students will be evaluated based on class discussion, short writing assignments, and a final research paper. Level: Introductory/Intermediate. Prerequisites none. Class Limit: 12. Lab fee: $65 *AD* *HY*
HS910Processing the Unexpected Journey
AD451The Reality Effect: Art and Truth in the 19th Century
There are myriad realities described by artists and authors. This course concerns itself specifically with the development of visual Realism from 1800-1945 in Europe and America. We will examine the origin of artist methodologies of production as they relate to modernity. Our concerns will include the relation of art to significant political, sociological, and psychological programs of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The new realities created through revolutions in political and social structures, and in our understanding of the physical composition of the world itself are made evident in art that pictures social class, large historical moments, and a specific instant of time in a way that changes how we visualize reality and challenges our understanding of actuality. Students will be evaluated based on class participation, class discussion leadership, reading notes, and written paper. Level: Introductory/Intermediate. Pre-requisites: none. Class limit: 16. Lab Fee: $30. *AD*
AD457The Wilderness in Landscape Art I: Proto-Ecological Visions
This course is concerned with the visualization of what is wild in the landscape and how artists pictured that which others saw as untamed. Course readings will engage with a variety of texts written by art historians, geographers, historians, writers, and theoreticians that address the invention of the modern idea of wilderness. Assumptions governing what constitutes wilderness and how artists have shaped our perception of it are among topics which we will consider. Landscapes contain life that seems to fluctuate between haggard or feral states of nature. We will investigate how an artist distinguishes between that which is cultivated and that which is natural; what images evoke nostalgia for a lost past or suggest the preference for a human dominance over those origins we have isolated ourselves from. Students will examine visual evidence in the fine arts that indicates a growing awareness of the effect of the Industrial Revolution in North America and in Europe. Although we look at ecologies through the eyes of artists, students interested in the science, history, and literature are encouraged to take the course. Evaluation will be based on a research paper and class presentation. There will be a class trip to view art and/or sites relevant to our discussion. Level: Intermediate/Advanced. Permission of instructor required. Lab fee: $50. Class limit: 12. *AD* *HY*