Arts & Consciousness
Explore your personal creative process through innovative arts programs that integrate your search for the deepest personal, social, and spiritual dimensions of art. Our faculty of local and visiting artists and scholars invite you to join our exceptional arts community dedicated to re-visioning the role of the artist in contemporary society.
You will find that the Arts & Consciousness curriculum encompasses studio art, academic investigation, personal growth, arts and healing, and the creation of a new multicultural context for art. The program stresses use of your direct experience as an artist for the creation of objects, events, and activities which facilitate growth and wellness in yourself and others and promote community interaction.
In our MA in Transformative Arts program, you will have the opportunity to explore art through a variety of forms – performance, ritual, and digital and other media, such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, and video, just to name a few. The program supports development of links between personal creative expression and social and cultural change. While formal art-making techniques are an important part of the degree, the greatest focus is placed on the spiritual and psychosocial dimensions of art.
The Arts & Consciousness Gallery, located in the arts annex, offers a significant exhibition and performance space for Bay-area artists—particularly those working with some aspect of art and spirituality. Exhibitions and gallery lectures by invited artists give students direct contact with the art and artists who are transforming the world. These exhibitions also allow the larger community to participate in the exciting new developments in Arts & Consciousness. Approximately 3,500 people each year visit the A&C Gallery.
The A&C Gallery is also host to a number of student exhibitions throughout the year. MFA students generally finish the program with a solo exhibition in the A&C gallery. Other student exhibitions are held for groups of MA or MFA students whose work explores common areas related to their studies in studio or transformative arts.
For information on upcoming events at the A&C Gallery, visit the "Events" page or the Gallery page under "Locations" on this website.