Arts & Consciousness
Department Head: Ms. Karen Sjoholm
The Arts & Consciousness (A&C) program offers a master’s degree for artists who are interested in exploring the deepest personal, social, and transpersonal dimensions of art. The curriculum encompasses studio art, socially-engaged art, academic investigation, personal growth and healing, education and facilitation, and professional preparedness. The role in contemporary society of the artist, as a valuable agent of change, is examined at the level of the individual, the community, and the world.
All courses are designed to encourage the integration of body, mind, and spirit through the exploration of the personal, social and cultural sources of and contexts for creativity. The program stresses the student’s use of direct experience as an artist for the creation of objects, events, activities, and endeavors that facilitate growth and change in others. Sometimes this takes the form of creative projects; sometimes it manifests as teaching, facilitation, or other interpersonal ventures. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of media as part of their creative investigation. Media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, digital media, video art, poetry, photography and book arts are explored in courses offered by the department. Students also work independently in such diverse media as sculpture, ceramics, film, and music.