New Studio Practice: Fine Arts at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

December 7, 2019 posted by

Practice Program, which is our fine art
major, was very consciously designed to address
the question of what does an artist in the
21st century need. Those answers include technical
skills, conceptual skills, networking, professional
opportunities. Within New Studio
Practice, students can do everything from painting,
to printmaking, to photography, sculpture, performance,
audio, video, some combination
of those, or a form that we haven’t
considered necessarily. You should be maybe
overwhelmed with all of the possibilities of what
it means to be an artist. The new in New Studio
Practice refers to this contemporary movement,
forms that speak to now. The now is always
evolving and changing. The curriculum within
New Studio Practice is designed to be
flexible, to be responsive. The studio in the name,
New Studio Practice refers to the
individuals– the students, the young artists,
individual studio practice. So what is your
voice as an artist? And that’s what we’re
here to do as the faculty, is help bring out that voice. And finally, practice,
we’re thinking about it in terms of a profession. A doctor has a medical practice. An artist has a studio practice. Students can work in a
particular way, for instance photography, and pursue
their photographic practice in those classes. At the same time, they’re
taking classes that are more multidisciplinary. So like I said, you’re
working perhaps in photography alongside a painter,
and in those classes where students from
different disciplines are coming together, that’s
really what the focus is, on visual culture. How do you as a photographer
talk about a painting, and how does a painter talk
about your photography? Where are the commonalities? So the career opportunities
within fine arts are really fast, so we
really consciously tried to bust the myth of
the starving artist, and we start that right
away in the first year. Certainly Forbes magazine lists
the top five characteristics that employers want to see– being creative, being
a problem solver, working collaboratively, being
a leader, and being flexible. Those are the qualities
of being an artist, and all of those
characteristics are things that you achieve here at MIAD. On a more practical level, as
the world moves more towards automation, there are fewer and
fewer fields that cannot be run by an automated system, and
the arts are absolutely one of those. The world really needs
artists, today more than ever.

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