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ERIC Number: EJ867350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0706-8107
We Practice What We Preach: A Local History of a Community-Based, Student/Faculty Art Exhibition (2002-09)
Ashworth, Elizabeth Auger; Jarvis, Daniel H.
Canadian Review of Art Education: Research and Issues, v36 p83-98 2009
Student-organized exhibitions hold the potential to greatly enhance the visual arts school curriculum. Student art exhibition events can address socio-economic issues, function as part of integrated or interdisciplinary projects, and even unite students from different continents using today's high-speed Internet connectivity. Although there is literature surrounding student art exhibitions at the elementary and secondary levels, evidence of student-organized, exhibition-based learning at the post-secondary level seems scarce, particularly within teacher pre-service education programs. In originally conceptualizing the community-based art exhibition in 2001, one of the authors considered the following significant points: (i) she wanted to give pre-service teachers, faculty, and support staff a chance to show their work; (ii) many students did not have exhibition experience, especially with hanging a show; (iii) such an experience would help them to start an art resume and to learn how to frame and price their own work; (iv) it would be a bridge between school life and real life; (v) it would be a good showcase for the artists while also being educational for colleagues, administration and the community; (vi) it would nurture community/university relations; (vii) it would help the local art gallery involved to achieve their mandate of showing a variety of quality work from various Ontario artists; (viii) an exhibition would serve to advertise the university to a wider community; and, most importantly, (ix) it would prepare pre-service teachers to curate shows for their own future students. In this article, the authors discuss the history of the Nipissing University Faculty of Education art exhibition and describe how the annual Faculty of Education show grew to the point where it not only has been moved into the gallery's main space, but has also needed to be juried for the 2008 and 2009 shows because of space limitations. (Contains 5 figures.)
Canadian Society for Education through Art. Faculty of Education, Lakehead University, 955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay, ON P7B 5E1, Canada. Tel: 807-684-0772; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada