Students work with faculty advisors to devise self-designed majors. Coursework in the major builds upon students’ experiences in the general education curriculum while providing students with pathways to deepen their knowledge or further develop their passion in a particular area of study.
Studying Visual Arts at Antioch College
Design, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture act as foundational pathways. Students are asked to consider disciplines and their boundaries as malleable and fixed, and through intensive practice recognize the expanded fields of Installation, Performance, New Media and Contemporary Collaborative Practices.
Every course in the visual arts involves rigorous studio production, critical thought and discussion. Courses in Visual and Critical Studies introduce students to ways in which artists have addressed—and informed— their social, political, economic, and material worlds. Students will be introduced to historical and contemporary artwork and a variety of texts, from artists’ writings to critical theory.
A self-designed major in the visual arts will prepare students for graduate work in the arts or related careers, but visual art is, at its core, a humanist endeavor and can help to prepare involved students, majors and non-majors alike, for a wide variety experiences beyond the studio or the confines of an art world.
Some courses that could support your interests
|VISA 250||The Object in Space||4|
|VISA 265||Art History / Art Stories||4|
|VISA 280||Drawing and Painting: Concepts, Materials, and Processes||4|
|VISA 330||Installation Art||4|
|VISA 350||Time, Place and Presence||4|
|VISA 365||Visual and Critical Studies Seminar||4|
|VISA 370||Special Topics in the Visual Arts: (subtitle)||4|
|VISA 380||Intermediate Drawing and Painting||4|
|VISA 400||Contemporary Collaborative Practices in the Visual Arts||4|
|VISA 410||Comic Arts 1||4|
|VISA 415||Comic Arts 2||4|
|VISA 480||Advanced Drawing and Painting Studio||4|
|Please see Arts and Visual Arts in the Curriculum Catalog for more courses.|
Faculty in the arts
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Luisa joined Antioch’s Cooperative Education faculty in 2015, and has a background in performance, women’s and gender studies, international education, and community engagement through the arts. Luisa has designed new co-op coursework engaging art as social practice, community action research, and place-based learning. Her primary focus areas within co-op include the arts and therapeutic practices as well as opportunities in Latin America. In Argentina, Luisa has developed co-op partnerships with organizations engaged in community action and social change, including: Mujeres de Artes Tomar, a feminist performance activist troupe; Fundación Hampatu, engaged in arts, sustainability and skills-based classes; and Club de Reparadores, a "repair club" that recycles and repairs items for reuse.
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Luisa's work as a writer, director and performer explores intersections of human rights, feminist thought, counter-memory, migration, ritual, and place-making. As an Open Society Institute Baltimore Community Fellow with Creative Alliance, Luisa developed an award-winning community arts program in southeast Baltimore. A member of Sol Rising healing arts troupe, Luisa was a founding member of Baltimore’s Theater Action Group and trained at The Theater of the Oppressed Laboratory with Agosto and Julian Boal, among others. As a teaching artist, Luisa aspires towards embodied, experiential and liberatory pedagogies and practices.
- M.A., Comparative Women’s Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
- B.A., Latin American Literature, Theater, Smith College
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Michael Casselli has been interested in the hybridization of forms and media since he received his undergraduate degree in visual arts/performance theory from Antioch College in 1987. While at the college, he staged large-scale outdoor mixed media performance installations, whose primary focus was an attempt to clarify issues of sense-based perception and the physicality inherent in performative work. After Antioch, he was accepted into the Masters Program in Sculpture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).
While at RISD his worked started to move away from the performative context, while maintaining a vested interest in sense of physicality, choosing to focus on the role that the spectator plays as a necessary figurative element of a completed work. It was at RISD that he started to define the contextual framework through which his work was to be experienced. By eliminating physical boundaries between the viewer and the work, he provided the spectator with a choice as to how they would interact with it.
While these concerns still remain active in the work he produces today, his vocabulary has expanded to include more subtle ways of asking the same questions, and has allowed him to consider a broader palate of contemporary media in the creation of his work, utilizing video, robotics, and home-grown technologies. Michael spent twenty years in New York City within the underground art and performance scene, fully integrating his early concerns with performance and the visual arts. While continuing to create large-scale installations, he found himself able to apply many of the same concerns within the performance arena, creating scenic and video design for dance and theater, earning him a Bessie Award for Scenic Design in 1987. Michael relocated to Yellow Springs in 2009 to establish the Manic Design Studio, a place for hybrid experimentation in all media.
- MFA, Visual Arts, Rhode Island School of Design
- Concentration: Sculpture
- Thesis: Hybrid Form and the Question of Traditional Arts Practice
- BA, Self-Designed Major, Antioch College
- Concentration: Visual Arts/Performance Theory
- MEDA 101: Media, Internet, and Society
- MEDA 130: Practical New Media
- MEDA 160: Sound Art
- MEDA 230: Reactive Systems
Catalina Jordan Alvarez grew up in rural Tennessee with a Colombian mother and an American father. Her narratives explore the cultural and composed movements of bodies across social and geographical boundaries. Her films have screened at festivals including New Orleans, Los Angeles, Slamdance, Fantastic Fest, Edinburgh Short, Oxford, and Palm Springs. She is a recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Flaherty Seminar, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Flux Factory and the Wexner Center for the Arts.
Alvarez approaches teaching as another facet of her art practice. In her intermediate video production intensive, students conduct documentary research in order to shoot their own fictional narrative. This approach connects the class with members of the community and grounds their fictions in historical specificity. Her fall 2018 class studied the Antioch Program for Interracial Education (1964-1969) and later produced a film about a group of female black students who created systemic change at Antioch by lobbying for the creation of the Afro-American Studies Institute. In her course, “Choreographed Films and Experimental Musicals,” students study the history of the musical alongside formal experimentation in contemporary art as inspiration for their weekly assignments. Her syllabus functions as a script with room for interpretation—she asks students to use techniques she is currently developing, and they adapt these to their own creative visions.
- 2017 MFA, Film and Media Arts, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
- 2011 Certificate, Directing, filmArche, e.V., Berlin, Germany
- 2005 BFA, Experimental Theatre & Spanish Literature, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY
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