As part of Arts and Creativity Festival, the “Art in Public Spaces: Building Community” colloquium will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, on Friday, March 16, in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.
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Art in Public Spaces: Building Community Colloquium

Time: 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT March 16

Location: Campbell Student Union Auditorium

As part of Arts and Creativity Festival, the “Art in Public Spaces: Building Community” colloquium will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon, on Friday, March 16, in the Campbell Student Union Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

Issues around the role of public art have recently become a pressing matter of national concern after clashes involving the display of confederate monuments last year ignited public debates about a wide array of works across the country.

That public works of art mean different things to their public at different times is attested by millennia of periodic defacement of works, archaeologically evident on every continent.  Or, more to the point, the public changes, regimes change, ideologies shift, and history rewrites itself, leaving permanent public monuments sometimes upholding a rejected past.

Is there a public art for our times?  What might it be?  Who should be paying for it?  Who should be deciding what is on display in our public spaces?  What should we be asking of our public art, when the public is evidently composed of communities with different views of history, and different hopes for the future?

The colloquium will bring together artists, scholars, and arts administrators to investigate these questions as they apply to our immediate community, to the region, and our nation.

Guest Panel:

  • Dr. Derek B. Counts, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Associate Director for the Athienou Archaeological Project in Athienou, Cyprus
  • Dr. Katharine Keenan, Visiting Assistant Professor, Classics and History, Carthage College
  • Clara-lin Tappa, Chairperson of the Arts Fund, a component fund of the Kenosha Community Foundation
  • Bruce Niemi, sculptor
  • Trenton Baylor, sculptor, Associate Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  • Paul Salsieder, Carthage student (double major in studio art and art history; muralist)

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Please contact the Fine Arts Office with any questions at 262-551-5859 or finearts@carthage.edu.

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Location: Campbell Student Union Auditorium