The Humanities and Sciences Department recently hosted the 19th annual National Conference on Liberal Arts and the Education of Artists, entitled In the Global World: American Art and Art Education, at Manhattan’s Algonquin Hotel. Over the course of three days, October 19 – 21, more than 20 sessions examined topics such as global commerce and art, redefining American art and non-profit funding for the arts.
One of the conference’s highlights was the plenary panel Central Europe: Changes in Artists’ Education, with speakers Dr. Edit Andras, art historian/ theorist, Hungary Academy of Science and Art, Hungary; Daniel Fisher, professor, Academy of Art, Slovakia, Slovak Republic; and Dr. Janos Sturcz, assistant professor, Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest; presided by Dr. Elaine King, art historian, Carnegie Mellon University. According to Maryhelen Hendricks, co-chair of the Humanities and Sciences Department, “It’s important for Western art educators to meet their Central European peers and to listen to them talk about themselves as private citizens, artists and art educators. Hearing about the state of art and life in Central Europe 16 years after the Soviet Union crumbled, leaving many smaller nations to struggle with the new globalism, is exciting and sobering.” The panel was made possible by a grant from the Visual Arts Foundation, Inc.