ThinkTank3 Feedback

ThinkTank3, held at the Art Institute of Chicago in June, 2008 was the first ThinkTank that had a "Stage 2" for emerging educators. Below is some post-event commentary:

Think Tank III was an amazing experience and so incredibly helpful. If I could sum it up in one word it would be "Tangible." The entire experience provide me and my peers with tangible, useful, practical, straight forward and comprehensive tools to use in our teaching. What I found most helpful were the small group discussions and the "class room workshops."
Tom Ferrero, MFA, Indiana University

I can't tell you how much TT3 helped me in regards to our program at WVU. I have already called a meeting of our Foundations instructors to discuss and begin implementing things that I picked up while in Chicago. Jason Lee, Assistant Professor, Sculpture Department
Foundations Coordinator, Division of Art, West Virginia University

I took away great insights into what my peers are up to and what's going on in foundations programs around the US.  The experience was invaluable and the time in Chicago was memorable!  I'll look forward to crossing paths with you and the other TT3'rs in the years to come.
Hope Ginsburg, Assistant Professor, Art Foundations
Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

What you have created with Think Tank is awe inspiring and awesome.  You said one morning in a breakout session that a strong Foundation program will bubble up and influence and create stronger upper division programs--I BELIEVE that Think Tank will bubble up and make stronger art programs across the country.  It makes me feel so excited about the future higher education in the arts, as well as connected to other programs in a meaningful way--thus endowing my deep sense of purpose with even greater depth.   Dawn Hunter, Foundations Coordinator, University of South Carolina

I would like to say what a wonderful experience the whole Chicago think tank was. I left with a changed perception on what a powerful force open sharing and heart full interaction makes. ..The positive feedback and the people I had a chance to meet is inspiring, the amount of positive energy you produced through one weekend I could have never expected.
David McLeish, MFA Candidate, Florida State University

I can't tell you what a fantastic learning experience it has been to partake in the conference. I am walking away so completely inspired and excited to re-visit/re-write/re-work and re-interpret my past syllabi/curriculum and now to finally have the tools and examples to begin to implement those changes!…These few days have deeply impacted my entire sense of myself and my role as both a student and emerging educator--I'm still wrapping my head around all that I have gathered.
Erin Obradovich, MFA candidate
School of the Art Institute of Chicago

I cannot thank you enough for including me in Think Tank 3.  It was such a valuable experience, and I am already including much I learned in my own offerings for k-12 professional development as well as plans for teaching my BFA students in the Fall.
Brooke Hunter-Lombardi, Columbus College of Art & Design
Educator Outreach Coordinator

As an aspiring educator I think that I was also one of the people who benefited the most from interacting with those a step ahead of me as well as the more experienced stage 1 educators. Since this is a new direction for Think Tank, I especially wanted to extend my appreciation and let you know that I think what you are doing is really important.
Magda Gluzek, MFA candidate, University of Florida

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ThinkTank3 Fellows Chosen

Fifteen $1000 have been awarded this year. Candidates and final fellows represent exemplary junior faculty from across the nation. Our four jurors looked for the following strengths:

• candidate’s strengths and potential as an artist and/or scholar
• candidate’s knowledge of the fundamentals and/or the history of art and design;
• accomplishments to date as a foundations teacher;
• potential as an full-time college teacher;
• potential as a an eventual leader in the field of higher education.

The jurors also sought geographical distribution, a range of experience and a range of artistic disciplines (from Photo to Ceramics to Sculpture, etc.)

ThinkTank3 Fellows

Kjellgren Alkire teaches Foundations in the Maricopa Community College system and facilitates the BFA capstone course at Arizona State University. His various blends of printmaking, installation and performance interrogate and celebrate both evangelical preaching traditions and the mythology of the American West. He encourages his students towards intentional alignment of media, content, and form.

Carrie Anne Baade (pronounced baa`da as in Badda Bing) is an Assistant Professor of Painting/Drawing & Foundations at Florida State University. Historical materials and techniques inform her courses and her paintings, with leanings toward Pop Surrealism and the “New Old Masters.” She received a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters in Painting from the University of Delaware.

Mariah Doren is currently teaching the Graduate Teaching Practicum at SUNY Purchase and Advanced Photography at Teachers College, Columbia University while pursuing an EdDCT (Doctorate in Art Education, College Teaching) at that same institution. Her current work is a collaborative project with printmaker, Johanna Paas that investigates a shared interest in the tension between order that is innate and that which is imposed. The work seeks to apply the sensibility of the conceptual inquiry to the process of collaboration itself, resulting in layered, mixed media, overlapping images.

Thaddeus Erdahl makes figurative ceramic work that references the anomalies of human communication. He is interested in progressive approaches to education.

Tom Ferrero is currently a 3D design instructor in the Fine Arts department at Indiana University. He is a metal sculptor and jewelry artist whose work references the genres of science fiction and fantasy art. As a teacher, he emphasizes design theory and craftsmanship and wishes to integrate these concepts into his 2D design and drawing classes through the development of new syllabi.

Magda Gluszek is a 2008 MFA candidate at the University of Florida ceramics program. Her figurative sculptures investigate the psychological state of female adolescence and the internal conflict between natural and cultural influences. As a teacher, she is interested in developing engaging projects for introductory 3-D design courses.

Shannan Lee Hayes is a MFA candidate and Foundations: Idea and Form Instructor at Stony Brook University. Her current sculptural and video works investigate the poetics of identity, space and language, with a particular interest in the phenomenology of emotion and perception. Shannan asks her students to consider, What about process, material, and the formal elements of design best support your idea? and, Where do you locate your viewer?

Dawn Hunter is currently an Assistant Professor and the Foundations Coordinator at the University of South Carolina, Columbia. Her current work analyzes the historical propaganda found within fashion photography and its ability to cultivate a contemporary pop body image through consumerism. She is particularly interested in having students create suites of projects that have an evolutionary link within the processes of discovery, perception, interpretation,
deconstruction, and re-construction.

Jason Lee is currently the Foundations Coordinator at West Virginia University. For the last 3 years Lee has been continually evolving his expansive multiple project focusing on the creation of a modular environment. While at WVU, Lee has focused his teaching efforts on creating a cohesive foundations experience for incoming art students.

Mary Magsamen received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art and she is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Houston. She and her husband, Stephan Hillerbrand, make collaborative performance based videos and photographs. Their work has been included in exhibitions and video screenings nationally and internationally.

Sara Pedigo is an Assistant Professor in the Foundations Program at Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Sara’s current work focuses on isolated moments that speak to the experience of memory and loss. This is an attempt to find visual representations for the experience of losing a mother. As a teacher, she engages students by forging connections between artistic practice and students’ everyday lives.

Gary Setzer is an Assistant Professor and the Division Chair of Foundations at the University of Arizona in Tucson. His work frequently celebrates the humor and poetry of language’s inconsistencies and can incorporate performance, installation and video as tools to plot different functions of representation. Always interested in blurring the disciplines, Setzer is also an active experimental musician. He is currently re-imagining the first year program at the University of Arizona.

Caleb Taylor is currently completing his MFA in Painting at Montana State University-Bozeman. His work investigates the possibilities of physical action and intuition through abstractions of internal anatomy. As a teacher, he directs his students to define a personal vocabulary through the development of observation skills, conceptual problem-solving, and historical awareness.

Brent Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Art at West Virginia State University, where he teaches Drawing and Graphic Design. His work combines old knowledge as in quotes or belief systems to a changed landscape. He uses this to gather a greater understanding of his heritage and how that relates his place within his own social confines of history and the environment. As an instructor he tries to marry the technical aspects of foundations and place it within a contemporary context and theory.

Angela Harden Wilson graduated with a MFA degree in Photography from the University of Arizona in May 2007. She is currently an instructor for The Showcase School of Photography in Atlanta, Georgia. Her artwork displays issues of domesticity and female identity in American culture. As a teacher Angela is interested in continuing to develop new approaches to teaching technical skill while simultaneously inspiring creativity.

ThinkTank3 Alternate Fellowships

Emily Keown currently works as an instructor at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA.
She has spent the past 3 years teaching at Virginia Tech and at Radford University in the foundation arts program. She teaches with as many tools as she can get her hands on, helping students ask the question “What makes art?” Much like in her studio practice, she is always trying something new.

Chuck Carbia is an adjunct professor at Florida State University and Chipola College. Chuck's paintings deal with meditative process and humility. Chuck has also been a part of many performance groups. The performances involve pushing the spectacle of costume and music while allowing the viewer to remain closely connected through familiar character representation or popular songs. As a teacher, Chuck strives to make his students more aware of their potential in the contemporary art world through projects that investigate their personal beliefs.

Lori Kent is an assistant professor of Visual Studies at Kutztown University. She received a doctoral degree in the College Teaching of Art/Art Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College in 2001. The study of Critical and Creative Thinking at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, (MA 1992) and work in numerous museums began her research in critical theory + pedagogy. Her current artwork is focused on public art in New Orleans–– community building, memory, and place.

Trish Limbaugh is currently a faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts at Frostburg State University (Maryland). Her areas of teaching emphasis are two- and three-dimensional design and art appreciation. In addition, she coordinates a first-year learning community for freshman BFA students that focuses on experiential education. As a ceramist, Trish explores the abstracted forms of nature

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ThinkTank3 Announced

ThinkTank 3 will be held June 6 to 11, 2008 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It will be facilitated by Mary Stewart, Foundations Program Director at Florida State University & Jim Elniski, Department of Art Education and Director, First Year Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The event is by invitation only.

One session will focus on bringing together MFA Candidates, Recent MFA Graduates, Beginning Adjuct Professors, and Emerging Adminstrators. Another session will bring together experienced foundations faculty and administrators with some participants from session one to discuss trends in foundations. The two sessions are overlapped by a few days to encourage emerging and master teachers and administrators to interact.

ThinkTank is a facilitated forum of the Institute for Integrated Teaching which brings together art and design master teachers, administrators & emerging educators to address thematic issues of higher education. By linking educational theory to studio practice, we develop innovative new approaches to higher education. An emerging educator is a current MFA student or adjunct instructor who is entering the professoriate.

Please download TT3_Brochure.pdf

For more information, please contact Mary Stewart or Jim Elniski.

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Institute for Integrative Teaching Thinktank3 Fellowships

Fifteen $1,000 fellowships will be awarded to support participation by emerging educators and administrators of studio art foundations programs in Thinktank3, to be held at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, June 7-11, 2008.

The fellowship will cover the cost of registration and lodging for Thinktank3 cost ($650.) Additional grant funds may be applied towards travel, food and other expenses associated with attending the conference. Participants are encouraged to seek additional travel funds, as needed, from their home institutions.

The Institute for Integrative Teaching (IIT) is an intensive practice-based educational experience that is designed to improve teaching and learning at the college level through support for art + design educators. Thinktank is a pilot program, designed to develop the curriculum for the Institute and create connections between emerging educators and master teachers. Both are designed to help junior faculty quickly gain great teaching skills, develop professional networks, and better meet NASAD standards.

Who is eligible?
Current MFA candidates, or recent MFA recipients, with at least 1 semester of Foundations teaching experience.
Current Phd or MAT candidates in Art Education, with at least 1 semester of Foundations teaching experience. Your experience may be in a lecture course, and you need some studio background as well.
Design professionals, with at least 1 semester of Foundations teaching experience.
Foundations Coordinators, with at least 2 semesters of Foundations leadership experience.

What is Integrative Teaching?
Thinktank3 is designed for studio artists and educators who are interested in teaching at the college level. Integrative teaching creates connections between your personal creativity and creativity in your teaching.

What are your responsibilities?
Prior to the Thinktank, a list of required readings will be sent to all participants. Participants must attend all Thinktank sessions, and will be required to submit two assignment sheets and one syllabus for the Thinktank Archive.

Why attend?
Thinktank3 is a great opportunity to expand your skills, knowledge, and experience, and puts you in direct contact with higher education experts. Past Thinktanks have attracted studio artists, designers, and art educators from around the country.

Melody Millbrandt
NAEA Higher Education Division Director and Associate Professor of Art Education, Georgia State University

Julia Morrisroe
Foundations Coordinator, University of Florida

Rusty Smith
Chair, First-Year Programs, School of Architecture, Auburn University

Peter Winant
Director of Studio Fundamentals, George Mason University

Download the following two documents for guidelines and submittal forms:

Download IIT_fellowship.pdf

Deadline – December 30, 2007
Notification – March 25, 2008

Download TT3_Form.doc

Download TT3_Form.doc

Download iit_fellowship.pdf

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