The Aesthetics & Values seminar examines the vital role visual art plays in the social and cultural dialogue surrounding controversial issues. It investigates how artists have challenged or enforced authority by creating new aesthetics. It further explores how art is used to initiate, accelerate, or combat social change. The heart of the course is the Aesthetics & Values Research and Exhibition Project. This annual project provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their resourcefulness and creativity through the research, curation and organization of an on-campus exhibition of contemporary Miami artists.
Aesthetics & Values gives Honors College students the opportunity to not only engage the contemporary art world, but also to be actors in it. By selecting Miami artists and coordinating an exhibition of their work in the Frost Art Museum, the student-curators foster a campus and community dialogue about relevant social issues. The learning outcome for these students of diverse majors is that art and discourse surrounding it become a dynamic part of their lives. Your support of Aesthetics & Values gives students the opportunity to undertake more ambitious projects and to produce a catalog.Professor John Bailly
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