Signifying Practices: Intro to Art Making and Critical Thinking

The purpose of this class is to prepare you to be an interesting, knowledgeable and productive artist citizen (culture maker) in the 21 century. This course is designed as an introduction to theoretical perspectives from many fields and discourses, now often grouped under the heading Visual Culture studies. We will become a community of learners in which each of you will develop the knowledge, perspectives and skills that will support your unique artistic/culture making practices. You will work on evolving a personal writing style that will be useful as you develop yourself as an artist/citizen/intellectual—supporting your thinking/research/making as well as your ability to explain and promote your work.

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Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, and radical community arts organizer. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable artist-led culture. Delos Reyes currently lives and works in Chicago, IL where she is the Associate Director of the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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