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LIST 503/540 Made in America: A Survey of American Art and Artists, c. 1675-2014

Area: Ideas and Issues in Humanities and Fine Arts and American Perspective
Instructor: Fr. Jim Neilson

Course Schedule:
Date:  Saturdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Cassandra Voss Center Room 008

Course Description:
This class will examine how images of individuals, places and objects become a catalogue of our collective memory and have contributed to the ever-evolving idea of the American identity and character.

Utilizing one textbook and studying online exhibitions and collections of American art, this class will celebrate the imagination at work in colonial New Spain and New England, and over and through three centuries of the growth and development of the peoples of America. 

Students will curate a virtual collection of American art and artifacts that will become a visual essay on a theme or motif reflective of an historic American experience.  One particular work of art will act as a collection "highlight" and will be the subject of an in-depth analysis revealing the student's awareness of the significance of this artwork within American history and culture.

Required Book:
Hughes, Robert. American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America. Knopf Publishing, 1999. ISBN 978-0375703652