‘Workshopping the Everyday’ Events Based on Exhibition

In conjunction with the Berman Museum of Art exhibition “Reimagining the Distaff Toolkit” (Main Gallery), five Ursinus classes, four Ursinus faculty, nearly 100 Ursinus students, two guest artists and Museum staff will join forces in a project called “Workshopping the Everyday.”

Guest artists Erin Colleen Williams (www.erincwilliams.com) and Jeffrey Lee (www.blogger.com/profile/17793964834030182186) both work across the boundaries of text and image. Ursinus faculty will work collaboratively with them to create the workshop-related curricula for Ursinus courses Sculpture I; Introduction to Digital Photography; Introduction to Creative Writing; Modern U.S. History; and African Journeys in the Modern World.

Williams and Lee will offer a public talk Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. in Musser auditorium.

The integration of cross-disciplinary artists into the curriculum provides an opportunity for art and creative writing students to observe how these artists engage ideas of the everyday, both through tangible materials and through text. This exposure and direct interaction with the artists and with faculty and students in other disciplines can greatly enhance course dialogue and inform the students’ development of their own work. History students will gain a sense of the roles that can be played by material and artistic culture in their own investigations and analysis. Objects reflecting everyday use document habits of living. They also express cultural perspectives and prejudices and then take on new, layered lives through their appropriation by visual artists and writers.

The project culminates in late March with an exhibition of student work in the Museum’s Front Gallery and a roundtable discussion involving all of the participants, Tuesday, March 27, from 2 to 4 p.m., in the Main Gallery of the Berman Museum.

Ursinus College faculty participating include Jackie Brown (Art), Walter Greason (History), Sarah Kaufman (Art), and Nzadi Keita (English). The Museum acknowledges the Ursinus Arts & Lectures program, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Teaching and Learning Initiative, the Creative Writing Fund, and the Museum’s donors for support of this project.