October’s theme is APPAREL: Usually thought of as clothing, apparel can refer to any kind of adornment or covering. How do we use apparel to define, identify, and adorn? The use of specific materials and ornamentation provide identification of culture, status, and power throughout history. Artists use apparel to comment on trends, social status and celebration. How can apparel push past a functional covering of necessity and move into wearable art?
November’s theme is MAPPING: What kinds of maps are there, and who makes them? Most of us have consulted a road map to get from here to there, but there are many types of geography. Many of you might be familiar with mind maps, a way of organizing one’s thoughts and intentions. Artists use mapping as a metaphor for all kinds of way finding.
December’s theme is GENERATION: This term has shades of meanings, all related to one another. As a noun, the most common meaning is that of all people living at the same time. “Baby Boomers” and “Millennials” are two examples of this meaning of generation. As a verb, generate implies to make progress, or to move forward, creatively! Just as one generation gives birth to the next, a “generative” idea gives birth to yet more ideas. The progression or linking of natural phenomena are inspiration for many artists. The generations of a family, too, offer rich material for artists to explore.
January’s theme is MARKS: A mark is the most elemental of artistic assertions. The act of placing a mark, whether repetitive or isolated, is evident as early as cave paintings. The ability to manipulate and explore the use of the mark with a variety of tools, from the hand to the computer, allows artists to decorate, abstract, or repeat. With what kinds of unexpected tools can the mark be made? How can an idea be expressed with the act of making marks?
February’s theme is SIGN: So simple, yet so complex. We think of signs as standing for something else, yet they can have a language of their own. Artists have explored the sign as an object in and of itself, also sign as carrier of meaning. In what ways can visual signs or symbols communicate meanings more fully than words?