Seminar in the Image 2 - SPRING 2004


This critique course is for students at the end of their MFA program. It will focus on three areas; creative work, the written thesis, and "what happens next?" The class will be based on the specific needs of the students taking it, so what follows is a rough outline which may be subject to change.  Students will show and critique their creative work, concentrating on identifying and clarifying creative vision/voice and process; and giving and accepting useful criticism. Students will introduce the class to background material that has influenced their creative work and/or underpins their written theses; and to the arguments of their theses. Finally the class will brainstorm about the future; options for artists in the workforce; strategies for making personal vision a life priority; grant writing; fellowships; academia...

Time, Location, Teacher

Thursday 6:00 - 8:50, room CAF 232, Josephine Anstey
office hour Thurs 4:30 - 5:30


Required Reading

Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees: A Life of Contemporary Artist Robert Irwin by Lawrence Weschler

Requirements and Responsibilities

A detailed schedule of presentations will be worked out in the first meeting. But essentially we will cycle through the participants presenting and critiquing art work, thesis work and post graduate plans.

University Statements

Disabilities: If you have a disability (physical, learning or psychological) which may make it difficult for you to carry out the course work as outlined, and/or requires accomodations such as recruiting note takers, readers, or extended time on exams and assignments, please contact the Office of Disability Services, 25 Capen Hall, 645 2608, and also your instructor during the first two weeks of class. ODS will provide you with information and will review appropriate arrangements for reasonable accomodations.

Plagiarism is literary theft and a betrayal of trust. The term is derived from the Latin word for kidnapper and refers to the act of signing one's own name to words, phrases, or ideas which are the literary property of another. Plagiarism comes in many forms, all to be avoided: outright copying, or paraphrase, or a mosaic or disguised use of words and phrases from an unacknowledged source.  To avoid plagiarism, make it your habit to put quotation marks around words or phrases, or to isolate and indent longer passages, that you are using from someone else's writing. And be sure to cite the source, in a footnote or endnote, or within parentheses in the text. The penalties for plagiarism can be severe: from an F for the particular assignment, to an F for the course, to referral of the case to the Dean of Undegraduate Education for administrative judgement. If you are unsure about how to use and document sources, please consult your instructor.

WEAPONS AS PROPS: If you are planning a student production which involves using any prop which could be interpreted to be a weapon [toy gun, BB gun, knife, etc.] And you are planning to shoot on the UB campus or any other public place, you must obtain written permission from Campus Security or the equivalent authority before you shoot. If you do not you will face serious problems including possible expulsion from the university.