April 12, 2006
by Canadian Architect
BIG TALK 2: Rethinking Boundaries in Art & Design Education is the second annual symposium of art and design educators that takes place on Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, 2006 at the Ontario College of Art & Design. The event is free and no advance registration is necessary. The event is organized by the newly established Initiatives in Art & Design Education Research Group at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), and supported by the Office of the President. This year’s symposium focuses on questioning the perceptible and imperceptible boundaries in art and design education, whether individual, institutional, curricular, or cultural. Working to explore and articulate the unique character of art and design education, Big Talk 2 will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions on the issues of interdisciplinarity, globalization, materiality of art and design in the digital age, and the discourses of equity and diversity in teaching and learning. The symposium is open to art and design practitioners, students, scholars, and researchers. Together, participants will have the opportunity to share their observations, experiences, and research in this innovative, broad-based forum.
Keynote speakers include Dr. Carol Becker and Ian Carr-Harris. Carol Becker is Dean of Faculty and Senior Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of numerous articles and several books with many foreign editors. Her book publications include: The Invisible Drama: Women and The Anxiety of Change; The Subversive Imagination: Artists, Society, and Social Responsibility; Zones of Contention: Essays on Art, Institutions, Gender, and Anxiety; and most recently, Surpassing the Spectacle: Global Transformations and the Changing Politics of Art. Ian Carr-Harris is an artist based in Toronto whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 1971. He is currently represented by the Susan Hobbs Gallery (Toronto), and teaches full time as an instructor in studio and theory at the Ontario College of Art & Design. His active publication schedule includes reviews and articles as well as catalogue essays. He was a founding board member of A Space (1971) and of The Power Plant (1987), and has served on the Harbourfront board and the board of the Art Gallery of Ontario; he is currently on the board of Centre for Contemporary Canadian Art.
The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is Canada’s largest university of art and design, specializing in creativity and innovation. Established in 1876, the university has more depth and breadth in visual arts programs than any school of its kind in Canada. OCAD students enjoy a one-of-a-kind learning environment that combines an experiential, studio-based education with liberal studies, which is recognized with a BFA or B.Des. OCAD graduates are well known for their creative skills. Their work continues to enrich our country’s culture and add value to the economy and everyday lives of Canadians.
For more information, please visit www.ocad.ca.