Native American artists to participate in 2013 Map(ing) project


November 14, 2012

In less than seven weeks, ASU School of Art, its printmaking students and Associate Professor Mary Hood host five Native American artists who are participating in the 2013 biennial Map(ing) project on the ASU Tempe campus.

When Hood launched the first Map(ing) project in 2009, her vision was bold: assemble Native and Indigenous contemporary artists to collaborate with graduate students in the School of Art’s top-ranked printmaking program to produce in one week limited edition original prints. The artists did not need to have previous printmaking experience. In fact, Hood preferred that they did not. But they did need to have strong artistic visions and open, willing spirits to help cultivate an environment of mentoring, communication and deep respect for people and place. Each artist would be paired with two students, whose expertise in printmaking processes and techniques would be used to bring the artist’s vision alive through printmaking. Download Full Image

Since that first Map(ing) project, 11 artists and 20 School of Art printmaking graduate and selected undergraduate students have participated, creating 13 limited edition prints which have become part of the permanent collection of the ASU Art Museum and the School of Art print archive in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

This year, Hood and the art students hope to raise $5,000 by 7 p.m., Nov. 23, in a Kickstarter campaign to help pay for materials, artist travel expenses, food for the seven-day project, and a modest stipend for student collaborators. As part of this year’s fundraising efforts, sponsors donating $500 to the project’s Kickstarter account receive an original print from the Map(ing) 2013 suite. Sponsorship categories range from $1 to $500 with donors receiving everything from posters, postcards and a heartfelt “Shout Out’’ on the project website depending on the donation level. So far, more than $1,500 has been donated.

The project has provided students in the ASU School of Art printmaking program an unprecedented experience collaborating with under represented artists in contemporary printmaking to create works that convey their culture, language and identity, and that have won some of the artists international recognition and other honors.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to host this program, which enriches our academic and surrounding communities in profound ways,” said Adriene Jenik, director of the School of Art. “The work produced to date has been stellar and the generosity of the artists involved in this production and learning exchange inspires and humbles those involved.”

Artists participating this year include C. Maxx Stevens, Seminole/Mvscogee; Nicholas Galanin, Tlingit/Aleut; Sonja Kelliher-Combs, Inupiaq/Athasbaskan; Rowan Harrison, Dine (Navajo)/Pueblo of Isleta; and Thomas Greyeyes, Dine (Navajo).

“Each artist brings a wealth of experience to the printmaking studios by approaching the new medium, guided by their teams, with confidence and inquiry, allowing new forms of knowledge and creative outcomes to be discovered,’’ Hood said.

On Jan. 10, from 6-9 p.m., the Map(ing) 2013 project concludes with an event that includes an exhibition, reception and silent auction to benefit future Map(ing) events. This free public event is held at the Night Gallery at the Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, Ariz.

The Night Gallery is a community outreach gallery displaying works by ASU School of Art graduate students, faculty and alumni that embraces the role a university can play in the off-campus community. Night Gallery is a constantly changing, 3,800 square-foot exhibition and experimental art space made possible through a partnership between Vestar Development Company and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

To contribute to the Map(ing) 2013 Kickstarter fund, visit kickstarter.com/projects/457511619/maping and for more information on the project, visit asumapping.wordpress.com.

Will US colleges and universities lead or lag in education innovation?


November 14, 2012

ASU hosts national forum in Washington, D.C., to address this question

In this century, education has become the most critical adaptive function in the competitive, global knowledge economy. Yet production of more college graduates alone will not help the United States lead the world. What type of evolutionary change must the nation unleash to not only deal with the challenges of educating an increasingly diverse population, but also to provide the kind of lifelong education the modern economy requires? Download Full Image

A panel of leaders in higher education addressed this question before an audience of more than 200 at a forum hosted by Arizona State University at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The panel included Michael M. Crow, president of Arizona State University; Jeff Selingo, senior editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education; Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program of the New American Foundation; Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education; and Matt Leavy, chief executive officer of Pearson eCollege. Soraya Gage, general manager of NBC Learn and Education Nation, moderated the panel.

The conversation ranged on topics from technology and the delivery of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCS), to the value of higher education and providing greater opportunity for students from broader socioeconomic demographics.

The panelists agreed that online education is becoming a substantial part of higher education, but it is premature to draw any conclusions on what role MOOCS will play in providing quality education to the masses.

“MOOCS signify a substantial sea level rise in that they ‘float all boats,’ but they are not a replacement,” Crow said. “The Internet becomes a more powerful tool, and everyone will adapt that tool in a way that advances their own learning environment.”

Carey stressed the potential MOOCS have in bringing higher education to those around the world without the means or opportunity.

Expanding on the topic of opportunity, the conversation continued onto what universities and colleges were doing to be more inclusive. ASU was recognized as a leader in this area and Crow stressed that the university is “committed to finding talent wherever it sits. “Talent,” he said, “is distributed among all levels of socioeconomic status,” and students who are academically qualified should not be denied an education due to lack of financial means.

Selingo said that college is becoming less affordable for many because higher education is in a prestige race and that to move up the ratings means being exclusive. Not all students, he said, should seek out these exclusive universities because it simply does not pay off. They should seek out institutions that offer their program of study at a reasonable cost.

“Matching in higher education is not very good,” he said. “The institutions have more information about the students, than the students have about the institutions. It’s about finding the right education at the most affordable cost.”

Sharon Keeler