Visual Arts Department
One of the key indicators of a civilization’s greatness can be found in its contribution and commitment to the Arts. Where art flourishes, we find an active, vital and potent society. Where it is ignored and suppressed, we find a society in decline.
Perhaps the most important aspect of the Arts in regard to society is its capacity to extract the joy, sorrow, hilarity and trauma of everyday life and represent it synthetically, as a model for our contemplation. To be able to contemplate the human condition through the abstraction of its recreation in the Arts enables us to reconsider the circumstances of our lives in ways unlike any other.
Quite apart from the pleasure and fulfillment that we get from the Arts as entertainment, there is a powerful intellectual component to the making of art which empowers us in very real, but sometimes unforeseeable ways. Paths through thought and ideation are uncovered by the mental activity engaged in the technical process of art making. Navigation of these paths creates a familiarity with “speculative constructs” which is the key to abstract thought. We study higher mathematics, complaining all along that we will never use the knowledge in real life, nor ever become mathematicians and yet the value of this exercise of the mind’s logical facilities is never doubted. Art, particularly, its technical study incorporating application of methods and manipulation to thought, is every bit as vital to the developing mind. And, although we are not all destined to become artists and are not equally coordinated in regard to manual dexterity, none of us should be deprived of the navigational tools essential to a life rich with unexpected challenges. As Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors the prepared mind”.
VISUAL ARTS DEPARTMENT MEMBERS:
Dr. Jean Linville
Roxanne Ritacco, Department Coordinator