Art has always played an integral role in the way societies define themselves and are defined by others, but today the ways we create, define and refine art itself are being transformed.
In order to help students explore and grow with that transformation, we envision a new kind of studio art space — large common areas for classes and exhibitions, smaller workshops and studios surrounding those areas, and a new interdisciplinary, digitally based Studio for Trans-media Arts and Related Studies (STARS).
Why create new spaces rather than renovate old ones? There are a number of compelling reasons:
Modern studio arts at Hamilton are, above all, interdisciplinary. Students and teachers collaborate across curricular lines to explore new ideas and make new connections. A recent team-taught course on the chemistry of art received national attention. Another course investigated the relationship between art and physics, a third the relationship between art and music.
As old walls between disciplines continue to fall, Hamilton’s student and faculty artists want to be on the front lines of exploration. We can help keep them there with facilities that open the campus to creativity and integrate the arts into the broader curriculum.