This semester, Kit Hall’s Introduction to the Visual Arts class will be looking at and learning about art in a nontraditional way.
“We are going to break out of the lecture, textbook, test format in favor of firsthand and hands-on experiences with Texas Wesleyan’s fine art permanent collection,” Professor Kit Hall explained. “To accomplish what we want to, we need to locate all the art that belongs to Texas Wesleyan.”
Professor Hall is requesting that all faculty and staff take a look around their office and classrooms for art and complete their survey. You can take the Texas Wesleyan Fine Art Permanent Collection survey online.
In the mid 2000s, Professor Hall completed an inventory of the University’s fine art collection that aided the Office of Human Resources in locating art that belongs to the University. From that, the University could be assured valuable art was appraised and insured for the proper amount.
This semester the FAR class will be doing this again. Students will be charged with locating, assessing, documenting and researching the individual works of Texas Wesleyan’s permanent collection. By having this primary experience with art, students will be learning art specific terminology, historical cultural periods of the works, how to evaluate the condition and value of art and how to look at art in general.
Students will complete this project by presenting their findings to the Office of Human Resources.
To support this unique way of learning there are invited guests who will discuss their specific areas of expertise. Dexter Dews from HR will discuss why this project is important to the University and why current appraisals are important; Scott Barker will discuss Early Texas Art, the Fort Worth Circle, and the history of Texas Wesleyan’s art faculty.
The class has been invited to an artist’s studio to do monoprints and to a local collector of Early Texas Art to view his collection. We will also visit the Amon Carter to view their collection of Texas Art.
With our findings, we hope to create a website so all can learn about what has been hidden to many – that Texas Wesleyan is historically significant in its rich history in the visual arts and culture of Fort Worth, and that the University has a collection that represents the Fort Worth Circle, Contemporary Texas Artists and European Art.
The culmination of this project will be a real service to the Texas Wesleyan community.
If you have questions about the survey, please contact Kit Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.