Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Art and Visual Technology
4400 University Drive
College Hall C200 MSN 1C3
George Mason University
Fairfax. Virginia 22030-4444 USA
Paper: “Transforming Contemporary Academic Curriculum through Professional Visiting Artist Programs”
This paper will address the pedagogical value of a “professional visiting artist program” in enriching the academic curriculum of art institutions and universities. Based on my experience with this innovative practice, I will discuss the value of observation, collaboration and networking, all of which result when professional artists interact with students, transforming the classroom setting and invigorating the traditional academic curriculum. Modeled after the internship experience so prevalent in other professions, this “internship in reverse” brings the professional into the classroom for dynamic interaction with students. Innovative projects using mixed media approaches to both hand printed and digital imagery will be presented. This projects have served to interface visiting international and Washington, DC artists with students from area arts institutions, including Pyramid Atlantic and George Mason University.
SUSAN GOLDMAN is an internationally recognized artist and master printer. She is owner/operator of Lily Press. She is Adjunct Professor of Printmaking at George Mason University and was the Coordinator for the 2005 Southern Graphics Council International Conference “Power in Print”, held in Washington, DC. Her most recent print project collaboration was with artist Jo Baer, producing a suite of screen prints co-published by Brooke Alexander Gallery, NY and Rutgers Innovative Center for Print and Paper, Rutgers University, NJ. She is Founder and Co-Curator since 1993 of the interdisciplinary community arts project, The Art of Work, The Work of Art ©, which most recent venue was the Art Center/South Florida in Miami, Florida. From 1990 - 2000 she was Pyramid Atlantic’s Special Projects Coordinator, Master Printer, and Book Arts Fair Coordinator. Her work appears in numerous collections including American University, Charles E. Smith Collection, Washington, DC; Library of Congress, Washington, DC; Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; Rutgers Archives for Printmaking Studios at the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick, NJ; KPMG Consulting, Washington, DC; AT&T, Alexandria, VA; Westinghouse, Chicago, IL; Amnesty International, Washington, DC; Champion International Paper, Philadelphia, PA. Her most recent exhibitions include “Power Point”, Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; “Domestic Policy”, District Fine Arts Gallery, Washington, DC, “Collaboration as a Medium, 25 Years of Pyramid Atlantic”, Pepco Gallery, Washington, DC; “Monotypes”, 5+5 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; “4th International Print Triennale 2003”, Cairo, Egypt; “History As Muse”, Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, Frederick, MD; “Vessels”, Alex Gallery, Washington, DC; “Masters of the Print: International Print Show”, 416 West Gallery, Denison, TX; “Pushing Paper, Prints & Artists Books from Pyramid Atlantic”, Hand Workshop Art Center, Richmond, VA; “In Praise of Paper: An Exhibit of American and Vietnamese Artists”, Hanoi College of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam; “Crossing over Consortium Exhibition”, Swedish-American Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; “Contemporary Collaborations - The Artist and the Master Printer”, Sheehan Gallery, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA; “Works on Paper: 22” Moussem, Assilah Foundation, Assilah, Morocco. She received her MFA in printmaking, Arizona State University, Tempe in 1984 and her BFA, printmaking, Indiana University, Bloomington in 1981.