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Annual Student CAPP Award

Every year the Committee on Art in Public Places honors a senior major in the Program in Studio Art for outstanding artistic achievement. The chosen student receives a modest cash prize, and a work from his or her oeuvre is selected to be displayed somewhere on campus for a period of two years.

For 2018 the Committee has chosen to honor Emma Harnett ’18. Emma’s work has been installed on the second floor of the Davis Family Library.

Studio Art Learning Goals

We want our students to possess a high degree of visual literacy and intellectual curiosity about art and culture.

Our teaching practice gives students the tools to understand art from the experience of making it. These tools are informed from the study of art history and contemporary practice.

Studio students are required to relate their knowledge of art to larger intellectual and cultural discourse within the liberal arts. Our teaching nourishes ideational cross-pollination between Studio Art and other departments.

The Studio Art program is housed in the Christian A. Johnson Memorial Building. A classic of 1960's architecture, the Johnson Building boasts large art studios overlooking the idyllic town of Middlebury. Two-story windows flood the studios with natural light and provide extraordinary views of the Green Mountains. Our building's centerpiece is the open, three-story atrium space used for critiques, demonstrations, performances, installations, student shows, and public events. The Johnson building is also home to the Architectural Studies track within the History of Art programs.

Student exhibit 'The Sum is Greater' appears at 51 Main

51 Main in downtown Middlebury hosted an art exhibition entitled “The Sum is Greater,” featuring the artwork of students enrolled in the winter term course “Invoking the Third Mind: Conversations & Collaborations Between Artists,” co-taught by Louisa Conrad & Lucas Farrell. The title of the course paid tribute to William Burroughs, who argued that through the process of collaboration an anonymous, disembodied, and superior “third mind” is created. Students have researched and discussed a history of direct influence, pursued their own collaborative projects, and embraced the notion that art can emerge from dialogue, transcend the limits of an individual’s imagination, and have a social component.