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Resources for Applied Art, Art History, and Visual Culture students.

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A unique, cutting-edge program within the Jordan College of Fine Arts, the Art Program focuses on the integration of Art and Design, combining studio practice and digital design within a broad liberal arts education. The principles of the Program present a radical vision of integration, ingenuity, sustainability and community. The Program offers both a Major and a Minor in Art + Design.  Courses include:

  • ART105, Introduction to Visual Culture: This lecture-based course provides a survey of art and visual culture from around the world from prehistory to postmodernism. It also presents an introduction to a variety of methods by which art and visual culture are customarily understood. It is designed to explore the relationship between art history and history, and between objects and key episodes in political, social and intellectual history.
  • ART107, Drawing: An introduction to the fundamentals of drawing as a medium of expression. The course introduces design principles and an appreciation of the history and practice of drawing.
  • ART210, Process: Art+Design Exploration: This course connects art + design practices and develops students' individual artistic sensibilities through projects including creation of a portfolio framework and creating a mini-thesis.
  • ART303, Photography: An exploration of electronic still photography as an art form. Digital manipulation, historical photographic sources and electronic still cameras are studied.
  • ART304, Depiction: An exploration of sequential art and book illustration methods and practices. The course encompasses the study of techniques used in creating sequential art in genres such as: graphic novels, comic books, comic strips, children's books and storyboards for animation.
  • ART305, Time and Motion: This course explores art forms that have a temporal component, including animation (flash, claymation and stop-motion), digital imaging, video and performance.
  • ART306, Interactive: This course is an exploration of art that provokes interaction with audiences, including web and information design, net art, video game design and relational art.
  • ART308, Structure: Graphic Design: This course provides an introduction to design concepts from an artistic and structural perspective. Students are introduced to a range of design problems and the work of several artists and designers. Emphasis is placed on the interplay of image, text and creativity in creating meaning.
  • ART311, Function: This course is an exploration product and packaging design. The class covers 2d, 3d, utilitarian and whimsical objects.
  • ART312, Design: History and Theory: This course provides an introduction to the history of Modern and Postmodern Design. It is expressly designed to explore the relationship between the design disciplines (graphic design, furniture design, architecture, textile design, interior design and fashion), as well as the dialogue between design history and design theory. This course provides an introduction to the history of Modern and Postmodern Design. It is expressly designed to explore the relationship between the design disciplines (graphic design, furniture design, architecture, textile design, interior design and fashion), as well as the dialogue between design history and design theory.
  • ART314, Museum as Theatre: This course considers aesthetic and theoretical issues that cross the boundaries between performance art and museum exhibition spaces. The course is discussion and activity-based and incorporates historical study, direct experience, critical analysis and research at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Prerequisites: ART 105, or Junior or Senior standing, or permission of instructor.
  • ART315, Postmodernism in the Arts: Introduction to postmodernist theory as it applies to studio art, theater, dance and music.  Postmodern forms of art such as installation, video art, performance art and happenings will be discussed.
  • ART322, Painting: This course will cover the elements of painting, especially painting from observation, while introducing aesthetic issues that pertain to the visual arts. The class will expose the student to a broad range of ideas and approaches relating to painting and the visual arts.
  • ART360, Space: The focus of this course is the creation of 3 dimensional works utilizing traditional and nontraditional materials. Discussions, lectures and critiques will explore and emphasize concept, materials, space, form, site, presentation, craft, and context.
  • ART411, Thesis: Art+Design: This course centers on the creation of a comprehensive thesis project based in art and design.  Students in the course will also create a professional portfolio or add to an existing one.  The thesis will consist of one or more artistic investigations of a pressing question, theme or idea.
  • ART451, 452, 453, Internship: On the job experience or apprenticeship related to the student's interests or degree objectives.

The Butler Libraries seek to provide resources in various formats that support learning and research in these areas.  This guide is designed to help make you, the user, more aware of the various kinds and types of resources available to you.  The resources on this guide do not constitute an exhaustive list.  They have been selected as a representative sampling designed to help get you started in your research on aspects of art history.

Performing and Fine Arts Librarian

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Sheri Stormes
Irwin Library, Room 130

Phone: 317 940-9218

Fax: 317 940-9711

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Your Librarian

At Butler, a librarian with appropriate expertise and interest is assigned to be a liaison to each of the major subject areas taught at the University.  Sheri Stormes is the liaison to Butler's Jordan College of Fine Arts and the art history courses associated with it.  She is responsible for ordering materials and answering reference and research questions rrelating to art history and for providing instruction relating to the discovery, evaluation, and use of art history-related materials in the Butler Libraries and elsewhere.

 Sheri is available to assist you with art history research and other questions relating to the library from 8 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday.

Her office is Room 119B on the main floor of the Irwin Library.   Additional contact information is available in the box to the right of this one.

The important thing to remember is:  Sheri is here to help you!  Feel free to contact her with any questions you might have relating to the Library and/or any of its resources for the subjects taught in the Jordan College of Fine Arts!


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