Robert L. Peters

30 May 2006

Peters receives the Koopman Chair at the Hartford School of Art

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Hartford, Connecticut

Since February, I have been teaching a studio course here at the University of Hartford, as a recipient of the Hartford Art School’s Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts. The course I developed (in the Visual Communication Design Department) was entitled “Cause an Effect,” and consisted of three topical modules relating to globalism and cross-cultural issues: Identity in a rapidly shrinking world; Response (the relationship of power to responsibility); and, Connections (connectivity, commonality, collaboration).

Teaching involved an intense four-day visit/session in Hartford in each of the past months along with international guest collaborator/critics that I was able to invite to participate (through the school’s visiting artists program), along with interstitial weekly student submissions and online exchanges. In addition, the Koopman Chair offered the opportunity for a public presentation (the Koopman Lecture) and display of my work in the exhibition Symbols, Icons, & Indices—Signs of the Times at the Joseloff Gallery, Hartford School of Art. I enjoyed working closely with a select group of talented and highly motivated U.S. students in providing “creative and intellectual stimulation and experiential learning at the intersection of passion, reason, and purpose.” More info re: the Hartford School of Art here.

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