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Inclusive Excellence Submission for
the Art Department

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Inclusive Excellence Goals & Outcomes
1. Our curriculum has kept pace with the concept of inclusive excellence quite specifically with two of its newest General Education courses: ART 301: World Art and ART 302: Visual Language in the Global Classroom. The title of the new course ART 160: General Art Foundations belies the fact that students in that course are introduced to diversity, inclusiveness, and excellence in the various disciplines of art. In this course, students conduct research from primary sources in major museums with diverse collections and relevant contemporary exhibitions. Students engage in studio practice that is grounded in an awareness of diversity, environmental issues, the self and the human condition.

2. Studio and art history courses build on this foundation and place inclusive excellence at the very center of creative activity and research. These diverse learning environments provide authentic experiences for students in their growth, learning, and achievement in visual art.

3. Faculty recruitment and retention practice value and practice inclusive excellence.

4. Student recruitment and retention reflects the department’s values and practice of inclusive excellence. Student research also reflects these values: two undergraduate research grant applications in October 2009 support this.
•Awareness Through Printmaking- Human Threats Imposed on Cambodian Coral Reef Ecosystems (Chelsie Heidke)
•To Study and Develop the Essence of Art: Zen Painting (Cedarose Siemon)

5. Inclusive excellence is reflected in the University Gallery programming, where exhibitions embody a variety of cultures and artistic practices. As a venue that intersects both with the community and with the campus learning environment, the gallery space allows students to engage in critical questions about all aspects of creativity and the human condition.

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