March 28, 2008

Exhibits > in Ankara + Duluth

In March 2008, work from the Turkish American Projects by University of Minnesota Duluth students is on exhibit at Baskent University in Ankara, Turkey. Congratulations to students whose work is included in this international exchange!

Tulip & Arabesque Online Exhibit

Tweed Museum of Art Exhibit (Fall 2007)

Conference + Exhibition in Ankara (Spring 2008)

I am not in Ankara, attending the Symposium of The Preservation of Cultural Heritage; New Methods and Applications, but I'm looking forward to a report from my colleagues who are presenting projects there and participating in the academic dialogue about cultural heritage. I knew my student's work would be traveling to be part of an exhibit, but I was uninformed about the potential link between our art + design projects and the more complex content of this symposium.

Since the symposium website links to this blog... I do have a few thoughts, perhaps worth including here...

Over the past few years, I have integrated several large assignments into my teaching which address cultural complexity in design, specifically related to the Turkish American Exchange projects. My goal has been to introduce students to aspects of global culture, identifying traditional formal roots in contemporary design. I have created projects that are appropriate to our digital design curriculum and integrated Turkish design influences into foundations courses. More advanced students have been asked to delve a bit deeper into contemporary Turkish design and to draw off of traditional literature. In each case, students benefit by expanding their their awareness of how culture travels across borders. Students begin to make connections between the visual culture they live in and the traditions and cross-fertilizations that feed it. This global and historical sensitization is crucial for any artist or designer today. I have long believed that design is a richly diverse activity that springs from all corners of culture and a vital tool for building bridges between diverse groups. My creative approach to teaching is more concerned with the evolution and re-integration of traditional culture, than with the preservation or conservation of it.

That said, I think it's important to point out that though one goal of my teaching has been the integration of influences from global culture into art foundations curriculum, it's primary focus is on design principles and digital techniques. Ours has been a creative process... introducing students to other ( and "othered") cultural artifacts as a first step in stimulating curiosity and formal invention.

-Joellyn Rock

October 27, 2007

Turkish American Projects Exhibit


Turkish American Projects Exhibit
work by art + design students from
University of Minnesota Duluth
Başkent University, Ankara,Turkey

Tweed Museum of Art
October 30 - December 30th, 2007
Reception 4pm - 6pm on December 11th

April 19, 2007


Tulip and Arabesque is an international collaboration that was initiated by:

Alison Aune, Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Minnesota Duluth
Joellyn Rock, Assistant Professor of Art + Design at the University of Minnesota Duluth

This collaboration has included:
Art Education and Digital Design students and faculty from the University of Minnesota Duluth
Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program grantees, Natalie Patrick and Amber Szerpicki
Elementary and Middle School age children from Duluth Minnesota

Graphic Design students and faculty from Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey

Special Thanks to our Turkish colleagues, professors Halime Fişenk and Murat Devrim Atilgan, and Dean Dr. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu of Başkent University, Ankara, Turkey.

This project was made possible with support from:
The Turkish American Alliance of the School of Fine Arts (SFA), University of Minnesota Duluth, Dean Jack Bowman and Julia Gillett, grant writer; SFA funding of two faculty Small Chancellor’s Grants and an American-Turkish Alliance Exchange Research Grant; SFA Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program grants to art and design students Natalie Patrick and Amber Szerpicki; Funding from The Office of International Programs (OIP) Interdisciplinary International Institutional Partnership Grants; The Department of Art + Design Head Virginia Jenkins; Professor Ron Marchese, Sociology and Anthropology, University of Minnesota Duluth and with donations from UMD Stores Art Supplies.

April 12, 2007

Guests from Başkent University

Three guests from the Arts, Design and Architecture department at Başkent University, Halime Fişenk, Murat Devrim Atilgan, and Dr. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu visited our campus in February 2007.

The guests met with faculty in Art and Design to discuss ongoing collaborative projects and future opportunities that may include an international education exchange. A public lecture was presented by Dr. Filiz Yenişehirlioğlu, dean, Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture and an art historian, on the topic of “Ottoman Tiles and Ceramics.?

Halime Fişenk, instructor, graphic design is working with Steve Bardolph, assistant professor in graphic design, on a project intended to facilitate a study of two cultures by students at two different design schools, through typography. Murat Devrim Atilgan, instructor, graphic design, is working with Alison Aune, associate professor in Art Education and with Joellyn Rock, assistant professor in graphic design, on the project, “Patterns for Peace: The Tulip and Arabesque: An On-line Exhibition Inspired by Turkish Decorative Arts."

UMD students participating in this project are studying traditional Turkish decorative designs of theme and space. They are creating images using botanical and geometric patterns combined with the theme of peace. An on-line exhibition of the works produced showcases the results of the projects.

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Turkish American Alliance

This Project is part of the University of Minnesota Duluth
School of Fine Arts Turkish American Alliance