AN OPEN BOOK
Richmond Center Gallery
Western Michigan University
February 20 – March 21, 2014
Presented in partnership with:
Education for the Arts (EFA)
The Richmond Center at Western Michigan University
BFA in Art Education Program at the Gwen Frostic School of Art, WMU
AN OPEN BOOK was installed by Western Michigan University (WMU) students, led by registrar and WMU collection curator, Mindi Bagnall. 135 WMU undergraduate Fine Arts students studied the exhibition as part of their curriculum.
The Arts Education Department at WMU used AN OPEN BOOK as a focus for their SMArt program, in which Arts Education students instruct students ages 7-14 in exhibition-based workshops. About 100 young students were able to study AN OPEN BOOK with SMArt in 2014.
Over 1,800 students visited and studied AN OPEN BOOK through Education For the Arts’ (EFA’s) Aesthetic Education Program. The exhibition was featured on EFA’s website for their teaching artists and educators.
A professional development for 70 Head Start teachers was organized by EFA around AN OPEN BOOK and as a result, over 600 Head Start students made art based on concepts in the exhibition. Their work was displayed as a part of Kalamazoo’s Art Hop in May 2014.