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Letter from the Provost

Letter from the Provost

December 15, 2016

Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the inaugural edition of “Faculty Matters.” The title is taken from our monthly faculty meeting agenda and represents the things that we as faculty care about.  Each edition will profile a department (or sometimes two) and will be designed by the members of the department, based on their sense of themselves, their interests, and the achievements of their faculty, staff, and students.

This issue is about our art department. As sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz once remarked, “Art does not solve problems, but makes us aware of their existence. It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine."[1]

Art does indeed play an important role in our communities and at our college. On our campus, we have an avowed dedication to diversity and learning to appreciate diversity in expression can serve to help us understand one another better. As teachers, we often remark on our desire to find ways to inculcate creativity and curiosity. Art departments play a vital role in just this kind of education, and in addition, they help us understand ourselves, others, nature, and civilization--no small feat!

Let me share another quote. This one from Archibald MacLeish: “Anything can make us look, only art can make us see.”[2]Take some time to look through the creations of our art department. You will see transformative imagination at work.

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Cynthia Kosso, Provost and Dean of Faculty