While the basis of this class focuses on, "What is art?", it has asked each of us a different question- "Who are we as people?". It has opened our eyes to a wonderful realm of art, creativity, and identity, and was one of the most stimulating classes I have ever taken.
~~ Mark Malloy
"By welcoming other professors such as Joe Meiser, Barry Long, Dustyn Martincich, Harriet Rosenberg, Elaine Williams, Alexander Riley, Shara McCallum, Tulu Bayar, Robert Gainer, Petra Kuppers (partnered with performer Neil Marcus), as well as photographers Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Myra Greene, our overall perspective of art and creativity soared out of the Samek Art Gallery like a bald eagle over the Rocky Mountains. While this course was intensive and demanding, the time in class was inspiring and relaxing. In each class, the power of art and creativity was explained, critiqued, and presented to us in a new and exciting way. In addition to a wonderful collage of professors, there was a dedicated and spirited student body, eager to learn all they could about the beauty of creativity.
While art was at the core of the course, creativity was the most powerful and prevalent theme of the class. As humans, we see art through the creativity of others. According to dictionary.com, creativity is defined as 'the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.' While that is a loaded explanation of a very universal and abstract word, creativity simply means, 'Doing something that is new to you.' It allows for the world to continue to move forward, and for humans to continue adapting."