Professor Nicgorski's American Museums Class

ASP students really enjoyed Professor Ann Nicgorski’s class: American Studies-B:  The American Museum. The goal of this course is to study American culture and society through an analysis of traditional and contemporary American values, social institutions, and means of expression.   Designed to introduce students to the American museum as a distinctive, democratic, cultural institution.

Students were visited by Elizabeth Garrison, Education Curator at Willamette's Hallie Ford Museum of Art as a guest speaker, and they learned about what she does, and did a mosaic project that she designed for elementary school students. In the mosaic projects, you can see the influence of Middle Eastern textiles, Op Art and Pop Art, video games, and Disney!  Students also made a close study of selected prints from the museum's collection by Native-American, Arab-American, African-American, and Spanish-American artists from the Pacific Northwest.

Students also visited the Chachalu Museum on the Grand Ronde Indian Reservation, and the Oregon Historical Society Museum and Portland Art Museum in Portland, Oregon.

Here are some photos from their fieldtrips during the classes.

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