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Basler Chairholder Mary Jane Jacob to speak on ‘What’s Art Good For?’

Mary Jane Jacob

JOHNSON CITY (Nov. 26, 2013) – “What’s Art Good For?”  Artist Mary Jane Jacob will address this question on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in East Tennessee State University’s Ball Hall auditorium.

In her talk, Jacob will explore why art is useful to learn, see, hear or experience, and how it may support institutions and public life.  She will draw upon the ideas of 20th century philosopher John Dewey who, she says, “sought to make the case for art and bring it into our national, civic identity.”

Sponsored by the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Art and Design, this is the second of four free public lectures by Jacob, the 2013-14 chairholder of ETSU’s Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science.  She will be in residence at ETSU during the spring 2014 semester to teach “The Art of Living,” which will be offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Art and Design.

Jacob is professor and executive director of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where she is currently spearheading a major research project on Chicago social practice.  The project is funded by an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts fellowship.

Created in 1994, the Wayne G. Basler Chair of Excellence for the Integration of the Arts, Rhetoric and Science is named in honor of a longtime member of the ETSU Foundation who is a strong advocate of programs at the university and has a deep commitment to the liberal arts. 

The Chair of Excellence brings a variety of scholars to the community to broaden opportunities for students and the general public in the arts, humanities and science. 

For more information, call the Department of Art and Design at (423) 439-4247.  For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at (423) 439-8346.