This year’s freshmen are turning a pre-college homework assignment into an exhibition.
Each year incoming freshmen are assigned a book to read. They must complete a reflection paper and attend a lecture during the welcome assembly.
The program has been around for four years and this year it is adding an additional element, an art exhibition.
This year, students were assigned to read Jonathon Safran Foer’s novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
“The main goal of the program is to challenge the incoming students to think critically and make connections between the art making process and the text we have chosen,” said Jason Bowser, director of student activities and orientation. “We hope to create a shared experience for incoming students to make connections with each other through conversations on a common topic.”
The Bexley Community Book Club will be coincidentally celebrating the works of Jonathon Safran Foer through a year of various community events.
“I live in Bexley and learned that Foer would be the Bexley Community Book Club’s author this year,” said Chris Yates, associate professor at CCAD. “Since CCAD had selected Foer for our freshman reading, I contacted them to ask if we could partner in some way.”
Yates suggested sponsoring an art exhibition. They agreed and CCAD moved forward as a community partner.
The work submitted to the exhibition will be from CCAD’s current freshmen and all art must be inspired by the assigned novel.
Freshmen can participate through a class project or individually. The top three projects will receive gift certificates to the supply store.
The project communicates to incoming students that “in order to do art with societal significance and impact, you will need to read, write, and interact with the world in ways which might not be strictly and solely visual,” said Bowser.
Jonathon Safran Foer is an American author best known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated, Eating Animals, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
The CCAD exhibition will be on display from Dec. 12–Feb. 10 in the Acock Gallery on the second floor of the Canzani Center. A reception will be held on Dec. 12, 5-7 p.m.
The exhibition is not open Dec. 22–Jan. 2 when the CCAD campus is closed.
To read more about the events involved with the Bexley Community Book Club, click here.
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