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Basler Chairholder Mary Jane Jacob to speak on ‘Process as Practice’

JOHNSON CITY – "Process as Practice" is the focus of a free public lecture by artist Mary Jane Jacob at East Tennessee State University on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Ball Hall auditorium.

Sponsored by the ETSU College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Art and Design, this is the third in a series of 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 is in residence at ETSU for the spring semester to teach "The Art of Living" at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Art and Design.

"The process is art and its product, no matter at what stage it be taken, is a work of art," said American philosopher John Dewey.

More than 50 years later, Jacob says, art critics still debate how social practice can be art when often there are no permanent art objects, and, in their terms, the only thing available is a shared community process. 

In her lecture, Jacob will look at process as an art practice and the concepts behind it.  She will consider the continuous nature of process in social art-making, the richness of collective exchange, and the potential of such processes in the hands of artists seeking to make social change.

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.

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