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College of Arts and Sciences

Advisory Committee on Organization of the Arts

Our Vision

Our vision is a dynamic arts program in the vanguard of integrated research and outreach, where the arts work as a fundamental aspect of a transformative learning environment, and provide tangible examples of creativity, innovation, collaboration, and inclusiveness, advancing WSU toward its full potential.

Our Mission

The Advisory Committee on Organization of the Arts will collect information to provide the provost with a report on the status of the arts at WSU and propose recommendations on its composition and activities that support and elevate the university’s Drive to 25 initiative and modern land grant mission.

History

Formed by Provost Bernardo in April 2017, the Advisory Committee on Organization of the Arts is tasked with evaluating the current status of the arts in academic and non-academic units as well as proposing opportunities for enhanced coordination, expansion, and impact.

“The arts represent a critical component of any comprehensive university and are important to the educational experience of our students.  Significant and productive discussion has been occurring recently concerning how we might best organize our programs and activities in the arts.  Building off of these efforts, I am establishing a committee charged with developing a proposal for more coordinated activities among the applied, fine, performing, and visual arts at WSU.  This committee will evaluate the current status of the arts in academic and non-academic units and propose opportunities for enhanced coordination, expansion, and impact.”

Daniel Bernardo, Memorandum to Faculty and Staff within the Arts, May 10, 2017

Reporting

In February 2018, the committee will submit a final report to the provost’s office, which will include a proposal for more coordinated activities among the applied, fine, performing, and visual arts at WSU.

The report will articulate:

  • Current challenges within academic arts and design programs, including undergraduate and graduate programs
  • Opportunities for expansion of arts and design undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs
  • Opportunities for enhanced connections between academic programs and the Museum of Art
  • Potential for the formation of a center or institute for the arts
  • Potential for the formation of a department or school of the arts

 

Submit your questions and ideas

We invite you to pose a question or an idea which focuses on the committee’s charge and could elevate the arts at Washington State University and beyond.

 

 

WSU Fine, Applied, and Performing Arts

Committee Members

Lori Wiest
Professor of music and associate dean of CAS (chair)

Kimberly Christen
Professor and director of Digital Technology and Culture

Kevin Haas
Professor of fine arts

Gregory Kessler
Professor and Interim director of School of Design and Construction

Kate McAteer
Assistant vice chancellor of academic affairs, WSU Tri-Cities

Squeak Meisel
Associate professor and chair of fine arts

Anna Maria Shannon
Interim director of the Museum of Art

Gail Siegel
Director of WSU Performing Arts

Mary Trotter
Clinical assistant professor of theatre arts

David Turnbull
Professor of music