Homecoming 2019 set to celebrate 100th anniversary of art department

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 at 7:11 PM

In light of Edinboro University celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the art department this fall, 2019 Homecoming will have an art theme.

Students were given three specific concepts to choose from in a March 11 email: “100 Years of Art,” which would focus on art in the last century from artistic movements and genres; “Art and Innovation,” which would center on “the relationship between creativity and innovation”; and lastly,

“The Masters,” which is the exploration of famous artists and their work.
Edinboro first welcomed the arts to campus in 1920 when it began training art educators. In more recent time, the department has become quite decorated.

In 2016, the Animation Career Review ranked EU’s applied media arts program 18th on the East Coast and 17th nationally among public schools in its listing of the best animation programs in the U.S. In 2018, EU received the first accreditation for a graduate-level art therapy program from the Accreditation Council of Art Therapy Education (ACATE).

Professor and acting chairperson of the art department, William Mathie, expressed the important role he believes art plays in people’s lives:

“Everyone can afford to collect artwork and start celebrating these bits of joy. Consider what part of your life could use a bit of joy, and then search for a piece of artwork that can provide that joy.”

Mathie also made sure to mention the important role alumni have played in getting the department to where it is now.

“Our alumni have taught many generations of young people about art. They are also teaching in universities and are represented in galleries in all parts of the country. They have helped to produce a tremendous list of feature films, and [they] create wonderfully sensitive, visually engaging design and illustration work that piques our interest and awakens or imagination.”

A final theme for homecoming 2019 has yet to be announced, however it will not be the only time for Edinboro students to appreciate the arts.

According to Mathie, on top of homecoming, there will be several alumni exhibits “that should not be missed,” along with 30 additional exhibits in the Bates Student Gallery to celebrate the anniversary.

Mathie also stated that the university is currently working on moving one of the galleries and student shows to the library to makes it more convenient for students across campus to visit.

“Additional student shows are also planned in other library spaces,” Mathie said.

The upcoming year will offer students a year of art, starting with the upcoming homecoming, which is set for Oct. 19.

Stay tuned to future issues of The Spectator for coverage of 2019 Homecoming and the festivities surround 100 years of Edinboro’s art department.

Anisa Venner-Johnston | edinboro.spectator@gmail.com

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