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Senior Exhibition

Course Details

Course Number
Art 4923
Section Number
Art 4923
Spring 2018
Fain Fine Arts Center
Classroom Number
Gary Goldberg (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives

Art 4923 201   Senior Exhibition                   Spring 2018

Teacher of record:

Professor Gary Goldberg

Office Fain C115

(940) 397-4283 work

(940) 782-0884 cell

Meeting time Monday/Wednesday 12:30 pm- 1:50 pm Fain Computer Lab C115F

Office Hours MW 8:00a.m. – 12:00 noon

Suggested Texts:

Emerging Artist, Margaret R. Lazzari, Wadsworth Cengage Learning,

ISBN 13:978-0-495-91026-8

The Critique Handbook, Kendall Buster & Paula Crawford, Prentice Hall

ISBN 13:978-0-205-70811-6



This class is designed to be taken in the Fall of each year to accommodate both Fall and Spring graduates of an academic year. To be enrolled in this class you must have filed for graduation and taken English usage exam or class. This class is open to graduating BFA Art Seniors who will graduate in the academic year that the class is taken. This course will help guide each student through the process of having a successful Senior Exhibition. There will be weekly assignments to that will guide your through this important capstone course. Students will help install two gallery exhibitions and assist with one gallery opening.


Course objectives:

Create a one-person or group exhibition of a cohesive body of work

Create a resume

Create an artist statement

Create a post card

Create public relations material

Create a portfolio

Create a Blurb book

Create and present a Power Point or Prezi visual presentation of your exhibition




10%                Resume

20%                Artists Statement

10%                Publicity materials, including show announcement

20%                Power Point or Prezi Presentation

30%                Exhibition, including installation and leaving the gallery clean after show

10%                Blurb book documenting Senior Exhibition

Senior Exhibition Dates May 4- June 1, 2018



Students enrolled in the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of Visual Arts must comply with the following department-wide Attendance and Lateness Policy: Students arriving ten minutes after class begins will be considered late, and will be counted absent.

·      THREE late arrivals counts as a single absence.

·      Students may be absent from class THREE times without penalty and without providing any documentation regarding the absence.

·      If students incur a FOURTH absence, their final course evaluation will be reduced by a full letter grade.

·      If students are absent or late FIVE times, whatever the reason, they will receive a FAILING GRADE, be dropped from the class roll, and be asked to stop attending class.

Faculty members have the discretion to make exceptions to this policy based on individual circumstances.

The Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.








Academic Dishonesty and Student Honor Creed:

The university policy and procedures for academic dishonesty are outlined in the current Student Handbook in Appendix E. No cheating, collusion, or plagiarism will be tolerated in this class.  Any student engaging in an academic dishonest act will be sanctioned appropriately. 

 Enrollment in this class constitutes an acceptance to adhere to the Student Honor Creed and all other student conduct policies outlined in the university Student Handbook.

 Conduct statement:

Classroom behavior that interferes with either the instructor’s ability to conduct the class or the ability of other students to benefit from the instruction will result in the instructor’s removing the disruptive student(s) from the class, either temporarily or permanently (instructor drop), and receive a final lower grade, up to and including an F.


Electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, iPods, iPads, personal computers, etc.) are not allowed to be used in class except with the expressed authorization of the instructor.  Absolutely no texting will be tolerated.  The use of any recording devices or recording media during the class and lectures is strictly prohibited. Students in violation to these rules will be sanctioned at the discretion of the instructor, and penalties may include lowering of the student’s grade, up to and including an F, and to include an instructor drop.


The instructor reserves the right to initiate an instructor drop with a grade or W, WF, or F, as specified in the Student Handbook (see link above) for reasons to include attendance issues, academic performance in the class, indifferent attitude, or disruptive conduct.


Each student must attend two MSU Gallery openings or write a two-page paper. The dates and names of these events are as follows:









Gary Goldberg                                                

Art 4923 101 – Senior Exhibition

MW 12:30-1:50

Dates and topics are subject to change




Jan. 16

Introduction to class, Read Chapter 1


Jan. 18

Bring in work, what is in your Senior Show, start discussion on artists statement


Jan. 23

No Class, Labor Day



 Artist Statement: What? How? Why?


Jan. 30

Describe your work, (what does it look like) and discus why you make it


Jan. 31

Lab time working on artist statement


Feb. 6

First draft of artists statement due, read out loud


Feb.  8

Resume, Look at and discus CAA Art Resume


Feb. 13

Demonstration on photographing artwork


Feb. 15

Everyone photographs artwork


Feb. 20

 Introduction on creating postcard


Feb. 22

Lab work on postcard


Feb. 27

Introduction on PPP


March 1

Lab work on PPP


March 6

Introduction on Blub Book


March 8

Lab work on Blurb Book. Order all framing materials







March 20

Spring Break  12-16


Gather mailing and emailing address lists


March 22

Lab work on lists


March 27

Post Cards due/Critique


March 29

Explore and plan exhibition space


April 3

Draw floor plan


April 5

Turn in printed postcards


April 10

 Practice in class PPP


April 12

Examine completed artwork for exhibition


April 17

No Class on Nov 22 Thanksgiving


April 19

Dry run of exhibition


April 24

Finish all work, LAB


April 26

 Install exhibition


May 1

 Install Exhibition


May 4

Senior Exhibitions open


May 4

Power Points Presentations 2:00 pm


Final Exam 05/03/2018 12:30
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

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