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Gualala Arts Workshop
Live Your Art:
Reading and Discussion on Art and the Mind
Instructor: Jackie Baas

3rd Wednesdays, May 15 - September 18, 2013
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Brief introductory meeting: Wednesday, May 1 at 3:30 p.m.

Register by:   April 30, 2013
Tuition:   $50 members; $65 non-members
Materials:   See list of books, below

LIVE YOUR ART is a 5-month course of reading and discussion on art and the mind and will take the form of a reading group. Five books focusing on perception, creation and the nature of art experience will be read - one each month. The instructor will briefly introduce each book prior to reading, and lead discussion afterwards. The goal will be to better understand art as integral to life.

Month One: Nicholas Humphrey, Seeing Red: A Study in Consciousness, Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2009

Month Two: Eugen Herrigel, Zen in the Art of Archery, Vintage, 1999

Month Three: Leonard Korin, Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, Imperfect Publishing, 2008

Month Four: John Dewey, Art as Experience, Perigee Trade, 2005

Month Five: Mary Jane Jacob and Jacquelynn Baas, co-editors, Learning Mind: Experience into Art, University of California Press, 2010

Learning Mind cover

About the instructor

Jacquelynn Baas (BA Michigan State, PhD Michigan) was founding director of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, after having served as Hood Chief Curator and, previously, as Registrar and then Assistant to the Director at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. In 1988 she was appointed director of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Named Director Emeritus in 1999, she returned to BAM/PFA as Interim Director in 2007-08 and served as Interim Director for the Mills College Art Museum in 2008-09.

In 2000 Baas co-founded the arts consortium, "Awake: Art, Buddhism, and the Dimensions of Consciousness," which over the course of its five-year existence generated some fifty exhibitions, educational programs, artist residencies, and two books: Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art (California 2004) and Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today (California 2005). She is co-editor of Learning Mind: Experience into Art (California, 2009), Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life (Chicago 2011), and Chicago Makes Modern: How Creative Minds Changed Society (Chicago 2012).

Baas has organized over thirty exhibitions and has published, lectured and conducted numerous workshops on modern and contemporary art and architecture, with subjects ranging from print culture to the Mexican muralists to Asian perspectives in European and American art. She was curator for the 1990 exhibition, "The Independent Group: Postwar Britain and the Aesthetics of Plenty" (ICA London; LAMOCA; UC Berkeley; Hood Museum, Dartmouth; IVAM Valencia); for "No Boundary: Duchamp, Cage, and Mostly Fluxus" at the 2006 Gwangju Biennale; and for "Fluxus and the Essential Questions of Life," which traveled from Dartmouth to NYU and the University of Michigan in 1911-12 and was voted "Best Show in a University Gallery" by the American Chapter of the International Association of Art Critics. Jacquelynn Baas lives at The Sea Ranch with her husband Rob Elder.

See also: Gualala Arts Workshop Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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