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Sweetman, Alex John Associate Professor

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Research

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  • Primary research is in the area of print media, both photo chemical and photo mechanical reproduction in relation to the photographic image as it has appeared in print and now on screens and in projection. Emphasis is on the rise of visual culture and the development of intermedia art practices viewed from broadly interdisciplinary perspectives. Specialization is in the areas of the visual book as a container and vehicle for the transfer of visual information of all kinds, especially art production. I am currently preparing a study and exhibition on the history of the photography book (including photographically illustrated artists' books and zines) in the United States, 1839 to the present.

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  • history and theory of visual media, print media, visual books, especially photo chemical and photo mechanical illustrated books from the 19th and 20th centuries

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Teaching

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  • ARTS 1171 - Photography for Non-Majors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Introduces techniques and concepts of photography as art. Emphasizes photography as a means to formal and expressive ends. Students must have an adjustable film camera. Degree credit not granted for this course and ARTS 2171.
  • ARTS 3191 - Photography 3
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Continues the exploration of the possibility of individual photographic expression. Students are encouraged to discover and develop a personal position in relation to the medium. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ARTS 3937 - Internship
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Gives upper-division students the opportunity to work in public or private organizations on assignments relating to their career goals, and allows them to explore the relationship between theory and practice in their major. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • ARTS 4097 - Special Topics-Non-Studio
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Introduces timely subjects in the visual arts that cannot be offered on a regular basis. Information concerning the topics offered in any given semester is available prior to preregistration from the fine arts department. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as ARTS 5097.
  • ARTS 4717 - Studio Critique
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Summer 2019 / Spring 2020
    Consists of consultations with faculty on individual studio problems and projects. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department consent required.
  • ARTS 5097 - Special Topics-Non-Studio
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Introduces timely subjects in the visual arts that cannot be offered on a regular basis. Information concerning the topics offered in any given semester is available prior to preregistration from the fine arts department. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Same as ARTS 4097.
  • ARTS 5717 - Graduate Studio Critique
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2020
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours with any single faculty member.
  • ARTS 6957 - Master of Fine Arts Creative Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
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