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Saxton, Richard W W Associate Professor

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  • Professor Richard Saxton is an artist whose work focuses primarily on rural knowledge and landscape. Saxton’s work is conceived through an interdisciplinary cultural framework, and has been described as contemporary vernacular, non-heroic, and an art infused with rural experience without subscribing to any one genre or culture. Saxton is the founder of M12 STUDIO, an interdisciplinary collaborative art studio focused on context and place in the rural American West. M12 projects allow for research, fieldwork, design and construction to merge, creating a layered collection of artworks, images and artifacts. Saxton's artworks take form through sculptural installation, sound and video, books, vinyl, and photographic and research-based archives.

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  • sculpture, context-based art, rural space, fieldwork, site-based art, spatial practice, social practice, social-sculpture, architecture, social-architecture, landscape, environment, design, image-based research, built environments, installation, public art, rural communities

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  • ARTS 2384 - Fleeting and Found 1: Ephemeral Sculpture 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on introductory level processes of creating sculpture projects which are ephemeral and temporary. Themes of process, lifespan, migration, tension, entropy, and degradation will be explored. This course will include lectures, readings and discussions, writing assignments, studio projects, and visual presentations.
  • ARTS 3384 - Fleeting and Found 2: Ephemeral Sculpture 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Focuses on creating sculpture projects which are ephemeral and temporary. Themes of process, lifespan, migration, tension, entropy and degradation will be explored. Includes lectures, readings and discussions, writing assignments, studio projects and visual presentations. Recommended prerequisites: ARTS 2504 and ARTS 2524.
  • ARTS 4444 - Art and Rural Environments Field School
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Puts students in touch with various rural landscapes in Colorado. Takes place off campus each summer during Maymester. Focuses on site-based approaches to art creation and is designed as an experiential course, meaning that students learn through the experience of place and then by the process of making. After introductions to each site, students will be responsible for a site interpretation piece utilizing various mediums including photography, drawing, land art and collaboration. Recommended prerequisite: ARTS 2504. Same as ARTS 5444.
  • ARTS 4504 - Advanced Sculpture Studio
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Students in this course will be required to complete projects, participate in group critiques of projects, produce a slide presentation on a contemporary artist whose work/practice fits within the theme of the course and prepare a final portfolio. Studio work and demonstrations will be augmented by readings and discussions on contemporary art. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • ARTS 5444 - Art and Rural Environments Field School
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018 / Summer 2019
    Puts students in touch with various rural landscapes in Colorado. Takes place off campus each summer during Maymester. Focuses on site-based approaches to art creation and is designed as an experiential course, meaning that students learn through the experience of place, and then by the process of making. After introductions to each site, students will be responsible for a site interpretation piece utilizing various mediums including photography, drawing, land art and collaboration. Same as ARTS 4444.
  • ARTS 5504 - Graduate Sculpture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    May be repeated up to 18 credit hours.
  • ARTS 5717 - Graduate Studio Critique
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours with any single faculty member.

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