Ampersand: Hybridity in Visual and Narrative Art

Fall 2021
Winter 2022
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 50
12 16 Credits per quarter
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The ampersand is a combination of two words that formed together over time. The Latin word "et"which translates into and as well as the Latin "per se" which translates into by itself . How can one symbol stand for something that indicates combination and singularity?

This two-quarter program explores transcending our own subjective positions to expand our ways of seeing. How do we see outside of ourselves? How do we learn through the eyes of the other? Exploring difference through national and geographic boundaries, migration, interculturalism, and interracialism, this program seeks to deepen dialogues about difference through art forms, asking questions about what tools we need to begin having these conversations.

Please note: this two-quarter program begins in fall as a 12-credit program to ground students in the theoretical frameworks and skills in drawing, painting, and writing. We will then continue into the winter quarter as a 16-credit program where students will have an opportunity to build independent projects in creative writing and visual art.

This is an intensive theory and practice-based program with reading, artistic research, painting, drawing and writing. Fall quarter will consist of building a background focused on readings, formal structures, and process methodologies, contemporary issues in art history, 2D studio skills and writing skills. Winter quarter will allow students to focus on building a major hybrid project that includes both narrative and visual art in response to the theme(s) of the program. Together we will embark on the slow and ethical unfolding of visual art and literary art and develop habits towards an intentional art creation that reaches beyond the surface. We will cultivate study/studio work by helping students set up a home studio workspace and we will foster a close-knit learning community with plenty of individual feedback from faculty and peer groups. If we are back on campus, we will have access to studio spaces and will have field trips to regional museums and galleries.

Program activities will include: skill-building workshops, lectures, seminars, and peer study. We will attend the Evergreen Art Lecture Series which presents a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art issues by artists, writers, activists and scholars. We will use the subjects and forms they bring to bear as a way to apply our themes to living issues. Program assignments will focus on close reading of images and texts, development of both creative writing and visual art, and composition of analytical arguments. We will examine fictional, theoretical, and artistic texts from the following creators: Herman Melville, Toni Morrison, Claudia Rankine, Lillian Smith, Jesmyn Ward, Kara Walker, Alice Neal, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Philip Guston, David Hammons, and theorists Albert Murray, Roland Barthes, Eric Lott, Stuart Hall, Althusser, Foucault and others.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a hybrid program, part in-person and part remote. Lectures, seminars, writing, workshops and peer study will be held remotely while some studio sessions in drawing and painting will take place in-person in small groups. Students will need access to high-speed internet, and a computer for synchronous (scheduled live participation) work using Canvas and Video Conferencing (Zoom).


Fall 2021 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (12): 10156
Winter 2022 Registration

Signature Required

Contact the faculty for additional information and permission to register if appropriate. 

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 20092

Academic details

Preparatory For

Creative writing, visual arts, and creative fields in the arts including education, publications, museum studies and curation. This program is preparatory for other lines of work in non-profits, business, and government that require creative and critical problem solving, collaborative planning and execution, design skills, research, writing and communication skills, risk-taking, and knowledge of visual culture.

Maximum Enrollment
Class Standing

$200 fall quarter and $225 in winter for project supplies and required studio fee


In Person or Remote
Hybrid (F)
Hybrid (W)
Time Offered
Schedule Evergreen link
see Schedule Evergreen for detailed schedule

First Meeting

Art Annex 2103 - Art Studio