Contemporary artists and students of art are increasingly required to represent visual ideas through writing (books, reviews & exhibition catalogs) although many have never received the training necessary to excel in this area.
As someone steeped in the lexicon of visual perception with its complex of systems and codes I've long been fascinated by writing as an art form but have never had the support or time to fully develop in this area.
I am asking for a course release to take a tutorial writing course with Professor John Hobbs at Oberlin College in the fall of 2011. Professor Hobbs is on sabbatical for 2011-12 after which he'll retire from Oberlin College . Professor Hobbs has generously agreed to offer this course (see attached syllabus and letter of support) while on sabbatical.
The skills I acquire from the tutorial will be directly applied to the following: the development of a future course in writing for the Art Department (Writing for Artists), a co-authored essay that is due for publication this fall, and a series of essays I'm writing for a future exhibition and catalog titled: Renewable Resources: Experiments in Art and Service.