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Our research activities leverage our skills and experiences as artists and scholars to create impactful learning engagements with students through material investigation, cultural exploration and social participation.

Gregory Sale & Julio César Morales

Beginning in Spring 2021 with Art and Social Justice (ART 494) and then developing into a Fall 2021 graduate-level seminar Art and Justice (ARA 591) and taught with former ASU Art Museum curator Julio César MoralesGregory Sale co-led a collaborative, transdisciplinary exploration into the ways in which academia can embrace system-impacted leaders while contributing to the learning of ASU students. Students and community justice scholars engaged with one another throughout the year, culminating in 12 collaborative public programs in response to and as part of ASU Art Museum's 2021 exhibition "Undoing Time: Art and the Histories of Incarceration." For a full day, the collective "took over" the museum to de-center notions of safety, imprisonment and control. The forming of the Art and Justice Leadership Cohort explores how a socially engaged art practice such as Future IDs can partner with academia and engage its power and its privilege to embrace justice-involved leaders, furthering their effectiveness as catalysts of social change.

Wanesia Misquadace

Each year, American Indian high school students gather on campus at Arizona State University — where more than 3,000 Indigenous students are enrolled — for INSPIRE, a no-cost college readiness program offered through the ASU Office of American Indian Initiatives. 

This year, faculty members from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts led hands-on creative workshops as part of the program. Nora Cherry  (Payómkawichum/Luiseño/Mission), recruitment and admissions coordinator for the School of Music, Dance and Theatre, facilitated the workshops with Herberger Institute faculty.

Assistant Professor Wanesia Misquadace from the School of Art is an enrolled member of the Minnesota Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe of the Fond Du Lac Band. She led an Indigenous metals workshop and a metal stamping cultural activity. Each student produced a handmade copper bowl as well as a stamped cuff bracelet and ring. 

Follow this link to read the entire story by Lacey Chaffee of AUS's School of Music, Dance and Theatre.

Dr. Cala Coats

In the spring of 2021, students in ARE 496 Methods and Assessment of Learning in Art collaborated with Dr. Jorge Lucero (Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Dr. Cala Coats (Associate Professor, ASU School of Art) to performatively rethink the potential of classroom management procedures through a series of creative actions that explored intersections of horseback riding and classroom management, including drawing, writing, and a performative challenge to dance together while balancing two Dowel rods. This concluded with a generative discussion, and the experience resulted in a collective book, “On Horse Riding & Classroom Management.”

Susan Beiner

Susan Beiner is a professor in the School of Art and has taught ceramics at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University since 2006. Her work has been described as "lush, intricate encrusted vessels and wall installations draw the viewer into another world where the line between nature and that which is man-made is blurred." Beiner is the Area Coordinator for the School of Art's Ceramics Area, named the #4 Ceramics Program in the US.

In a unique fusion of art and science, ceramics art students used high-resolution microscopic images of nature for inspiration, and science students used this experience to find new and creative ways to present scientific information.

More of Beiner's work with the Sculpting Science Events at ASU


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Shawn Lawson

Shawn Lawson received the Leonard Rebooted: Quantum Computing & Artificial Intelligence grant for work on the research project, XAI: Visual Guts. Production grant created by Da Vinci Labs, France and curated/coordinated by Quo Arts Foundation, Spain.

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