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This exhibition features artistic objects that resulted from an undergraduate research and service-learning project established on a methodology of arts based inquiry. Creative exploration is the primary investigatory method in an arts based research approach. Experiential learning conforms to a core tenet of constructivist learning theory that defines learning as an active process in which a learner constructs his or her knowledge (Efland, 2002). In the case of artistic inquiry, learning entails active construction of knowledge through hands on exploration and experimentation, which are interwoven with and shaped by creative thinking.” (Marshall, 2010, p.16) This exhibition of hand printed letterpress broadsides represents one project of the work of the faculty and students engaged with this work, and seeks to clarify the unique outcomes of the research method employed.

Efland, Arthur (2002). Art and cognition. New York: Teachers College.

Marshall, Julia. “Thinking Outside and On the Box: Creativity and Inquiry in Art PracticeArt Education; Mar 2010; 63, 2; ProQuest, p. 16


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  • Subject
    • Visual Arts

  • Event date
    • 11 November 2016

  • Date submitted

    18 July 2022

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    • Author Biography:

      Chris Dockery holds an M.F.A. from Clemson University and a Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. She is the coordinator of the art education program in the Department of Visual Arts and the Appalachian Teaching Fellow for the Georgia Appalachian Studies Center at University of North Georgia. She facilitates undergraduate research projects with students from many disciplines to consider issues relevant to Appalachia and build community around the creative making of things. In her academic research, Chris explores alternative approaches to creative education. Her dissertation entitled, "Picturing Utopia: A Collective Portrait of Three Craft Schools of the Southern Highlands" (2008) examines the craft school as a historical model of progressive pedagogy and instruction in training individuals in creative media and pursuit. Chris has utilized her research findings in her own approach to visual arts education both in the studio and in training students to teach art in a school environment. She is the co-author of "Finding Balance in Contemporary Foundations Programs". (2006-2007). FATE in Review.Vol. 28. and author of "Heirloom Seed and Story Keepers: Arts Based Research as Community Discourse in Southern Appalachia". Journal of Appalachian Studies, Vol 20. No 1. and "Farm School: Arts Based Methodology of Meaning and Memory Recalling The Lynn Bachman School and its Contributions to the Education of Mountain Youth in the Southern Highlands.”. She has presented this work at a number of national and regional organizational conferences including the National Art Education Association and the Appalachian Studies Association. As a visual artist, Chris’ work explores notions of domestic ritual, symbolic alchemy, cultural narrative and personal mythology. She works in diverse media including oil painting, egg tempera, encaustic, and fresco which often move beyond the concept of painting evolving into sculptural, collage infused structures that feature embroidery, appliqué and other physical alterations. She is also the studio coordinator for Book Arts & Letterpress at UNG and has worked in a number of collaborative capacities to create a series of limited edition handmade artists’ books and letterpress broadsides. She is the owner and proprietor of Hound Dog Democratic Press, an independent letterpress endeavor that complements her book arts production. She has conducted professional workshops in her varied areas of artistic interest and her work has been featured in local, regional and national exhibitions and collections including Missouri Western State University and the collections of King and Spaulding, LLP, and the University of North Georgia. Chris sees her academic research, her artistic work, and her service to the community, and the profession as a means to the same end. She is a product of her Southern Highland heritage, a native of Murphy, North Carolina and infuses her devotion to the region and her Appalachian identity in all products of her creative and scholarly endeavors.