For the past 14 years Grady Gerbracht has led workshops internationally and taught at top colleges and universities. The following is not a complete list of institutions or of courses taught, it is intended to illustrate both the range and the focus of his research and teaching. When possible links are provided to course materials, syllabi, course outlines and documentation of student work.
Sculpture: Material & Immaterial The spectrum of artistic practices that lies between the extremes of material and immaterial is the focus of this production and critique-oriented course. Projects involving sound, performativity, institutional critique, site specificity and a dialogic relationship with architecture and the environment are encouraged. Click here for documentation of student work from this course
ARS 580 Visual Arts Seminar Graduate studio/seminar focuses on improving students abilities to articulate themselves with regard to their work and developing connections to the art world. M.F.A. candidates regularly participate in critiques in which their work is analyzed by guest faculty and art history/criticism faculty and graduate students, as well as by their peers. Field trips to museums, galleries, artists’ studios and other events introduce students to the professional art world.
ARS 560 Graduate Sculpture The spectrum of artistic practices that lies between the extremes of material and immaterial is the focus of this production and critique-oriented course. Projects involving sound, performativity, institutional critique, site specificity and a dialogic relationship with architecture and the environment are encouraged.
ARS 550 In Process Critique Graduate theory and practice of art, investigating historical and contemporary concepts, concentrating on individual development as an artist through critique of works in progress. The course provides students with vigorous critical feedback, augmented with readings and discussions of related New York City exhibitions in galleries and museums to inform the development of their work.
ARS 492 Senior Seminar Advanced undergraduate course focusing on studio production, critical skills and applications for funding and graduate studies culminating in the production of a student produced exhibition in the Tabler Art Gallery. Students are responsible for all aspects of the exhibition from making and selecting the work to designing and distributing invitations, installing work, managing publicity and documentation.
ARS 359 Conceptual Drawing Advanced undergraduate course focusing on the great variety of uses for the medium of drawing which are not strictly representational, and the conceptual dimensions of the medium.
AMT 317 Interactive Performance, Media & Midi A multi-disciplinary Undergraduate production class for students from the departments of Art, Music and Theater that explores the possibilities of interactive media through image, sound and performance.
ARS 326 Theory and Practice of Digital Arts: Video An introduction to the practice, theory, and history of video and animation within art and independent media through labs, lecture, readings and project critiques. Video production includes shooting video and editing.
ARS 325 Theory & Practice of Electronic Media: Print Undergraduate studio art course which focuses on the production of print centered works of art, including archival digital prints, self published books, multiples and installations. Through lectures, labs, readings and critiques we explore digital imaging from practical and conceptual standpoints
ARS 205 Idea and Form Undergraduate introduction to the basic building blocks for artistic practice and aesthetic analysis. Projects, readings, presentations, and discus sions, examine the importance of a changing cultural, environmental, and social context and its impact on meaning and perception in art and visual culture.
ACH 102.22 Between the Frames: Art, Architecture & Cinema Undergraduate course is an investigation of notions of space as they are articulated within and beyond the disciplines of fine art, architecture and cinema.
ARS 330 Beyond the Third Dimension Undergraduate course focusing on the basic issues of three dimensional design as they have been expanded by the proliferation of new media and technologies deployed in the production of contemporary fine and commercial art.
The College of New Jersey, Department of Art & Art History, Digital Arts Area
ADA 385 Interactive Art An introduction to computer programming and interaction design for visual artists. We begin by interrogating the notion of interactivity – seeking a deeper understanding of this over used and under considered term through the combined use of aesthetics and psychology to solicit viewer participation, creative performance, improvisation and play.
ADA 180 Imaging I a studio art course which focuses on the production of print centered works of art, including archival digital prints, self published books, multiples and installations. Click here for documentation of student work from this course
ADA 288 Web Art, Design and Culture An investigation of practical, historical, and theoretical issues related to art and design on the Internet. Students write short essays, work with HTML, CSS & basic jQuery plugins to create web-based artworks, and design an information-based site. Beyond acquiring these basic skills, emphasis is on examining the history of the Internet, cultural implications of web technologies, and creative use of web technologies.
Sonic Arts Workshop an introduction to basic sound recording mixing manipulation and mastering of digital audio for artists.
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Art, Architecture and Art History
Art 231 Photography II gives students opportunities to experiment with both traditional and non-traditional materials are presented in relation to explorations in “documentary,” performative, textual, and site-specific practices. All courses include a theoretical component where photography is discussed within the larger framework of visual culture.
Art 275 Digital Media: Still Image engages the means, methods and practices of captured image making using digital formats. Students learn the digital workflow while focusing on the formal concerns of pictorial organization using structured work methods. With an understanding that the computer itself is a meta-medium, students are encouraged to incorporate different media into their projects.
Art 795 Graduate Seminar a graduate level studio/seminar that focuses on improving students abilities to articulate themselves with regard to their work and developing connections to the professional art world. Weekly Critiques, readings, presentations and discussions are augmented by a series of three visiting artists who lecture on their own work and visit MFA candidates studios to discuss and critique their work.