Robert Reed taught drawing and painting for 50 years (Skidmore College 1965–69 and Yale University 1969–2014), received the 2004 College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art Award, and was the first African American professor tenured by the Yale School of Art. Documentation of his pedagogy and art is not accessible to the public, but his innovative curriculum and unique studio culture have influenced the teaching and creative practices of generations. He also taught many students who did not pursue art or design, but gained a visual literacy – an understanding of art and the built environment – that became a fundamental lens for their understanding their world.
The Robert Reed Drawing Workshops will consist of a total of four days of events which will curate of the work of the artist and educator Robert Reed, disseminate scholarship about Reed’s pedagogy, and expose a diverse group of college-level visual art and design students to an innovative drawing curriculum. The workshops will include a three-day event at Penn State and a one-day event in New York City at Hunter College’s MFA Studios and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
The workshops will be comprised of lectures, discussion panels, and drawing workshops. The curriculum for the workshops will be based on research of Reed’s pedagogy and curriculum and taught by Reed’s former students and Penn State faculty. The lectures and panels will be focus on key topics related to Reed’s teaching and painting. Concurrent with these events will be exhibitions of Reed’s drawings at the Palmer Museum of Art at the Pennsylvania State University and documents from his teaching archives in the Stuckeman School’s Rouse Gallery. An exhibition will also accompany the New York workshop.
And it just wouldn’t be right if we didn’t make a lot of drawings in the process.