Dark Study

is creating an experimental, virtual art education.




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About Dark Study

Hello from Caitlin, Nora, and Nicole of Dark Study, 

We are three professors working in fine art and design programs. We are further, between us, a Black American woman, a Korean-American woman, and a Bangladeshi-American woman who have found common purpose in teaching directly from our shared struggles to realize creative practices on our own terms and in our own words. We see our students navigating familiar stories of precarity in 2020, while recognizing how their challenges are even more tremendous: an overwhelming cost of education, as well as the prevalence of white supremacy, both within a collapsing society. We see our adjunct colleagues working in higher education confronting layoffs, furloughs, and unemployment. We want to address this present state of affairs - of our shared precarity with students - through an educational arts program of a different kind, one that puts students first while respecting the labor of our educators.

We are raising money so that we can pay our amazing instructors and advisors, while keeping the cost of education to a minimum for enrolled students. Our goal is for our program to be free for students. Times have been especially difficult for both students and educators with the onset of COVID; the pandemic magnified problems that were already pervasive and entrenched in our society. We aim for Dark Study to provide a community for those who have found the university to be a place of hostility. We aim to strongly support those who have been pushed out of the school system with our teaching, our own experience, and our deep commitment to their art practices. Please read our mission and about our directors and advisors. Over the next weeks, we will release more details about pedagogy, style, and the application process for students. We hope you will support us, and share word of Dark Study far and wide.

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