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Lewis Center for the Arts

Chair

Paul B. Muldoon

Professor

Jill S. Dolan, also English, Theater

Jeffrey Eugenides, also Creative Writing

Su Friedrich, also Visual Arts

Chang-rae Lee, also Creative Writing

Susan Marshall, also Dance

Paul B. Muldoon, also Creative Writing

Joyce Carol Oates, also Creative Writing

James Richardson, also English, Creative Writing

Joseph S. Scanlan, also Visual Arts

P. Adams Sitney, also Visual Arts

Edmund V. White, also Creative Writing

Associate Professor

Stacy E. Wolf, also Theater

Susan Wheeler, also Creative Writing

Assistant Professor

Tracy K. Smith, also Creative Writing

Senior Lecturer

Eve M. Aschheim, also Visual Arts

Michael W. Cadden, also Theater

Rebecca J. Lazier, also Dance

Lecturer with Rank of Professor

C. K. Williams, also Creative Writing

Hodder Fellow

Cynthia Cruz, Creative Writing

Ellen Lewis, Theater

Zuwena Packer, Creative Writing


Established in 2007, the Lewis Center for the Arts is an academic unit designed to put the creative and performing arts at the heart of the Princeton experience. This initiative is based on the conviction that exposure to the arts, particularly to the experience of producing art, helps each of us make sense of our life and the lives of our neighbors. The Lewis Center for the Arts gives a new focus and force to the Programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts, and to the Princeton Atelier. It also has close links to the Center for African American Studies, School of Architecture, Department of Art and Archaeology, Council of the Humanities, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of Music, Princeton University Art Museum, and the McCarter Theatre Center. Students concentrating in molecular biology or mechanical engineering will be heartened to find that chemistry and physics, not to speak of mathematics, are all central to the idea of art-making. Students who are first and foremost interested in choreography, costume design, screenwriting, printmaking, photography, painting, poetry, or fiction writing, or indeed any aspect of the creative or performing arts, will discover that Princeton's faculty and facilities will be second to none.

Academic Opportunities in the Creative and Performing Arts

Certificate Programs. The certificate Programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Theater, and Visual Arts are offered under the auspices of the Lewis Center for the Arts, while the certificate Program in Musical Performance is offered under the auspices of the Department of Music. For information about their individual programs of study and course offerings, please refer to their separate entries in this catalog.

Academic Concentrations Involving Creative Work. Various academic departments offer special opportunities and tracks that involve creative work. The Department of English offers academic concentrations in English and creative writing and in English and theater (see their Program 4 and 5, respectively). The Department of Art and Archaeology offers a concentration in history of art and the visual arts. The Department of Comparative Literature offers the opportunity to incorporate creative work in their Program D, comparative work in literary study and the creative arts. For more information about these opportunities, please refer to the specific department entries in this catalog.

University Scholar Program. Finally, the University Scholar Program is designed for "a small group of students with outstanding and demonstrated talent in an academic or creative area that requires a substantial commitment of time and that cannot be pursued within the regular curriculum," such as artists who are already balancing the demands of a professional career with their educational requirements.

Other Opportunities in the Arts

The Department of Music offers musical performance courses, opportunities for private vocal and instrumental lessons, and special technical, electroacoustic, and computer facilities. In addition, the University has a broad array of opportunities for qualified students to participate in various University ensembles. These mostly extracurricular activities include, but are not limited to, the Princeton University Glee Club, the Chamber Choir, the University Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Opera Theater, Marching Band, and Wind Ensemble.

The Princeton University Art Museum is a teaching museum for the Department of Art and Archaeology as well as a cultural resource for the entire University and surrounding community. Its holdings range from ancient to contemporary art, with outstanding collections of prints, drawings, and photographs. 

Visiting Artists and Fellows

The Lewis Center for the Arts eventually will be the home for the Society of Fellows in the Arts, bringing to campus some of the most exciting artists and performers--and scholars of art and performance--of our era. The center already administers the Hodder Fellowships, which bring to campus artists in the early stages of their careers to spend an academic year pursuing independent projects.

Princeton Atelier

Created in 1994 by Nobel laureate and the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities Emeritus Toni Morrison, the Princeton Atelier program brings professional artists to campus for intensive collaborative work with students and faculty. Guest artists select a project they want to explore in the company of students before developing it for the professional art world. Now offered under the auspices of the Lewis Center for the Arts, the Princeton Atelier attracts students studying engineering, molecular biology, politics, and architecture as well as the humanities and the arts. The Princeton Atelier provides students rare opportunities to work on creative projects alongside important emerging artists and acknowledged masters. Courses are open to all students by application and are generally offered in both the fall and spring semesters. Students receive general academic credit for Princeton Atelier seminars and frequently credit toward their work in the Programs in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Musical Performance, Dance, and Theater. Princeton Atelier courses are listed in Course Offerings as ATL. For more information, please check the Lewis Center website.


Courses


ATL 494 Princeton Atelier (also THR 494)   Not offered this year LA

The Princeton Atelier brings guest artists from various fields to campus in order to collaborate with students and faculty on creating new work. The emphasis in the Atelier courses is on the creative process, although all courses result in some form of performance or exhibition. Courses are by application, audition, or portfolio review and are open to all students. Two three-hour seminars. Staff

ATL 495 Princeton Atelier   Not offered this year LA

The Princeton Atelier brings guest artists from various fields to campus in order to collaborate with students and faculty on creating new work. The emphasis in the Atelier courses is on the creative process, although all courses result in some form of performance or exhibition. Courses are by application, audition, or portfolio review and are open to all students. Two three-hour seminars. Staff

ATL 496 Princeton Atelier   Fall LA

This course brings together guest artists from different genres to collaborate with students and faculty in creating works that are then performed or exhibited on campus. Staff

ATL 497 Princeton Atelier   Not offered this year LA

The Princeton Atelier brings guest artists from various fields to campus in order to collaborate with students and faculty on creating new work. The emphasis in the Atelier courses is on the creative process, although all courses result in some form of performance or exhibition. Courses are by application, audition, or portfolio review and are open to all students. Two three-hour seminars. Staff

ATL 498 Princeton Atelier (also DAN 451)   Fall LA

The Princeton Atelier brings guest artists from various fields to campus in order to collaborate with students and faculty on creating new work. The emphasis in the Atelier courses is on the creative process, although all courses result in some form of performance or exhibition. Courses are by application, audition, or portfolio review and are open to all students. Two three-hour seminars. S. Marshall

ATL 499 Princeton Atelier (also THR 499)   Fall LA

This course brings together guest artists from different genres to collaborate with students and faculty in creating works that are then performed or exhibited on campus. Staff