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Lewis Center for the Arts

Chair

Paul B. Muldoon

Acting Chair

Michael Cadden (fall/spring)

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

Stacy E. Wolf, also Theater

Visiting Professor

James Welling, Visual Arts

Associate Professor

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

Lecturer

Suzanne L. Agins, Theater

Tracy E. Bersley, Theater

Susan M. Choi, Creative Writing

Jane F. Cox, Theater

Michael C. Dickman, Creative Writing

Rinde W. Eckert, Theater, also Music

Martha Friedman, Visual Arts

John Guare, Theater

Dyane Harvey Salaam, Dance

Riccardo J. Hernandez, Theater

Patricia Hoffbauer, Dance

Sheila M. Kohler, Creative Writing

Christina Lazaridi, Creative Writing

Susanna P. Moore, Creative Writing

Mark S. Nelson, Theater

John Rando, Theater

David Rosenberg, Creative Writing

Robert N. Sandberg, Theater

Brenda A. Shaughnessy, Creative Writing

Aynsley L. Vandenbroucke, Dance

Timothy K. Vasen, Theater

Heather L. Watts, Dance

Visiting Lecturer

Arch C. Whitehead, Creative Writing

Hodder Fellow

Anthony Carelli, Creative Writing

Danai Jekesai Gurira, Creative Writing


Established in 2007, the Lewis Center for the Arts is an academic unit made up of the programs in creative writing, dance, theater, and visual arts and the Princeton Atelier. It is 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 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, screen writing, 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 Program 4 and Program 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 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, Chamber Choir, 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 of 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

The Princeton Atelier is a unique program that brings together professional artists from different disciplines to create new work in the context of a seminar/workshop with Princeton students. A painter might team with a composer, a choreographer might join with an electrical engineer, a company of theater artists might engage with environmental scientists, or a poet might connect with a pianist. How do artists who work in different media create art together? How do their different practices, experiences, methods, and assumptions influence each other's art making? Each Atelier finds entirely new and original answers to these questions; each Atelier creates something never done before. These multidisciplinary collaborations include Princeton students as witnesses to the creative process, as participants in the new work, and as developing artists in their own rights.

The Princeton Atelier offers up to four courses a year taught by at least two emerging or distinguished professional guest artists across disciplines or media. Unlike studio courses in other programs, Atelier courses are onetime events built around the visiting artists' newest work and current preoccupations. As the artists negotiate their collaborative partnership, they share their expertise and experience with students. Atelier courses typically include reading assignments and creative projects; the day-to-day activities usually include both discussion and "action." Although Ateliers are process oriented, they almost always culminate in a work-in-progress reading, showing, exhibition, or performance of some kind. Students across all years, majors, and areas of interest are welcome to take Atelier courses.


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 (also MUS 496)   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. Staff

ATL 497 Princeton Atelier (also AAS 497/VIS 497)   Spring 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)   Spring 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