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Lewis Center for the Arts


Michael W. Cadden


Jill S. Dolan, also English, Theater

Jeffrey K. Eugenides, also Creative Writing

Su Friedrich, also Visual Arts

Judith Hamera, also Dance

Chang-rae Lee, also Creative Writing

Susan Marshall, also Dance

Paul B. Muldoon, also Creative Writing

Joyce Carol Oates, also Creative Writing

James Richardson, Creative Writing

Joseph S. Scanlan, also Visual Arts

P. Adams Sitney, also Visual Arts

Tracy K. Smith, also Creative Writing

Susan Wheeler, also Creative Writing

Edmund V. White, also Creative Writing

Stacy E. Wolf, also Theater

Assistant Professor

Brian E. Herrera, also Theater

Senior Lecturer

Michael W. Cadden, also Theater

Rebecca J. Lazier, also Dance


Eve M. Aschheim, Visual Arts

Susan M. Choi, Creative Writing

Michael C. Dickman, Creative Writing

Christina Lazaridi, Creative Writing

Robert N. Sandberg, Theater

Timothy K. Vasen, Theater

Visiting Lecturer

Marianne Weems

Jennifer Price

Hodder Fellow

Nora Chipaumire

Gabriel Jason Dean

Roger William Reeves

Miquel Veldkamp

The Lewis Center for the Arts is an academic unit made up of the programs in creative writing, dance, theater, and visual arts, as well as the Princeton Atelier. It is designed to put the creative and performing arts at the heart of the Princeton experience. Lewis Center courses are offered with the conviction that exposure to the arts, particularly to the experience of making art, helps each of us make sense of our lives and the lives of our neighbors. The Lewis Center students, whether pursuing a certificate in one of its programs or simply trying something artistic for the first time, come from every concentration the University has to offer. Students concentrating in molecular biology or mechanical engineering, for example, 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 fields as wide ranging as choreography, costume design, sculpture, screen writing, printmaking, photography, film, performance art, painting, poetry, or fiction writing, or indeed any aspect of the creative or performing arts, will discover that Princeton's faculty and facilities are second to none. The Lewis Center provides a home for artists who know they want lives in the arts and for those who want to learn something about how and why artists do what they do.

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.

Visiting Artists and Fellows

The Lewis Center for the Arts is the home of two fellowship programs designed to bring emerging artists to Princeton. Hodder Fellowships invite artists in the early stages of their careers to campus to spend an academic year of "studious leisure" working on independent projects. Princeton Fellowships in the Creative and Performing Arts bring artists with extraordinary potential and a significant record of achievement to spend two years at Princeton, to create new work, to teach classes and to collaborate with students on other artistic endeavors.

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.

Princeton Atelier courses are by application, audition, or portfolio review and are open to all students. At least two Atelier courses are offered every fall and every spring, and every Atelier course is cross-listed with another program or department. Please see each term's course listings and the Lewis Center website for specific courses.


ATL 494 Princeton Atelier (also THR 494)   LA

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ATL 495 Princeton Atelier   LA

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ATL 496 Princeton Atelier (also MUS 340)   Fall LA

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ATL 497 Princeton Atelier (also ENV 497)   Spring LA

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ATL 498 Princeton Atelier (also DAN 498/VIS 498)   Spring LA

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ATL 499 Princeton Atelier (also THR 499)   Fall LA

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