Art appreciation is often a topic that goes undiscussed. The notion that art is useless in the workforce deters students from studying such subjects or pursuing their passions. Art takes on a variety of forms that tend to be overlooked: literature (poetry and drama), the visual arts (painting and sculptures), and graphic arts (drawing and design)–only to name a few.
However, an art instructor at Culver-Stockton College is attempting to change that. Professor Debra Myers is an Assistant Professor of Art at C-SC, teaching drawing, painting, and art education classes. She is also the curator of the Mabee Art Gallery. Students may be familiar with her from the travel study to Italy (art and architecture of Italy and religion) she is supervising with Religion Professor Andrew Walsh). WildcatWire reached out to Professor Myers to discuss the appreciation of art not just in the classroom but in everyday life.
Professor Myers stresses the importance of learning art and says “I think it is important for students to take art courses to learn to appreciate not only photorealism but also expression.” She notes how so many people think art is a frivolous degree but all of her students get jobs: “If you work hard, there’s going to be a job for you.” Culver’s art department brings in guest artists, such as Len Davis who was on campus this semester for workshops and will be a judge for the art displays (some of which Culver students have submitted) at the Quincy Art Center in Quincy, IL. These guests are intended to educate students about art and encourage them to pursue their interests in the field.
To conclude, Professor Myers makes note of making sure art stays in schools where it has otherwise become optional. She states that “it’s a great safe haven for students…and good for students in detention…it helps get rid of their anger in healthy ways.”