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Cornish Programs

Foundations

Art, Design, Film, and Interior Architecture majors spend the first year in FOUNDATIONS, a shared experience for all visual arts students.

Art Student Painting with out of focus student behind them standing at an easel

Foundations
for Visual Artists

Becoming a thriving Artist-Citizen-Innovator requires more than knowing how to make something or deciding on a particular performance style.

We know artists are stronger in their own craft when they’re exposed to other art forms or diverse media. And we know artists can be extraordinarily adaptive, powerful problem-solvers when their work is grounded in a strong liberal arts education.

This film details the Foundations exhibition “Flourish.” It was made and driven entirely by first-year students, and was Directed + Produced by Daymien Bunao.

Foundations is an immersive, project-based, interdisciplinary experience that will introduce you to a variety of approaches toward making and thinking. You will work with studio faculty from each visual arts department, sampling the distinct languages of each discipline while building a robust foundational set of tools and building a network of friends and faculty with particular expertise. Because all studio faculty are working artists and designers, they have on-the-ground experiences to share with you and a lived sense of passion and dedication to their crafts.

 

Faculty + Staff

Humanities + Sciences
Cornish Staff or Faculty member

Elissa Favero

First Year Programs, Foundations
Design
Gala Bent

Gala Bent

Foundations Program Director + Studio Faculty
Art
Cornish faculty, Gayle Clemans

Gayle Clemans

Critical + Contextual Studies, Art History
Art
Ruth Thomlinson

Ruth Tomlinson

Sculpture
Interior Architecture
Cornish Staff or Faculty member

Javier Gómez Alvarez-Tostado

Interior Designer, Architect
Design
Cornish Staff or Faculty member

Susan Boye

Drawing, Design Fundamentals, Color Theory, Interior Illustration.
Art
Rob Rhee

Robert Rhee

Sculpture, Performance
Design
Cornish Staff or Faculty member

Lorena Howard-Sheridan

Visual Design + Identity Design
Art
Erin Elyse Burns

Erin Elyse Burns

Performance, Photography

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