Department of Art & Art History



Community and Civic Engagement

The Department of Art & Art History faculty members are engaged in a diverse array of outreach activities throughout the state and region. Courses offer expanded learning opportunities by taking students out of the classroom and into the Auburn and Opelika communities to work on special projects that benefit residents in those communities. Past community partnerships and classes have included:

  • Social and Community Engaged Practice Course: A special topics course co-taught by Professor Wendy DesChene and artist Rick Lowe, Auburn University's 2014-15 Breeden Scholar. Students worked directly with Lowe and a local community to learn about socially engaged art practices.
  • Art and Community Course: A special topics course taught by Professor Comstock in which students taught and made art with clients at Ease Adult Day Care Center to explore how art could benefit their local community.
  • The Art in Agriculture Initiative: An interdisciplinary collaboration of the Department of Art & Art History and the College of Agriculture that explored the intersections of art, culture, ecology, and the environment.
  • Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project (APAEP): Faculty and students from the Department of Art & Art History have taught drawing classes for the APAEP which seeks to provide sustained and meaningful educational experiences focusing on the arts and humanities to individuals incarcerated in Alabama's prisons.
  • Auburn CityKids: A collaborative effort between Auburn University, the Auburn Housing Authority, The City of Auburn Parks and Recreation Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center, and The Auburn Arts Association.
  • Drawing on Alabama: A biennial, statewide juried exhibition that aimed to promote contemporary drawing and provide professional advancement for practicing Alabama artists. Distinguished jurors included Carter Foster, Curator of Drawing at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Florence Neal, Executive Director of the Kentler International Drawing Space in Brooklyn, NY.

Related Links

The Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities
College of Liberal Arts Outreach

Last Updated: December 04, 2020