The Art Historians of Southern California is on the forefront in supporting collegial discussions in which information is shared, problems are discussed, and solutions are suggested. Because our membership is so scattered, from Ventura to San Diego counties, and territory in between, we feel that we can serve our membership and our colleagues through a series of workshops.

The Art Historians of Southern California is proud to sponsor workshops on significant topics for the discipline of art history. Our popular and well-attended workshops have examined careers for future artists, teaching with digital images and on-line teaching. The organization will support a university or college that wants to present and sponsor a panel discussion, which takes up a provocative and informative issue in contemporary professional practices and contemporary pedagogy.

At the beginning of the new century, the discipline of art history is at a crossroads: do we maintain the traditional ways or do we explore new ways to teach the new students of the Twentieth-first Century?  Another crucial question is how do we, as art historians, function as scholars and as mentors to a new generation?  What do we want the future of our profession to be?

Submit your suggestion for a workshop to the Director or Projects:
Dr. Martina Hesser

The Art Historians of Southern California will assume a support role for the workshop, assisting the faculty and helping her or him in taking the lead. AHSC understands that it is important for individual faculty members to receive the credit to which they are entitled. As the sponsoring organization, the AHSC will send representatives to introduce the panel topic and the distinguished presenters of the panel. Our representative will then turn the program over to the faculty member/s who have organized the panel. We will also share in the provision of refreshments.

Above all, the AHSC wants to support our colleagues. We know how much organizing and participating in such panels will mean for your professional futures. The membership of the Art Historians of Southern California is dedicated to the intellectual growth and development of our profession.

Art history departments are usually pleased to be the site of workshops, especially those that take up cutting edge issues.

Organize the panel through your department and/or school and use college facilities, paying attention to the possible costs of insurance, which usually kicks in when an event reaches a certain number.
Try to keep your department’s costs sponsoring the event as low or as non-existent as possible, limited to donating a few dollars for refreshments, a donation the AHSC will augment.

Consider the panel as a few hours of serious in-depth discussion of pressing concerns. The AHSC will post a report on the proceedings on the organization’s website. If the participants so wish, we will also publish the papers coming out of the proceedings in our e-journal.

The panels could consist of invited participants, each from a different nearby institution. These participants would act as speakers and as representatives of their individual schools. Each panel member could then return to his or her department and report on the proceedings of the workshop. The audience, which will undoubtedly consist of art professionals in a specific area, would be included in the panel discussions.

Understanding that everyone is pressed for time, limit the workshop to no more than two hours: one hour for informal presentations from the panel and another hour for group and audience discussion.  With any luck, the topic will be interesting enough to warrant extra time, a sure sign of success.

Select an interesting and timely topic, one that is sure to attract interest. The AHSC has a short list of suggestions below.

New trends in Research and Scholarship: the impact of the Internet.
New approaches to Postmodern Theory
Future Directions of the Profession: Established Faculty
Future Directions of the Profession: Graduate Students
Crisis in Art Historical publication: Impact on Careers
Teaching Art History in an Age of Globalism: International Students
Teaching Art History to ESL Students

2008 On-Line Teaching Workshop
2007 Career Workshop, Mount Saint Mary’s College, Los Angeles, California
2006 Digital Image Workshop, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

2005 Publishing in Art History