Join us for a our closing Keynote Workshop on Saturday, November 5 at 3:45pm PST in the School of Art room 241.

Messing With The Canon

Interrogate, investigate and disrupt the Western European Art Canon. In this workshop learn strategies Elizabeth uses to decenter the canon with her student and challenge it in her art practice. Create art pieces reinterpreting the classics through contemporary art making methods that are easy to implement with your students.

Art supplies will be included, but feel free to bring your own.

Elizabeth Denneau

Elizabeth Denneau is an artist and art educator residing in the Sonoran Southwest. She received her BFA in Art and Visual Culture Education from the University of Arizona and is currently an MFA candidate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is also a member of the Art21 Educators Institute. Drawing upon her ancestors in her artistic practice, she is continually researching narratives from the diaspora of human perseverance, vulnerability, hidden histories, and power dynamics. She translates her findings into a visual language for the viewer to examine and commune with. Elizabeth works in media that is often inspired by her time as a fashion designer manifesting in heavy adornment, assemblage, and textiles. In her current body of work, she examines the relationship historical racism has with the development of respectability politics and its reverberations through the Black female body.

Elizabeth’s art educational practice manifests through a multitude of mediums. She works with institutions and communities to develop practical models for teaching contemporary art methods, decentering the canon, and pathways for equity in art education. Her desire is that students will be able to see themselves better represented in the art world and be inspired to pursue their own artistic journeys and participate in art activism.

To learn more about her practice and her artwork, you can visit her website here.