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ART 3CE3 Community Exhibitions

Academic Year: Winter 2018

Term: Spring

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Prof. Sally McKay


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 417

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23675

Office Hours: Mondays 11:00- 12:00, TSH 417

Course Objectives:

This course offers students an opportunity to propose, plan and implement an exhibition in a community venue. All aspects of exhibiting including promotion, planning selection, arrangement, installation, writing exhibition text and documentation. Students will learn skills in how to participate effectively as part of a collective.

One major component of this course is a group exhibition. Participation in the exhibition and related events (installation, reception, take-down) is mandatory. Students are expected to clear the following dates from their schedules. Any conflicts with these dates must be reported to the instructor during the first week of term.

Friday March 23: 10:00am-5:00 pm

Friday March 23: all evening

Saturday March 24: 11:00am-3:00 pm

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

All required readings will be available online or through the Library reserve.

In addition, all students are required to subscribe to Akimbo’s email list in the first week of classes. Go to Scroll down. In the left-hand sidebar, click Email List under Subscribe Me. This is a free service.

There is no Studio Fee for this course. Students are responsible for all costs associated with the course including, but not necessarily limited to, their own art materials, their own art display materials and their own transportation costs.

Method of Assessment:

NOTE: more than 10% of the grade will be given before March 16.


Participation (15%)

This course has a focus on collaboration, peer-peer knowledge sharing and student-directed learning,  with a great deal of in-class discussion and group decision-making. For this reason, it is of utmost importance that everyone participate fully by attending all classes and remaining welcoming and open to points of view that differ from our own. The atmosphere of the classroom should be characterized by courtesy and mutual respect. Effective participation means making positive contributions to discussion, making room for others’ voices to be heard in discussions and helping the group work toward consensus. Missing classes, coming late, leaving early, failing to contribute positively to the class dynamic and failing to participate effetively during group work sessions will impact your grade.


Exhibition Assessments (due Jan 24) (15%)

Written analysis of 3 art exhibitions held at 3 different types of gallery.

(detailed assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue)


Studio Visit Reflection (due Feb. 7) (5%)

Written reflection on a discussion with someone you invite to talk about your work.

(detailed assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue)


Exhibition Promotion Analysis and Response (due Feb. 28) (10%)

Written analysis of assigned art promotional materials and writing of a draft e-vite.

(detailed assignment guidelines will be posted on Avenue)


Group Exhibition (55%)

(detailed assignment guidelines will be discussed in class and evaluation criteria will be posted on Avenue)

            planning stages: Jan 10 - March 21

            installation at Spice Factory: March 23

            event at Spice Factory: evening of March 23

            take-down and documentation: March 24

            debrief: March 28

Policy on Missed Work, Extensions, and Late Penalties:

It is the responsibility of each student to attend all classes and meet the requirements of submission for coursework. Missed assignments will automatically be assigned a grade of 0. A penalty of one full letter grade will be imposed for every academic day assignments are late.

Please Note the Following Policies and Statements:

Academic Dishonesty

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity.

Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: "Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty"), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:

  1. Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
  2. Improper collaboration in group work.
  3. Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Email correspondence policy

It is the policy of the Faculty of Humanities that all email communication sent from students to instructors (including TAs), and from students to staff, must originate from each student’s own McMaster University email account. This policy protects confidentiality and confirms the identity of the student.  Instructors will delete emails that do not originate from a McMaster email account.

Modification of course outlines

The University reserves the right to change dates and/or deadlines etc. for any or all courses in the case of an emergency situation or labour disruption or civil unrest/disobedience, etc. If a modification becomes necessary, reasonable notice and communication with the students will be given with an explanation and the opportunity to comment on changes. Any significant changes should be made in consultation with the Department Chair.

McMaster Student Absence Form (MSAF)

In the event of an absence for medical or other reasons, students should review and follow the Academic Regulation in the Undergraduate Calendar Requests for Relief for Missed Academic Term Work. Please note these regulations have changed beginning Fall 2015. You can find information at If you have any questions about the MSAF, please contact your Associate Dean's office.

Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities

Students who require academic accommodation must contact Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to make arrangements with a Program Coordinator. Academic accommodations must be arranged for each term of study. Student Accessibility Services can be contacted by phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652 or e-mail For further information, consult McMaster University's Policy for Academic Accommodation of Students with Disabilities.

Academic Accommodation for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances

Students requiring academic accommodation based on religion and spiritual observances should follow the procedures set out in the Course Calendar or by their respective Faculty. In most cases, the student should contact his or her professor or academic advisor as soon as possible to arrange accommodations for classes, assignments, tests and examinations that might be affected by a religious holiday or spiritual observance.

Topics and Readings:

Schedule - Note: dates may be subject to change


Jan.10 – introduction & brainstorm


Jan. 17 – committees & workplan schedule


Jan. 24 – site visit 9:00 – 11:45 am

(class starts at 9:00am at the Spice Factory, 121 Hughson St.)

Exhibition Assessments due


Jan.31 – working groups & checking in


Feb. 7 – working groups & checking in

Studio visit reflections due


Feb. 14 – site visit 9:00 – 11:45 am

(class starts at 9:00am at the Spice Factory, 121 Hughson St.)




Feb. 28 – working groups & checking in

Exhibition Promotion Analysis and Response due


March 7 – working groups & checking in


March 14 – working groups & checking in


March 21 – site visit 9:00 – 11:45 am

(class starts at 9:00am at the Spice Factory, 121 Hughson St.)


FRIDAY March 23

installation 10:00 am- 5:00 pm,




VIP reception 11:00 am -  1:30 pm

exhibtion take-down 1:30 – 3:00


March 28 – debrief


April 4 – no class

Other Course Information:

McMaster University Student Code of Conduct:

All students must familiarize themselves with the McMaster University Student Code of Conduct. Students are expected to adhere to these principles outlined in this code at all times. 


Working in the studio:

Steel-toed boots are required in the studios. Eating and drinking are not permitted in the studios. The following exceptions apply: eating and drinking are permitted and steel toed boots are not required in our public spaces, which include TSH 105- Flex Studio, TSH 114- New Space and Atrium when art materials and processes are not present.

Non-art students are permitted to be in TSH 105, TSH 114 and Atrium spaces. All other studio spaces are only accessible to non- art students when accompanied by their class or by special permission from their instructor.

All students must familiarize themselves with the Studio Art Safety Manual for Students.

Be aware of the rules and regulations for studio and equipment usage. Any questions regarding these issues should be directed towards Studio Technologists or course Instructors.

You are required to wear your steel-toed boots in all of the studios and workshops. Failure to do so will result in the removal of your studio access and privileges.

Appointments must be made with the studio technologist in regards to consulting and/ or executing specific projects requiring the use of woodshop, metal and ceramics facilities. Please ensure appointments and arrangements are made well in advance of deadlines and critiques.

Studios are accessible through access cards and are open from 7am -10pm, seven days a week. Students are not permitted to work in the studios alone. Please arrange to work in the studio with a peer when working after hours.