In this advanced studio art course students will focus on learning what it means to be a contemporary artist. All art media may be used throughout the semester, though students may choose to concentrate on one medium if that is their chosen pathway. Professors will introduce prompts to students as a means to encourage them to think conceptually about their work. Practitioners will ultimately be required to push their artwork to a high degree of resolution by assessing and contextually clarifying how their work addresses the contemporary artistic landscape. Studio work will be augmented by readings meant to provide further investigative material in relation to cultural production. At the end of the semester students will be expected to have understood what it means to be a working studio artist and to take this knowledge with them into the real world.