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Santa Clara University, April 17, 2006, Vol. 6, No. 12

 
Students choose museum's first works of art by African-American female artists

Cooks selected works of art by 11 artists and had the students research the artists and give presentations about why or why not the artists would be a good fit for the de Saisset’s collection. The students then voted on the artists who they thought were best. “One of the things I wanted the students to get out of this was to feel more comfortable at the museum and to be able to do research and trust their own knowledge. I wanted them to learn to empathize with people who are different from us,” Cooks said.

The students chose works of art by two artists, a print by Carrie Mae Weems and five photographs by Sheila Pree-Bright. Reflecting on the project, Cooks said, “I think that they really appreciated it. I think they’ll remember this experience.”

The works of art will be on display this fall in conjunction with pieces the museum plans to acquire through another grant this spring that will allow students in Cooks’ African-Americans and Photography class to choose photographs by African-American men and women.