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Acknowledgments Introduction: Reviewing Visual Arts Research - Graeme Sullivan Changing Demands of Visual Arts Theory and Practice - Graeme Sullivan Limitations of Current Visual Research Methodologies - Graeme Sullivan Art Practice as Research - Graeme Sullivan Strategies for Using Art Practice as Research - Graeme Sullivan Part 1: Contexts for Visual Arts Research CONTEXTS FOR VISUAL ARTS RESEARCH PART ONE CONTEXTS FOR VISUAL ARTS RESEARCH PART ONE CONTEXTS FOR VISUAL ARTS RESEARCH PART ONE CONTEXTS FOR VISUAL ARTS RESEARCH Contexts For Visual Arts Research - Graeme Sullivan 1. Pigment to Pixel - Graeme Sullivan The Enlightenment as a Research Project - Graeme Sullivan Promise of Progress - Graeme Sullivan Fractured Realities - Graeme Sullivan Conclusion - Graeme Sullivan 2. Paradigms Lost - Graeme Sullivan Method as Truth - Graeme Sullivan Doubting Doctrines - Graeme Sullivan Conclusion - Graeme Sullivan Part 2: Theorizing Visual Arts Practice - Graeme Sullivan 3. Explanation, Understanding, and Beyond - Graeme Sullivan Theorizing in Practice - Graeme Sullivan Theorizing Visual Arts as Practice-Based Research - Graeme Sullivan Theorizing Art Practice as Transformative Research - Graeme Sullivan Visual Arts Research Practices - Graeme Sullivan Conclusion - Graeme Sullivan 4. Visual Knowing - Graeme Sullivan Visual Cognition - Graeme Sullivan Thinking Practices in the Visual Arts - Graeme Sullivan Visual Arts Knowing: A Framework - Graeme Sullivan Visual Arts as Transcognitive Practice - Graeme Sullivan A Case Study: Critical Influence - Graeme Sullivan Conclusion - Graeme Sullivan 5. Artist as Theorist - Graeme Sullivan Sites of Practice - Graeme Sullivan Reemergence of the Artist-Theorist - Graeme Sullivan Critical Perspectives and Practices - Graeme Sullivan Conclusion - Graeme Sullivan Part 3: Visual Arts Research Practices - Graeme Sullivan 6. Practice as Theory - Graeme Sullivan A Framework for Visual Arts Research Projects - Graeme Sullivan Visual Practice: Experiences - Graeme Sullivan Empirical Inquiry: Exercises - Graeme Sullivan Interpretive Discourse: Encounters - Graeme Sullivan Critical Process: Enactments - Graeme Sullivan Conclusion - Graeme Sullivan Epilogue: Conclusions and Beginnings - Graeme Sullivan Chipping Away - Graeme Sullivan Uncertain Conclusions - Graeme Sullivan References - Graeme Sullivan Index About the Author

About the Author

Graeme is Director of the School of Visual Arts, Penn State University, and Professor of Art Education. He is the former Chair of the Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University. He received both his PhD and MA in Art Education from The Ohio State University. Since the early 1990s his research has involved an ongoing investigation of thinking processes in visual arts and studio-based research practices. These ideas and approaches are described in the new edition of Art Practice as Research: Inquiry in the Visual Arts (www.artpracticeasresearch.com). Graeme has published widely in the field of art education and in 1990 received the Manual Barkan Memorial Award for scholarly writing, and the 2007 Lowenfeld Award for significant contribution to the field of art education, both from the National Art Education Association. Graeme is also the author of Seeing Australia: Views of Artists and Artwriters (1994). Graeme maintains an active art practice and his Streetworks (www.streetworksaert.com) have been installed in several international cities and sites over the past fifteen years.

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"The book eloquently explains research practices found in the art studio and argues that visual art research is grounded in the practices that come from art itself. This profound and visionary book . . . is an essential text for every research student of art and art education in art schools and schools of education." -- Susan Paterson "Art Practice As Research is encyclopedic in depth and scope of material supporting the author's vital thesis, and the vision of studio art as fully acknowledged academic research, may be elusive as the dragonfly." -- Patricia M. Hancock "I can recommend Sullivan's book for those who want a thorough overview of the field of inquiry in the visual arts. It is well structured and Sullivan presents many examples to illustrate his arguments." -- Folkert Haanstra "Sullivan has writen a complex, closely reasoned, and very detailed dargument about a topic that, at first glance, seems superfluous to anyone who has ever had the good fortune to observe serious artists seriously engaged in making their art... Sullivan has created an excellent, even poetic, excercise in his own endeavor to share his understandings of the creative process." -- W.S. Johnson * Choice Magazine * "Sullivan's text is an important addition to the literature associated with research, critical inquiry, and arts education. I wish that such a text would have been available at the time that I was working on my dissertation. I will recommend it to my graduate students and colleagues." -- Doug Blandy "Art Practice as Research is long overdue. Graeme Sullivan eloquently crafts a methodology text and articulates for contemporary visual artist-researchers how arts practices are, in fact, rich forms of research inquiry." -- Rita L. Irwin "In this rich and layered reflection on visual arts practice as research, Graeme Sullivan launches a passionate and convincing case that rewrites the definitions of `art' and `research' as it unapologetically claims for the visual arts the respect and admiration of the academy." -- Jessica Hoffman Davis "Sullivan provides a timely and excellent introduction to the emerging field of visual cognition and educational research." -- Pradeep Dhillon "Sullivan challenges our assumptions about what constitutes research practices and in doing so presents a ground-breaking analysis for visual arts practice as research. This compelling image-text book opens the possibilities for the construction of new forms of knowledge in our increasingly visual world." -- Dipti Desai

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