Please visit my online exhibition Is This the Truth? open through 4/18 featuring selected works created by undergraduates showing their relationship with online media, considering the possibility of being manipulated or misled. I've been collecting artworks made by undergraduate students since 2018 for my dissertation. Thank you to Urban Arts Space for the opportunity to exhibit my dissertation research and share my students' work.
"Generation Z is the first generation to have access to the Internet their whole lives. They've grown up with smart phones and social media. So how do they relate to online media? Is this the Truth? is a collection of images created by Ohio State undergraduates as part of a Ph.D. dissertation by James O’Donnell (Arts Administration, Education, and Policy). Through the project, undergraduate students were invited to respond to prompts by creating their own visual media in whatever form they desired. O’Donnell examines online critical media literacy through the lens of artmaking and explores how students visualize their relationship with online media. The resulting series of images reflects their doubt, distrust, confusion, fear and concern on topics ranging from social media to news media to advertising. They may not know what the truth is exactly, but they certainly know that they’re being misled.
Is This the Truth? is presented in partnership with Urban Arts Space's Hybrid Arts Lab, a multi-venue learning lab that experiments with how art is imagined, made, viewed and understood."
I'm an artist, art teacher, and art teacher-teacher. I want to put an end to the "School Art Style" that has no place in an art classroom that promotes the 4 C's: creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication. I want to build an art education that helps everyday people improve their lives by learning to think like artists and develop 21st century skills. See "About" for more.