APU’s Department of Art and Design Celebrates Journal Launch

Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Art and Design celebrated the launch of a new scholarly journal on Tues., Nov. 29. Visual Inquiry: Learning and Teaching Art is dedicated to the creation of art and the scholarship of teaching artistry.

Notable art and design faculty members involved include G. James Daichendt, Ed.D., the principle journal editor; William Catling, MFA, professor and chair of the Department of Art and Design and editorial board member, and Clovis Blackwell and Shelby Moser, contributing authors.

Visual Inquiry provides a forum for engaging the complex, rich, and multifaceted process of learning and teaching art. Published three times a year and peer reviewed, the print-based academic journal launched its first publication in 2011. The journal highlights the process of creating art, teaching as an art form, engaging art submissions, scholarship in teaching artistry, and the rich traditions of art making and teaching. The journal fills a niche in art and art education with a breadth and enthusiasm missing in contemporary art and art education journals.

“This journal increases the scholarly reputation of the university on an international level and raises awareness internally regarding the important work that artists and designers do in their studios and classrooms,” said Daichendt. “The journal affirms that teaching and research are essential to strengthening art production and this journal highlights the very best scholarship in this area.”

Azusa Pacific University’s Department of Art and Design prepares art students for a lifetime of artistic expression, cultivates individual creativity through the study of history, technique, presentation, and social engagement, as a reflector of the creative and transformative nature of God. Faculty believe that art is a socially responsible calling that challenges students to act as transformers in the world. In human history, artists have been the vehicles for spiritual, social, political, and psychological definition and change. Therefore, art is presented as both a professional occupation and an essential part of a liberal arts education. APU students train to continue in that artistic tradition.

The first issue of the journal can be downloaded for free on Intellect’s website.