JTS Launches Artist-in-Residence Program

Press Contact: Nina Jacobson
Office: (212) 678-8950
Email: nijacobson@jtsa.edu

December 18, 2008, New York, NY

Renowned artist Tobi Kahn will serve as the first artist-in-residence in a new initiative being launched to bring greater awareness of art to The Jewish Theological Seminary.

The Artist-in-Residence Program is being sponsored by Chancellor Arnold Eisen, JTS's master's program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture, and the Office of Student Life. The program will give a select group of up to twenty individuals (students, faculty, and staff) the opportunity to study and create their own works of art with Kahn as their teacher. Also included will be museum trips and an exhibition of the participants’ work.

Tobi Kahn is a painter and sculptor whose work has been shown in more than forty solo exhibitions and more than sixty museum and group shows. Works by Kahn can be found in major museum, corporate, and private collections. For thirty years, Kahn has been steadfast in the pursuit of his distinct vision and persistent in his commitment to the redemptive possibilities of art. Among the awards that he has received is an honorary doctorate from JTS for his work as an artist and educator.

Kahn also communicates his vision through his passion for teaching. For twenty-eight years, he has taught fine arts workshops and designed art curricula for several New York high schools. He also cofounded and facilitates the Artists' Beit Midrash at the Skirball Center of Temple Emanu-El. Kahn lectures extensively throughout the world at universities and public forums on the importance of visual language and art as healing.

All JTS students, staff, and faculty are invited to apply and all forms of art (including video) are welcome. Applications are available through the Office of Student Life. Complete applications, including a sample of artwork or a written statement of interest in the program, can be returned or emailed to the Office of Student Life. The application deadline is Friday, December 26, 2008.

The program begins on January 21, 2009, and will meet every two weeks on Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Vivian Mann, director of the master’s program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture, at (212) 678-8892.