JTS Master’s Program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture Establishes Consortium with Bard Graduate Center

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

February 23, 2009, New York, NY

The Jewish Theological Seminary’s graduate program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture is unique: no other master’s degree program in the world is designed to provide students with the knowledge and expertise to place Jewish art in the perspective of both Jewish studies and world art history.

Building upon JTS’s long history of fruitful partnerships with other institutions of higher education, The Graduate School has entered a consortial relationship with the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture (BGC). This supplements the consortial opportunities already available to the program’s students through a longstanding agreement with Columbia University.

The program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture provides specialized training in the field of Jewish art and visual culture and serious study opportunities for those who are interested in deepening their knowledge of the Jewish contribution to the visual arts.

According to program director Dr. Vivian Mann, the collaboration is a boon to JTS students because BGC “is an institution that strives for excellence and offers our students a broad range of courses that complement the material our students study here.”

BGC Dean and Chair of Academic Programs Peter N. Miller explains that “a close working relationship with JTS is essential to our own exploration of the cultural history of the material world on a global scale.” Taking courses at JTS offers Bard students the chance to study Jewish visual and material culture from an incomparable perspective and access the rare artifacts in the collection of The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

The new consortium is underway, with JTS students studying modern-period Jewish material culture at BGC. For further information on the program in Jewish Art and Visual Culture, please contact Dr. Mann at (212) 678-8892.