Contemporary Art and Social Change

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October 2-6, 2019 

University of Oklahoma   3 credits

Guest Scholar: Kim Rice, Independent Scholar, Baltimore, MD.

We are living in a politically charged era. From the election of polarizing leaders, the widening of financial inequality, the death of unarmed citizens at the hands of police, to natural disasters fueled by climate change. There are many groups rising up to face the challenges of our century and artists are no exception. In this course we will explore how artists are using their platform to create social change. We will address the following questions: How is contemporary art defined? How have artists played a role in peoples’ movements historically? What is the role of the museum and social media in art making?  How are artists collaborating with urban planners, architects, environmentalists and non-profits to create social change?


Kim Rice creates large-scale works using common materials. Her installations are a meditation on institutional racism and the policies that continue to affect American society today.  Kim earned her BFA in Sculpture and MFA in Printmaking from the University of Oklahoma. Her work has been shown throughout the country including the 22ndNo Dead Artists at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Prospect.4 Satellite, Alexandria Museum of Art, Fred Jones Museum of Art, Northern Illinois Art Museum, and the Delaware Museum of Art. She has received multiple awards, including the McNeese Grant for Socially Engaged Practice.  Born in Kentucky, raised in California, educated in Oklahoma, loved in New Orleans and now home in Baltimore, Kim’s work is influenced by her two children and the pile of books by her bed.


  • Enrollment through your home campus
  • OSLEP provides all required reading materials at no additional cost - NO books to buy!
  • Housing and meals provided
Kim Rice, Independent Artist