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Thanks to the support of a grant from the Kent State University Teaching Council, Dr. Kiersten Latham and the MuseLab are excited to present a series of FREE events with Dr. Annie Storr, the creator of Exercises for the Quiet Eye, for faculty, students, and professionals.

Workshop for Faculty and Professionals

Exercises for the Quiet Eye: Interactive Gallery-Based Teaching & Learning Techniques

Monday, March 11, 2019 

9:00 am-11:00 am

Kent State University MuseLab 

EQE Session for Workshop Participants

Exercises for the Quiet Eye in the Kent State University Museum Galleries

Monday, March 11, 2019

2:00 pm-4:00 pm

Kent State University Museum

Participants of either workshop are welcome attend! You will learn how to approach museum objects more thoughtfully and effectively, and take away one or more new techniques for future experiences of museum objects.

Workshop for Students

Exercises for the Quiet Eye: An Approach to Guided Looking in Museums

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

9:00 am-11:00 am

Kent State University MuseLab

Campus-Wide Talk

Deep Looking: Art and the Human Experience of Not Knowing

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

1:00 pm-2:30 pm

Kent State University Museum

(Registration not required)

About the talk: 

Standard practice in museums today, by professionals and visitors alike, is to approach a museum object—and try to figure it out. Deep experience of objects, however, fully integrates sensory, emotional, and intellectual responses. In our rush to understand, people often miss the other aspects of discovery and the unresolvable enigmas they present. This talk blends art theory, perceptional studies, museum practice and the speaker’s personal confrontations with the mystery of art. Storr revisits the potential life-changing power of art experience and the origins of her two decades devoted to the development of the guided-looking technique, Exercises for the Quiet Eye.

“Exercises for the Quiet Eye” (EQE) is an approach to guided looking that fosters close observation and patient reflection. Its goal is to make looking an active, learner-directed experience, emphasizing the I-Thou relationship between the viewer and the museum object by integrating the sensory, emotional, and cognitive aspects of artistic experience. Hands-on exercises are designed to quell the rush to understand prematurely, judge hastily, or determine a set interpretation for what we see before we experience it fully. 

Kent State University MuseLab

Kent State University Library Room 321

1125 Risman Drive

Kent, Ohio 44243

Annie V.F. Storr is a Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center of Brandeis University and teaches in Harvard’s Museum Studies graduate program. She was Founding Chair of Education at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC. Previously, she was head of Education Programs for the American Association of Museums and Director of the Arts Management Program at American University. She practiced museum education for three decades, specializing in adult learning and social education. This led to the creation of "Exercises for the Quiet Eye," an original approach to guided observation of art and artifacts. Annie studied at Oberlin College (Religion and Art). the University of Toronto (History of Art). The George Washington University (Museum Education), and holds a PhD from the University of Delaware in Art History.

Kent State University Museum

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Kent, Ohio 44240

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Registration is required for the workshops and EQE session.