Bixler Art and Music Library welcomes the students and faculty of the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts (IDSVA). 15 doctoral students are summer residents at Colby College from July 16-23, embarking on the dissertation writing phase of the 3rd year of the PhD program.

According to their website, the Institute for Doctoral Studies in the Visual Arts offers to creative practitioners a PhD in philosophy, aesthetics, and art theory, addressing an important opportunity for contemporary art and culture. The IDSVA’s primary learning goals include the nourishment and cultivation of:

  • The ability to speak and write critically and philosophically about the relationship between the history of ideas and art in general;
  • The ability to teach university level courses on subjects dealing with the relation of philosophy and art—such as courses in aesthetics, art theory, and critical theory;
  • The capacity to situate oneself in the history of ideas and culture in terms of one’s creative practice and/or field of inquiry;
  • And lastly, IDSVA’s overarching learning goal is to nourish and cultivate an ethos of inquiry that encourages creative thinkers to conceive new systems of knowledge.

During their residency, IDSVA participants are welcome to use the collections and services of the Colby College Libraries. Margaret Ericson, Arts Librarian, will introduce participants to arts collections and research databases, along with a general orientation to the library services available on campus.