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John Aasp

Gallery Director

Dean’s Office
College of Art and Design
Adjunct Faculty

585-475-4977
Office Location

John Aasp

Gallery Director

Dean’s Office
College of Art and Design
Adjunct Faculty

585-475-4977

Currently Teaching

FNRT-140
3 Credits
This course provides an introduction to Visual Culture studies, an interdisciplinary field of study that explores the ways in which our lives are shaped through contact with, and consumption of, images, designed objects and visual forms of media, communication, and information. Students will develop a critical understanding of different aspects of contemporary visual culture as well as an awareness of its recent historical development.
STAR-535
3 Credits
This course will explore the roles of contemporary, traditional, and alternative art spaces through curatorial studies, exhibition evaluation, and criticism. Student will consider gallery administrative roles and supporting operations, and undertake site visitations and gallery research. Students will organize and install a final exhibition project in an approved exhibition venue.
STAR-545
3 Credits
This course will explore the role of the art exhibition and its effect on the discourse and practice of art. Course content will focus on contemporary and historical exhibition studies, individual and group projects. Students will also conduct site visitations and evaluation, and critique work in the context of exhibition.
STAR-635
3 Credits
This course explores the roles of contemporary, traditional, and alternative art spaces through curatorial studies, exhibition evaluation and criticism. Student will consider gallery administration roles and supporting operations, and undertake site visitations and gallery research. Students will organize and install a final exhibition project in an approved exhibition venue.
STAR-706
3 Credits
This class is devoted to business issues that artists must address including portfolio management, pricing and marketing strategies, and public relations for pursuit of a professional career as studio artists. Financial and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work.
IDEA-150
1 - 3 Credits
This course will introduce students to selected topics in the areas of art and design. The course content will vary according to topic. A topic course description will be published each term the course is offered. Students may take this course multiple times with different topics.
IDEA-550
3 Credits
This course will focus on implementing and developing interdisciplinary design projects. The specific topics for this course will vary each time it is taught but may be limited to repeatability. The topic is determined by the instructor. Technical, cultural, and human-centered aspects will be covered through a series of projects. Students will participate in short, deep-dives and extended group projects with a range of design problems, goals, tools, and procedures. Activities include branding, physical prototyping, fabrication, and digital product design. This course can be taken multiple times but individual topics must be different.
FNRT-376
3 Credits
Visual culture studies recognize the predominance of visual forms of media, communication, and information in the contemporary world, investigating both high cultural forms such as fine art, design, and architecture and popular low cultural forms associated with mass media and communications. Visual culture studies represents a turn in the discourse of the visual, which had focused on content-based, critical readings of images, and has since broadened its approach to additionally question the ways in which our consumption and production of images and image based technologies are structured. Analyzing images from a social-historical perspective, visual culture asks: what are the effects of images? Can the visual be properly investigated with traditional methodologies, which have been based on language, not imagery? How do images visualize social difference? How are images viewed by varied audiences? How are images embedded in a wider culture and how do they circulate?
STAR-645
3 Credits
This course will explore the role of the art exhibition and its effect on the discourse and practice of art. Course content will focus on: contemporary and historical exhibition studies, individual and group projects. Student will also conduct site visitations and evaluation, and critique work in the context of exhibition.

In the News

  • September 7, 2020

    Overhead view of students at tables set up in former gallery space.

    Innovative planning, teamwork transform RIT galleries into creative academic spaces

    Normally lined with exhibits showcasing the talents of RIT faculty, students, and alumni, three RIT galleries are instead outfitted this semester with the desks and technology necessary to meet the academic needs of hundreds of first-year College of Art and Design students. The University and Bevier Galleries inside Booth Hall and the William Harris Gallery in Gannett Hall have been transformed into creative classrooms.

  • December 6, 2018

    logo for RIT intersections: the RIT podcast.

    Podcast: City Art Space  

    Intersections: The RIT Podcast, Ep. 4: Robin Cass, interim dean of the College of Art and Design, and John Aäsp , gallery director, discuss how RIT City Art Space in downtown Rochester will invite the public to engage with the university through culture and creativity.