Lewis Center for the Arts

Overview

The Lewis Center for the Arts is an academic unit made up of programs in creative writing, dance, theater, music theater and visual arts, as well as the Princeton Atelier. Lewis Center courses are offered with the conviction that art making is an essential tool for examining our histories and our most pressing social challenges, envisioning creative responses, and making sense of our lives in collaboration with others. Students find and build connections between their majors and their arts practice and scholarship, and are encouraged to explore the ways their LCA courses align with other academic interests. Curricula in programs include both introductory and advanced courses in fields as wide ranging as choreography, lighting design, sculpture, screenwriting, ballet, printmaking, photography, performance theory, film production, hip hop, painting, poetry, and fiction writing, to name only a few. Princeton's arts faculty and facilities are second to none and dedicated to working closely with undergraduates. The Lewis Center provides a home for students who are new to the arts, those who aspire to professional careers in art making, and those eager to use the arts to deepen their thinking about the world and themselves.

Program Offerings

Academic Opportunities in the Creative and Performing Arts

Programs

The Programs in Creative Writing, Dance, Theater, Music Theater, and Visual Arts are offered under the auspices of the Lewis Center for the Arts, while the Program in Music Performance is offered under the auspices of the Department of Music. For information about each of these programs of study and the courses they offer, please refer to their separate entries in this catalog.

Academic Majors Involving Creative Work

Various academic departments offer special opportunities and tracks that involve creative work. The Department of English offers tracks in creative writing, theater and performance studies, and arts and media. The Department of Art and Archaeology offers a major in the history of art and studio arts. The Department of Comparative Literature offers a track in literary study and the creative arts. For more information about these and other opportunities, please refer to specific department entries in this catalog.

University Scholar Program

Finally, the University Scholar Program is designed for "a small group of students with outstanding and demonstrated talent in an academic or creative area that requires a substantial commitment of time and that cannot be pursued within the regular curriculum," such as artists who are already balancing the demands of a professional career with their educational requirements.

Visiting Artists and Fellows

The Lewis Center for the Arts hosts two fellowship programs designed to support emerging professional artists.  The Hodder Fellowship offers an academic year of financial support to artists in areas including creative writing, dance, music, theater, and visual arts to pursue their own independent projects. The Hodder Fellows can pursue “a year of studious leisure” working on their own independent projects. Hodder Fellows can take advantage of Princeton’s resources but need not be in residence in Princeton. 

The Princeton Arts Fellowship offers a two-year term during which artists engage with the University community and also pursue their own projects. The Princeton Arts Fellowship is open to emerging artists with extraordinary potential and a significant record of achievement across all fields, including creative writing, dance, music, theater, and visual arts. Princeton Arts Fellows might teach a class, create new work or collaborate with students on their artistic projects. Though Princeton Arts Fellows need not reside in Princeton, significant engagement with the university community is expected.

Princeton Atelier

The Princeton Atelier is a unique program that brings together guest artists from different disciplines to collaborate on new work. A painter might team up with a composer, a choreographer might join with an electrical engineer, a company of theater artists might engage with environmental scientists, or a poet might connect with a pianist. How do artists who work in different media create art together? How do their different practices, experiences, methods and assumptions influence each other's art making? Each Atelier finds entirely new answers to these questions. Each collaboration involves Princeton students as witnesses to the creative process, as participants in the new work, and, most important, as developing artists in their own rights.

Unlike studio courses in other programs, Atelier courses are one-time events built around the visiting artists' newest work and current preoccupations. As the artists negotiate their collaborative partnership, they share their expertise and experience with students. Atelier courses typically include reading assignments and creative projects; the day-to-day activities usually include both discussion and "action." Although Ateliers are process oriented, they almost always culminate in a work-in-progress reading, showing, exhibition or performance of some kind.

Princeton Atelier courses are open to all students, but admission is sometimes determined by application, audition or portfolio review. At least two Atelier courses are offered each fall and spring, and each Atelier course is cross-listed with another program or department. Please see each semester's course listings at the Lewis Center website.

For more information please contact the Atelier Program Assistant at [email protected].

Additional Information

The experience of working in collaborative art making gives students a grounding in working together in any number of contexts — a law firm, an investment company, a tech start-up — perhaps even society at large.

Faculty

  • Chair

    • Judith Hamera
  • Executive Committee

    • Elena Araoz, Theater, LCA
    • Michael W. Cadden, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Tina M. Campt, Art and Archaeology
    • Jane F. Cox, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Tina Fehlandt, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Martha Friedman, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Aleksandar Hemon, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Brian E. Herrera, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • A.M. Homes, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Rebecca J. Lazier, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Yiyun Li, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Pamela E. Lins, Visual Arts, LCA
    • Susan S. Marshall, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Moon Molson, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Paul B. Muldoon, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • David W. Reinfurt, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Joe Scanlan, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Patricia Smith, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Susan Wheeler, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Jeffrey Whetstone, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Rhaisa Williams, Lewis Center for the Arts
    • Stacy E. Wolf, Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Professor

    • Tina M. Campt
    • Judith Hamera
    • Aleksandar Hemon
    • Ilya Kaminsky
    • Deana Lawson
    • Yiyun Li
    • Susan S. Marshall
    • Paul B. Muldoon
    • Joe Scanlan
    • Patricia Smith
    • Susan Wheeler
    • Jeffrey Whetstone
    • Stacy E. Wolf
  • Associate Professor

    • Katie Farris
    • Brian E. Herrera
  • Assistant Professor

    • Moon Molson
    • Rhaisa Williams
  • Professor of the Practice

    • Jane F. Cox
    • A.M. Homes
    • Rebecca J. Lazier
    • David W. Reinfurt
  • University Lecturer

    • Michael W. Cadden
  • Senior Lecturer

    • Elena Araoz
    • Tina Fehlandt
    • Martha Friedman
    • Pamela E. Lins
  • Lecturer

    • Raja Feather Feather Kelly
    • Christopher Núñez
    • Susanna Styron
    • Kamara R. Thomas
    • edi kwon
  • Visiting Lecturer

    • Bill Bowers
    • Everett Glenn
    • Scott Illingworth
    • Albert Samuels
    • Sarah K. Snider
    • Maysoon Zayid

For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.