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Vanina Géré, Professor of Art History & Theory at the National Superior School of Art of Nancy, was one of five French cultural professionals who took part in the first part of the 2014 Courants Exchange, “Fostering Creativity and Innovation,” December 8-12, 2014, in New York City. To explore the full program from this program, click here. For more than ten years, the French-American Foundation, in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture, has organized study tours for cultural professionals to examine priorities and trends in their field of expertise in the other country. The 2014 study tour started a two-year initiative focusing on the role that arts and education play in fostering creativity and innovation, exploring the growing importance of the creative industries in both countries, how the arts are changing in the digital age, and how, in the age of globalization, the education systems, including arts education, of both countries are subsequently evolving. Following the five-day study tour, Lejeune joined the French-American Foundation to share her insights on the program.
Vanina Géré is a contemporary American art specialist, a professor of art history and theory at the National Superior School of Art of Nancy (Nancy, France) and co-founder of the Art Market Department for ARTEM (Art, Technology and Management, a collaboration between an art school, an engineering school and a business school in Nancy). She obtained her Ph.D in American Studies and Art History from the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris, France; she wrote her Ph.D. dissertation on the work of visual artist Kara Walker; her dissertation was awarded the “Prix de la Chancellerie des Universités de Paris” (2013). A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, (Lyon, France), « agrégée » in English, she was Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Fine Arts (NYU) in 2006-2007. She is the author of several catalogue essays on contemporary artists, and several academic articles in English and French on the work of Kara Walker. Deeply committed to the promotion and understanding of contemporary art, she is also an art critic and translator (Artpress, Books&Ideas.Net, ViedesIdées.fr).
Tell us a little bit about your professional background.
What did you think of the “Fostering Creativity and Innovation” program? What were some of the main lessons you’ll take back to France with you?
Were there any meetings or visits from the program that really struck you or brought new ideas that you can take back to France?
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