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Social Practices in Art

At Bennington, students work closely with faculty to design the content, structure, and sequence of their study and practice—their Plan—taking advantage of resources inside and outside the classroom to pursue their work. 

Social Practice

The making and viewing of art has always played a critical role in the transformation of culture and society. Throughout history, artists have reflected upon and responded to the events of their time, imagining new pathways toward a future they actively seek to impact and shape.

Social practice focuses in on artists moving out of the studio and into the public realm with their work. Collaboration and systemic approaches are central tenets to social practices and students work on projects focused off-campus that critically engage topics pertinent to this moment in history and are situated in the public sphere—local or global, online or offline.


Documentary Practice: Ethics of the Photographer
Global Activist Video Production
Skillshare: Ceramics as a Tool for Placemaking
Social Kitchen: Ceramics, Food and Community
Social Life of Sculpture
Social Practice: Your Art is in My __________
Social Practices in Art

Creativity, Business, and the Regenerative Economy

Social practices is extended through the examination of creative entrepreneurship for artists in the course Future Studio. The studio leverages the strengths of the liberal arts and the Bennington Plan process to create new learning experiences that enable participants to reimagine working life and what it means to be in business today. We believe that to build a business means to enter into a social contract that values people and the planet over profit maximization.

Future Studio combines art, design, technology, education, and business in order to embolden the Bennington community to reshape the present innovatively, while making a more equitable and just future.


Future Studio (Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2016)
Upside/down: Business in the 21st Century
Getting Good at Change: Systemic Thinking and Practice

Speaker Series

Climate, Capitalism, Creativity
Spring 2015 | Robert Ransick

Guest speakers include:
Beka Economopoulos (Not an Alternative/The Natural History Museum)
Marta Ceroni (Donella Meadows Institute)
Hunter Lovins (Natural Capital Solutions)
McKenzie Wark (author)

Student Work