Understanding Jewish Art Jewishly: A Rationale and a Model for Including Jewish Art in Canadian Post-Secondary Coursework

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Jennifer Eiserman


This paper surveys literature in art education that explores cultural inclusivity. It then surveys Jewish Canadian history in order to provide a sketch of the cultural context, providing a rationale for teaching Jewish art at Canadian universities. A brief history of the nature of Jewish art and its relationship to that of the dominant cultures in which Jews have lived will be described.  It proposes a model for teaching Jewish art and art by Jewish artists in Canadian universities that can provide students with opportunities to truly understand the cultural context in which this work is created, using Israeli-Canadian Sylvia Safdie’s Dust as an example.


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Jennifer Eiserman, University of Calgary

Assoociate Professor

Department of Art




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