Testimonial: Patrick Redmond, former CVA faculty

With an emphasis on ideas, idea generation, creative process and creative concept development, I taught “Ideation” courses (1984-1988) and one semester of “Graphic Design” (1985). I was one of many practicing professionals who were part-time adjunct instructors at the College of Visual Arts, when it was known as the School of the Associated Arts (SAA), Saint Paul. My earliest students were among the first, at what became CVA, to be involved with computer graphics through tours of the Apple® regional offices and COMCEPT Computer Graphics. I was impressed with the creativity, sincerity, talent, dedication, and generally strong work ethic of the students.

This message is for CVA students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, friends and supporters.

Black Mountain College was an amazing school founded in 1933 in Black Mountain, North Carolina. The school closed in 1957.

See http://www.blackmountaincollege.org and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mountain_College

Black Mountain College was also featured on PBS’s “American Masters” series. See http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/database/black_mountain_college.html

Sometimes I wish I could have been a student or teacher there, during certain periods of that College’s history. However it closed when I was seven years old.

During the late 1960s-early 1970s, I feel fortunate to have met Josef Albers, Robert Rauschenberg, Buckminster Fuller, and John Cage, among others who were part of Black Mountain College’s history.

I believe that before CVA closes (if and when it closes), it will be important to help preserve its history and legacy. For example, even though Black Mountain College closed after 24 years, its spirit lived on through the legacy of those who taught there and through the influence of its notable alumni. Books have been written about it. Again, for a summary and details, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Mountain_College

When CVA’s history is created for posterity, I will be honored to be listed among those who taught there.

Whether CVA continues or not, or reinvents itself, its positive history is important to preserve, its influence and legacy will be important to communicate to the community and future generations, like we can still see the influence of Black Mountain College. Perhaps a related museum and or art center could be established, comparable to, similar to the “Black Mountain College Museum and Art Center” … see www.blackmountaincollege.org.

Those who have studied the history of art and design, those who have studied the biographies and autobiographies of artists and designers, know that the dignity, the talent, of those in creative fields is indomitable, and will often not only survive but flourish in one form or another, whether or not CVA survives this reversal of fortune.