Upstairs’ Underground, Deborah Fitzgerald to host fall philosophy of art course

Published 8:18 pm Monday, September 21, 2015

Unpainted sculpture, by Charles Ray, 1997

Unpainted sculpture, by Charles Ray, 1997

The Upstairs Artspace will host a new series of classes on the philosophy of art, taught by Deborah Fitzgerald, Ph.D. The course begins on Wednesday, Sept. 23 and will take place in the Underground of the gallery. Philosophy of Art runs from 6-7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Nov. 4, with no class on Oct. 21.

Taught by Dr. Deborah Fitzgerald, who has a Ph.D. in philosophy and has taught at Rutgers, Ohio State University, Furman, and Wofford College, she excels at interpreting complex philosophical theories in a readily accessible, always insightful format tailored to the non-philosophers among us, often infusing her discussions with pop-culture references and humor. Her classes are lively, informative and fun.

The new series of Philosophy of Art will investigate three central philosophical issues in the areas of aesthetics: How we define art, the definition of an aesthetic experience, and the relationship between art and ethics. Class attendees will examine these three questions and their connection to specific works of art. For example, Charles Ray, whose work is currently on display at the Chicago Art Institute, will be discussed, as well as the music of Nina Simone. This will allow us to see how different philosophical positions impact the viewing of art.

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Members at the Upstairs Artspace receive a discount for the complete six-session course. Fewer than six sessions may be taken, for an individual class fee. For further information and to register, please contact Dr. Deborah Fitzgerald at You may also contact the Upstairs Artspace at or by calling 828-859-2828 for further information or to sign up.

The Upstairs is located at 49 S. Trade St., in Tryon. For more information visit

– Submitted by Lorna Festa