Open letter to the Academy of Fine Art / Oslo National Academy of the
We, the students of the Fine Art Academy, would like our opinion to be taken in consideration in the decision making process of the continuation of the professorship of Susanne M. Winterling. With this letter we express her utmost importance and role as professor in our education. For many of us, she has made an immense effort and work to develop our skills in critical thinking in and around our artistic practices and beyond. Susanne brings new energies to the institution through her work in organizing the lectures that we gain a lot of knowledge and skills from. We also believe that she compliments the pool of professors and teachers significantly by her unique pedagogical approach and engagement that challenges and motivates us to explore new boundaries in each and everyone's artistic research. We hugely appreciate her work at the Academy and think that she plays a very important role in our lives as emerging artists. It would be, in our opinion, a huge loss for our education not to have her as a teacher, mentor and friend.
Susanne M. Winterling she's really a good teacher i know her around 5 years ago. I met her in the first time in Palestine. She helped me a lot in art, she's a human being, she have a special energy, she care about the student to share her experience with them. Big Thanks for you Susanne ...
The selection of candidates for the professorship positions offered at the Academy, should in the first place insure the democratic process of rotation and selection upon a written application documenting skills, work experience and possibly the potential to work within an educational institution. Nevertheless, all these parameters ultimately serve to insure that the students of this institution receive and have access to a dynamic and well structured education from diverse sources. In democracy, a large percentage of consenting individuals can influence a global decision. We by this mean intend to demonstrate that the replacement of Susanne Winterling from her professor position will have more negative effects in our education than beneficial ones. Not only because it would halt a common path we have been sharing but, because her influence has had tremendous positive impact for the students that have had the pleasure to work with her. People like Susanne are essential in an institution like this because they promote and support free thinking and most importantly thinking outside the box - what I believe to be the source of all great creative processes. From my personal experience and from conversations with other fellow students, it is hard to come by a tutor/professor that gets involved so deeply in her students practice and that invests so much of her personal time and energy in making sure each practice is treated with honesty and engagement. If this democratic system of selection is based on merit and truly for the students benefit than there is no reason why prof. Susanne M. Winterling's contract should not be extended. My best regards, Tiago Bom
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