Mina Cohen, Associate Art Instructor, Mendocino Campus
What do you love most about teaching at CR?
I especially like teaching at College of the Redwoods because of the small supportive community where faculty are devoted to teaching and students are devoted to learning. The student population of a community college means having students at all stages of life from high school students pushing themselves to take more rigorous classes, to seniors who are life-long learners and everyone in between; from first time college students, to those returning to school, and those planning to transfer to a four year institution.
What do you love most about your discipline?
I learn as much from my students and from continuously looking for new ways to challenge our thinking about art from prehistory to the present. As a fine artist myself, what I learn informs my artistic practice and I enjoy sharing how much art exists in all our daily lives. I am happy knowing that students never look at their world the same way after taking an art history or art appreciation course. Having more art 'appreciators' makes our world a better place.
Is there anything else you would like your students to know about you?
I am thankful every day to live in paradise and try to spend as much time outside as I possibly can. I enjoy teaching online because I feel I develop an individual relationship with each student, and it gives me the time to have conversations about art. I have traveled to every continent including Egypt in 2012 and Myanmar (Burma) in 2013. I visit museums in every city in the US I find myself in. Wherever I go, I look for the works of art I am teaching, so I can have the eyewitness perspective.
Mina Cohen has been teaching at College of the Redwoods since 1999. She teaches Art Appreciation and Art History in the classroom and online. She received her BA in Fine Arts from University of California San Diego and her MA in Fine Arts from Sacramento State University. She has lived in Mendocino since 1984, where her husband is the town doctor, and she has raised two daughters, one of whom now lives in Jerusalem and the other in Chicago. She is a member of a cooperative gallery in Fort Bragg where she exhibits regularly.
You can see her work at Partners Gallery.