Interesting I had never heard that about student art work. I know I most likley have little recourse with regard to recovering the cost. I may take her to small claims just to hassle her a bit and make her think about how disrespectful this was. All it would have taken was a phone call or even a note by mail not that difficult to do. Of course we are all busy but I think it's the lack of courtesy that I am appalled at as well. She's a retired professor and only does this summer course. All the supplies were provided by the school but I know I asked several times if the pictures would be returned and I would never have had them professionally matted if they were not to be returned. She always said it was possible to return them.
It took me two days to be able to open my portfolio to look and see if I had reasonable prints left over. I know I had made more but I couldn't remember if I had all five in the series they way I wanted them. I knew if I looked and they were not what I wanted I would start crying again.
Luckily I have all five in good shape and I can mat them and frame them.
I am also writing a letter to the head of the college art department and to the Department of Education which sponsors the course. It will make me feel better.
Thanks for the reply
>From: Melissa Woodland <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Date: 2006/11/24 Fri AM 09:27:14 CST
>To: TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group <email@example.com>
>Subject: RE: [teacherartexchange] lost art work
>This is an interesting concept that I was unaware of. With this perspective
>I am wondering if the materials were supplied, included in the price of
>course or if you purchased them. Even if what Lia said is true at your univ.
>I would think that if you purchased your own supplies you would have an
>easier time proving 'ownership.' So sorry this happened to you!
>From: lia johnson
>This is appaulling but I am not sure how much recourse you have legally. I
>work at a university and I was told that we don't need any permissions from
>students regarding their work since officially the work belongs to the
>university if it was done for a class. Apparently this goes for anything
>written as well, or research etc...though of course I find it at the height
>of unprofessional behavior --this may be something that is part of your
>"agreement" when taking any university course. I would still file a
>complaint but be prepared for this possiblity. Let us know how this comes
>out. Good luck! lia
> professor lost/threw away art work....>
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