Art & Design – Travel

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Art & Design Travel Experiences (New York City and International)

Faculty members of the Art & Design Department believe that learning should come alive for students and that some of the best and most memorable experiential learning experience are gained through international travel. The following is a summary of travel courses and site visits:

Documentary Photography in France – Paris, Reims, and Caen, May 2013
Students will document travel to various cities in France during in this applied documentary course. Prior to the travel component, students will study the history, language and photographic practices of France. During the travel element, students will document the urban and rural environments, including people and place. The objective of this course is to offer a comprehensive view of one’s experience through a written and photographic document.

Documentary Photography in Italy – Rome, Assisi, Milan, and Venice, May 2011
Students will document travel to Italy—Rome, Assisi, Milan and Venice during in this applied documentary course. Prior to the travel component, students will study the history, language and photographic practices of Italy. During the travel element, students will document the urban and rural environments, including people and place. The objective of this course is to offer a comprehensive view of one’s experience through a written and photographic document.

Art of Italy and Austria from 1400 to the present – Rome, Assisi, Florence, and Venice, Italy and Innsbruck, and Salzburg, Austria, May 2007
The art and culture of Italy and Austria, between 1400 and the present was examined. Prior to the travel component, students were introduced to the role of art in defining the culture it represents. This was accomplished through an introduction to the art of the Italian Renaissance, including the works of Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Titian, Tintoretto. In addition, students explored current movements in art, through readings and presentations on the artwork of Egon Schiele, Gustave Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka (20th c. Austria), along with contemporary Italian Art, including Maurizio Cattelan and Lucio Fontana.

Art in New York – NYC, NY, March 2006
Contemporary art and photography practices, as well as the network of galleries and museums that supports such media were explored. Students read and discussed critical writings such as Clement Greenberg’s “The Avante Garde and Kitsch”, 1939 and contrasted this material with artwork produced in New York between 1930 and the present. This course culminated with students traveling to NYC for site visits to artist studios, galleries, and museums.

Netherlandish Art 1400 to the present – Brussels, Belgium and Amsterdam, Holland, May 2004
The impact on art by Northern Europe (specifically Belgium and Holland) from the 1400s to the present was explored. The class was designed to offer the student first-hand experience coupled with influential writings and analysis addressing art of Europe’s Northern Lowlands. During travel, students visited art galleries, studios, museums and other culturally relevant institutions. Through these excursions, the students were introduced to cultural themes, artistic style and architectural innovation developed over five centuries. Students were introduced to the work of seminal artists, such as Johannes Vermeer, Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, Karel Appel, Vincent van Gogh and Jan van Eyck, as well as contemporary photographers Renike Dijkstra, Hellen van Meene, Wout Berger and Bertien Manen.

Art in New York – NYC, NY, March 2003
Contemporary art making practices were examined as students traveled to NYC to visit artist studios, galleries and museums. Students contrasted seminal writings by Fredric Jameson, Hal Foster, Vicki Goldberg and Bell Hooks with artists addressing themes related to multiculturalism, post-modernism and art + commerce. In addition, students looked in-depth at the work of Mathew Barney, Thomas Struth, Jesse Bercowetz and Barbara Kruger.

Renaissance Studies – Florence, Milan, and Venice, Italy and Lugano, Switzerland, May 2002
The art and culture of Southern Europe (specifically Switzerland and Northern Italy) during the Renaissance was the focus. The class was initiated to offer the student first-hand experience coupled with seminal writings and analysis addressing art of the Italian Renaissance and its influence on contemporary society. During travel, students visited art galleries, studios, museums and other culturally relevant institutions. Through these excursions, the students were introduced to cultural themes, artistic style and architectural innovation began in the 13th century and continued through the present day.

For additional information on future Art & Design Department travel, please contact the department at 815-740-6446.