The Art Program has received a generous endowment to sponsor an annual trip for students majoring/minoring in art. The program has traveled several times to New York City and Washington DC, along with occasional trips to Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
Students in Art at Transylvania have opportunities to travel abroad, through accredited summer and regular term programs coordinated with the Office of Special Programs. Transylvania's May Term also affords students a wide selection of art and non-art travel courses to major European, Asian, and domestic cultural sites.
May Term 2011: Travel Course to China
China's Cities: Legacy of the Past, Incursions in the Present is a 2010 May Term course led by art history professors Dr. Wei Lin and Dr. Nancy Coleman Wolsk. The course will focus on the architecture, tombs, gardens, and city designs of Shanghai, Suzhou, Nanjing, Xi'an and Beijing. Students will visit contemporoary buildings inlcuding the 101-story Shanghai World Financial Center and the now-famous "Bird's Nest"---the Olympic National Stadium in Beijing.
This course focuses on the juxtapostion of the old and new--Chinese tradition and western incursion. The works we will discuss center on both Chinese and western ideas. We will ask questions about the legacy of the past and its connecetions to the present; not least of these questions will be addresssed to China's world exposition, held in Shanghai and slated from opening in May 2010.
We will meet several times during the winter term as preparation for travel in China and then begin the official May Term with a six-day introduction to Chinese culture. The course culminates in a seventeen-day trip to China. There is no prerequisite for this course.
May Term 2011: Drawing on Ireland
Co-taught by artist Jack Girard and writer Martha Gerhinger, this course will entail a short week of on-campus pre-travel preparation, two weeks in residency at the Burren College of Art, and approximately ten days of on-campus follow-up-a concluding period of assessment, revision, and refinement. "Drawing on Ireland" is designed as a workshop/studio experience. Once we get our feet on the ground in Ireland, we will commence working as writers and artists in a place that, throughout history, has inspired people to create and to express. There is no question about it, the Burren will ignite your imagination and shift your perspective in ways that are going to be expansive and transformative. The time you will be spending together (both in Ireland and back here at Transylvania) will be time to explore, talk, ponder, read, write, create, and express. You will find the place where you will spend the next couple of weeks to be amazing-to the eye, to the ear, and to the heart. To be totally affected by it, you need only be alert and interested. Students interested in this study abroad experience need to contact art professor Jack Girard or foundations of liberal arts professor Martha Gerhinger.