While classroom analysis builds awareness, a personal encounter with a work of art creates a connection. Professors from the art department weave their first hand experiences and connections into their lectures and teachings every day and encourage students to see the work for themselves.
“When you study abroad, you experience a new part of the world,” said Assistant Professor of Art Bryan Zygmont. “You begin thinking differently, seeing things differently. After you come back home from a worldly experience, you begin seeing things you missed before your trip. It opens a whole new perspective.”
Doug Schlesier, professor of art, who has been to countless parts of the world, has taken students on trips to Mexico for a total cross cultural experience.
“We’d go to art openings, tombs, try the food, be a part of the culture,” said Schlesier “Art was always the overriding theme in our trip, but we’d experience Mexico to the fullest. Many students found ways to get back there to experience that all over again.”
The art department has taken class trips to Florence and Rome, Italy and will be traveling to Paris, Belgium and Amsterdam in May.