FLORENCE – Francis Marion University’s Art 390, “Contemporary Art Since 1980,” is taking it to the streets … the streets and galleries of New York City, that is.
Set to begin May 18 and run through June 7, the course will involve two weeks of classroom study and preparation. Sam Howell, assistant professor of art, and students will then travel to New York City to visit galleries and museums featuring contemporary artists.
In addition to the course’s tuition, the trip will cost approximately $500. “It’s a shoestring trip, a five-day visit to New York,” Howell says. Although the details of travel are still being worked out, most likely the group will travel via Amtrak.
The course is open to students whose coursework has prepared them with the necessary prerequisites or to those with an art history background. Others interested in the course may enroll with the permission of the professor. The trip currently includes galleries in SOHO, Greenwich, Midtown galleries, 57th Street galleries, Madison Avenue and beyond. The group will be viewing permanent collections and traveling exhibits.
“There is just so much to see that we had to narrow the time frame down. Contemporary Art Since 1980 certainly does that,” Howell says. Howell, whose personal art interest ranges from Chinese ceramics to Greek sculpture, says that depending on whom enrolls, and on their backgrounds, the trip will be modified to include something of interest to everyone.
Students involved in the four areas of visual arts offered in the FMU fine arts program (ceramics, photography, painting, and graphic design), are invited to enroll in the course. Howell, who teachers art history, art appreciation, and art styles, is not a practicing artist, but certainly appreciates art.
Howell will be teaching a course on Islamic and African art in the fall, a new course and one on East Asian art. He also introduced a new course at FMU in Native Arts of the Americas this spring. For more information about registration, call the FMU Office of Admissions at 843-6611231, the Registrar’s Office at 843-661-1175 or Howell at 843-661-1543.
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