Global Positioning Studies

The School of Art & Design’s Global Positioning Studies (GPS) is an interdisciplinary visual art and design initiative that positions students at the crossroads between a local sense of place and a global understanding of that place in the world. Through direct experience, Global Positioning Studies courses encourage students to engage the world as a fertile ground for art making and critical research. In addition to GPS related courses, the School of Art and Design weaves community and environmentally driven components into much of their programming – including core-curriculum courses, School-wide projects, initiatives and visiting lectures.

2014 GPS Scholarship Application

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Courses


Art & Environment

Art & Environment

Art and Environment is a multidisciplinary graduate and upper-level undergraduate studio/seminar course. It is designed to increase awareness for the interactivity of studio artists and the environment. We will be examining the natural world as media, catalyst and content. Students will meet once a week as a group to address the seminar and field component of the course. The other scheduled class sessions will be dedicated to studio work. The course will include readings, presentations, field trips and art making with accompanying critiques.

Art and Environment Website

Art & Environment: Coastal Maine

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Art and Environment: COASTAL MAINE is a four-week, indoor/outdoor field course for artists(undergraduate students, graduate students, and non-traditional students) offered with the generous support of the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation. The focus of the course will be to study and discuss the notion of place as it pertains to the unique microenvironment of Coastal Maine. We will do this by engaging water, natural resources and recreational adventure as means to explore the larger environmental and cultural issues that form and shape the area.

Coastal Maine Website

Art & Environment: Hawaii

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Art & Environment: Hawaii is a semester long, outdoor field course for artists. The focus of the course will be to study and discuss the notion of place as it pertains to the to the unique microenvironment of the Hawaiian Islands. We will do this by engaging water, natural resources and recreational adventure as means to explore the larger environmental and cultural issues that form and shape the area. Through exposure to sites and with the expertise presented by various guests, we will examine what it means to be influenced by geography and explore how that influences our artwork.


Disegno Italia

Disegno Italia

The Disegno Italia summer course provide students with the opportunity to earn six hours credit in Italian art, design and culture in a four-week course that begins at il Sillabo in San Giovanni Valdarno, located twenty minutes outside of Florence in the Tuscan countryside, and concludes in Milan at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) where students absorb the professional design culture of contemporary Italy.

Disegno Italia Website


Frank Lloyd Wright Course

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The Architect Frank Lloyd Wright course provides an opportunity to look closely at Wright’s life and work and place it in the context of developments in modern architecture. Students will consider how each of his designs responds to the particular location and function for which it was built. His iconic structures—from the early Prairie Houses, to Fallingwater, to the Guggenheim Museum—can only be understood in relation to their response to place. Students will pursue a semester-long research project taking advantage of the easy proximity of Wright’s masterwork, the Kaufmann House (Fallingwater), and his late Usonian design, the Hagan House (Kentuck Knob). The direct experience with these specific buildings allows students to come to terms with Wright’s theory of organic architecture that has been so influential on today’s green designers.

The Architect Frank Lloyd Wright Website

Jackson Hole Photography Workshop

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West Virginia University’s Jackson Hole Photography Workshop is a 10-day intensive field course that explores the diverse and remote region of northwestern Wyoming. The workshop partners with the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts in the heart of downtown Jackson, Wyoming as its home base. Daily excursions exploring this stunning region are complemented by darkroom and digital work sessions, critiques of work in progress, gallery visits, and evening presentations. The course is limited in size to insure a close working relationship with the faculty and a significant amount of one-on-one attention.

Jackson Hole Photography Workshop Website
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Medieval Stained Glass in France

Medieval painted stained glass in France comprises of a research course to France to study examples of architectural stained glass windows c. 1140-1400. To participate in this trip to Paris and regional churches to see stained glass in situ and in museums and studios, students must have completed a Medieval Art period survey course. Students will take part in two pre-spring break and two post-spring break discussion meetings, participate in all activities of the study trip, engage in photography and writing on a daily basis during the eight days in France, and present their photos, observations, and analyses to the class.


Place: Appalachia

PLACE:APPALACHIA is a two week, outdoor field course for artists. The focus of the course is to study and discuss the notion of place as it pertains to the Appalachian region of West Virginia. Students will do this by engaging water, coal, agriculture and recreational adventure as means to explore the larger environmental and cultural issues that form and shape the area. Through exposure to sites and with the expertise presented by various guests, students will examine what it means to be influenced by a geography and explore how that influences their art work.

Place: Appalachia Website


Space: Atacama

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Space: Atacama is a six credit multimedia, adventure art course that takes students into the remote and magical desert region of northern Chile to investigate themes of perception, space, multi-media and the environment. We explore these subjects through daily expeditions launched from the class base – a small cabin at the foot of the Andes Mountains, just outside the small desert town of San Pedro de Atacama. Traveling by foot, bicycle, and 4×4, equipped with camcorders, laptops, digital cameras, and GPS units, students venture out in teams into remote regions of this fascinating and breathtaking landscape, recording and documenting their experiences. Students also learn and are exposed to Chilean as well as pre-Columbian/Andean history and culture, witnessing the largest desert folk festival in the region. After 2-day visit to Chile centuries old capitol of Santiago visiting important cultural and historical landmarks, students return to the US to complete a multimedia project that responds to their journey and newfound knowledge. This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Space: Atacama Website