A new exhibit at Utah State University features student work from the first-ever Vienna/Prague Arts Study Abroad Program. Sponsored by the Department of Art in USU’s Caine College of the Arts, the exhibit, “Here and There,” opens Monday, Sept. 13, with a reception in Studio 102 of the Chase Fine Arts Center at USU (Fine Arts Visual, Room 102).
Studio 102 is open noon-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The public opening and reception is Sept. 13, 6- 8 p.m.
All artwork was created from, or influenced by, the environment, the arts and culture of Austrian town, cities and locations in and around Vienna, Salzburg, Linz, Melk, St. Gilgen and Hallstatt. Other locations featured in artwork are Prague and Budapest.
The displayed art includes photography, installations, sculptures, graphics and paintings.
Alan Hashimoto, associate professor of art in the Caine College of the Arts, led the study abroad program May 8-June 2.
Hashimoto said students spent 14 days in Vienna and surrounding areas. Students also took bike tours of the wine country in the Wachau Valley along the Danube River.
“The open air surrounding castles, monuments and other noteworthy sites created an atmosphere of curiosity, interactivity and wonder,” said Matt Hales, a senior in the graphic design program and study abroad participant. “Falling asleep at a desk is easy, falling asleep biking along the Danube would have been dangerous and just wouldn’t happen because it’s so interesting.”
Students also had the opportunity to visit locations independently, including Hungary, England, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Greece and France.
Hashimoto said this particular study abroad trip was a “maiden voyage” and focused on encouraging students to see and experience first-hand foreign environments, historic sites, other cultures, art and design.
“The program took a closer look at other cultures because students lived in locally-run housing, ate local food and used public transportation systems,” he said.
Hashimoto believes his students were prepared for their summer study abroad trip by taking a required, semester-long, USU-based class held in conjunction with the program where they learned about Austria, Vienna, surrounding areas and Prague before the actual trip.
“We are planning the new program to include Venice, Italy, next summer,” Hashimoto said, “Tentative dates are June 5 to June 30.”
Hashimoto and students from the study abroad program invite the public to share in their artwork by visiting “Here and There,” Sept. 13-17 in Studio 102.
“This exhibit is a valuable opportunity for us to blend our travels with the invitation for others to experience them as well,” Hales said.
The Caine College of the Arts, established in 2010, began as the Caine School of the Arts in 2005 and was the creation of then dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, Stan Albrecht. The Caine College of the Arts seeks to make the arts more visible, more innovative and more fully integrated into the intellectual life of Utah State University and the communities it serves.
Contact: Alan Hashimoto, firstname.lastname@example.org