The Aggies Have Returned!
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012
USU student Melanie Hill drawing in a cemetery near the students' guesthouse in Essen. (All photos by USU student Alexandra Johnson, a junior with dual majors of psychology and art.)
Madison Pope sketching in the Gemaldegalerie in Berlin. (All photos by USU student Alexandra Johnson, a junior with dual majors of psychology and art.)
Newt Waldron, Kaitlyn Gourley and Stephanie Hickey at Steinbart Gymnasium in Duisburg. (All photos by USU student Alexandra Johnson, a junior with dual majors of psychology and art.)
Denver Smith drawing at the outdoor mall in central Essen. (All photos by USU student Alexandra Johnson, a junior with dual majors of psychology and art.)
Utah State University art students have returned from abroad and are eager to show what they learned during their five-week stay in Germany. Examples of their work are included in the exhibit “Aggies in Deutschland,” showing Sept. 4-14 in Gallery 102, located in the Chase Fine Arts Center on USU’s Logan campus.
Twelve students and a graduate assistant accompanied Christopher Terry, program facilitator and professor of art, painting and drawing in the Caine College of the Arts, on a study abroad art program to western Germany for five weeks.
“I absolutely loved the study abroad program and I feel that every student should have an opportunity to experience it,” said Valerie Jenkins, a junior majoring in interior design.
As part of the program, USU students worked on a collaborative project with German students at the Steinbart Gymnasium in Duisburg. Together, they went through the city drawing sketches and gathering images of the sights. Using those images they created large drawings and collages of Duisburg.
“Our collaborative project this year went beyond my expectations and has already given me new ideas about how I might expand the program further,” said Terry.
While in Essen, students visited the Museum Folkwang, one of the leading museums in Germany famous for its collection of modern and contemporary art. Also included in the program was a visit to the Zeche Zollverein UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site. Zeche Zollverein was originally a coal mine and now is the home of the red dot design museum, famous for contemporary design.
“Each museum we visited left an impression on me and seeing hundreds of works of art with my own eyes was awe-inspiring,” said Alexandra Johnson, a junior dual majoring in psychology and art. “This was an experience wholly different from the usual art class.”
Gallery 102 is open Monday through Friday from noon-5 p.m. “Aggies in Deutschland” is free and open to all.
Writer: Kara Rindlisbacher, (435) 797-9203, email@example.com
Contact: Christopher Terry, (435) 797-3409, firstname.lastname@example.org