Location: New York City, New York

Semester: Summer 2022 (tentative)

This class combines travel with artistic production. We will travel to New York City, Grand Rapids and Detroit to see significant works of Public Art and then make some for the City of East Lansing. We will cover all aspects of production from generating a theme, sourcing the image, putting together a professional public art proposal, to execution and installation of the work.

One Week in NYC:
While in the city we will visit the many public artworks that the city has to offer. From the decorative, the relational, the socially conscious, to the narration of histories, and the issue of cultural memory, we will seek to understand public works of art and apply that knowledge to the creative experience. We will see sanctioned works like murals on buildings and in foyers, restaurants, libraries, sculpture in public squares, and parks, to the more transient images of graffiti, and advertising, the challenge of this class is to take on the question of “the Image,” and then to respond by generating a collaborative visual work that expresses the collective voice of the class.

Dates: TBD (1 week in June or July)

Application Deadline: TBD

Courses: Students will earn 1 credit of AL 491 for the NYC portion of the program and 3 credits of STA 491 for the on-campus course.

Housing: While in NYC, students will be housed in shared rooms at Freehand Hotel NYC

Eligibility: Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0. The course is open to students of all majors and all levels of artistic experience.

Program Fee: TBD

Program Fee will include housing in NYC, at least one group dinner, group excursions, and transportation within NYC (subway). Fee does not include MSU tuition, airfare to and from New York, books and materials, meals, and personal spending money. Financial Aid may be applicable to the total estimated cost of the program. 

This class is registered as an Option Course in the Citizen Scholar Program.

For Additional Class Information Contact: Associate Professor Benjamin Duke, Dukeb@msu.edu

Applicants who have a major within the College of Arts & Letters are eligible to apply for the CAL Study Away Scholarship. Visit http://excelnetwork.cal.msu.edu/scholarships/study-abroad-scholarships for more information or to apply.