Studio Art in Athens

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or above
Location: Europe, Greece
GPA: 2.5
Program Overview

The unique landscape of the Greek islands and the multilayered city of Athens provide the setting for this intensive three-week studio art course. Through a series of lectures, fieldwork, daily excursions to archaeological sites and museums, contemporary galleries and engagement with land and sea, students will have the opportunity to weave their experience of place and consideration of history and art into the practice of making art. Our methods will be interdisciplinary and open to various modes of expression, which might include but are not limited to, drawing and painting, text, performance, photography, sound and video. The emphasis is less on a technique or process and more on developing a methodology that creatively articulates your response to your surroundings and experience of travel. 

In addition to the daily practice of making art, an important component of the course will be the study of artists who engage in practices that involve  traveling to or otherwise focusing on specific geographic locations. We will look toward these practices to give shape to student’s artistic production during this course. We will examine conventional examples of art dealing with how place forms social, historical and cultural values as well as artists who complicate traditional ways of representing geographic sites, or their activity at those sites. 

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There are specific scholarships available for this program. To be eligible, students must meet the eligibility criteria for the program, and submit a completed program application as well as the scholarship questionnaire within the application by the final application deadline listed below. The scholarship application for this program is a questionnaire located within the GEO application for this program (the questionnaire is a part of the online application). Awards range from $500-$1,500. Students will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application after the final application deadline and after scholarship essays have been reviewed. Review of scholaship essays and program applications generally takes up to two weeks after the deadline, but in some cases can take longer.

Academic Details

In Studio Art in Athens, you will apply media, techniques and strategies to create art that interprets objects, images and gestures from the natural world and culture of Greece. Through exploring the notion of travel as a creative activity while gaining an understanding of the traveler’s cultural position, you will fully engage with the environment at hand as well as the process of travelling through creative practice. You will gain a basic understanding of Greek history, culture and art over the course of the program through exposure to museums and contemporary art in Athens from commercial galleries, performance and design studios to alternate creative hubs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Faculty and Staff

Colleen Choquette-Raphael
Colleen uses text, photography, video and found objects to investigate how artifacts from the natural world and culture act as mediators of experience. Currently her practice includes strategies of repetition and duration to compose a performative narrative around the plight of the elephant as a symbol of matriarchy, grief and the history of speciesism. As UO faculty, Choquette-Raphael has taught a broad constellation of courses from all aspects of photographic media, experimental book structures and seminars on public art and performance. Her work has been exhibited nationally. She has served as the director of study abroad programs in Italy and Greece and has been invited to lead UO alumni tours in Tanzania, the Amalfi Coast and Tuscany.

Carla Bengtson
Carla's speculative projects between art and science ask what might be seen and what might be said between species, while revealing how differing bodies and environments shape what we are able to think, do, and say. Recent projects include attempting to teach monkeys to point at snakes – the precursor to human language, learning the embodied language of fence lizards, and partnering with crows to give nonhuman animals a voice in climate change politics. Bengtson is an internationally exhibiting artist and the recipient of numerous awards, including residencies at the 18th St Arts Center, Ucross, MassMoCA, Djerassi, Signal Fire, and Tiputini Biodiversity Research Stations; as well as awards from the Ford Family Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Institute of Art and Olfaction, and the NEA. She holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art, an MFA from Yale School of Art, and participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program.

Housing Description

While in Athens, you will live in a shared apartment with a small kitchenette within walking distance of the Athens Centre. Generally, there will be two to four students in each apartment, although some houses will accommodate up to six people. You have the choice of cooking meals in the apartment, or eating at one of the inexpensive cafés and restaurants near the Athens Centre.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Priority Deadline Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Summer 2022 2/15/2022 3/15/2022 8/28/2022 9/16/2022

Travel Advisories

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