Pathways: The Influence of Ancient Art on Contemporary Art enables students to explore Siena, a Tuscan hill town that flourished during the Middle Ages and still retains its walls and traditions in a mixture of old and new. Siena has a fascinating history and contains important examples of religious art and architecture. The traditions of the Palio (horse race) are still alive in each contrada or neighborhood so that an elaborate culture of parade, performance, costume, and local identity is maintained. Siena also has the growing presence in contemporary art thanks to the Siena Art Institute (SART), the host institution. Students will have access to museums, churches, collections, archives, and other historic and cultural resources of Siena through partnering with the staff, faculty, and programming (including guest lecturers and visiting artists) of the Art Institute. Staff from SART will serve as guides for local visits as well as during excursions in the Tuscan countryside and Florence (center of Renaissance art). Students will gather research material during their explorations of the city and its surroundings. They will have the opportunity to work with these materials in the studios of SART as well as participate in the life of the city through a series of walking, mapping, creating, and collecting projects with related readings and lectures on walking, art, and ritual.
This program is located in Siena, Italy.
Students will stay in accommodations on near the Siena Art Institute.
Program Coordinator, Global Education, The College of Arts and Sciences
Courses and Credit
Students are required to be enrolled in Art 5797 (3 credits) during this education abroad program.
This art course features studio assignments and visits to cultural institutions, readings, discussions, and critiques. Topics of exploration include walking, drawing, collecting, and other forms of "mapping" of local areas and structures and their traditions. The course will focus on aesthetic and conceptual approaches to walks and processions (of which there are many in Siena). Students will produce a series of short exercises and projects. The course should provide a framework for engaging with Siena, its history, and traditions. Siena is a tiered and walled city with a historical center. The city was on a pilgrimage route or francigena during the middle ages and has a walking tradition. The walking projects will enable ideas of drawing as line, performance, mapping, and collecting, and draw upon the connection of ancient art, architecture, and ritual.
All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.
Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.
Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure. For information about apply for a passport, go to travel.state.gov.
Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $TBD program fee. The program fee includes room, program excursions and field trips, local transportation, program instruction and supplemental insurance. It does not cover airfare/transportation to and from Siena, meals, or personal expenses.
If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.
If a students withdraw or become ineligible any time 11 days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.
Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed. After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.
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