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UCSC Summer Study Abroad

Art in the Global Context

August 11-31, 2019

Information Session: Learn more about Art in the Global Context in the Czech Republic, a Univeristy of California, Santa Cruz Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program

 Wednesday, February 6 at 3:00pm to 3:45pm

 Elena Baskin Visual Arts Center, Seminar Room D-101 
Baskin Service Road, Santa Cruz, California 95064

About the Program

Join Professor Dee Hibbert-Jones next summer in this immersive studio art class where students create site-responsive sculptures, drawings, performances and installations that explore art in a global context.

UC Santa Cruz Faculty-Led Summer Study Abroad programs offer students an international experience with UC Santa Cruz faculty. These programs encompass UC Santa Cruz courses taught abroad, with excursions and cultural activities enhanced by the location. Many provide opportunities for students to visit non-English speaking countries while doing their coursework in English. Class sizes are small — 12-25 students — allowing for an intimate learning experience.


Aug. 11 - 31, 2019


ArtMill, Czech Republic


Art 189, 199, and 199F


Horaždovice, Czech Republic (Map)

Program Overview

Arrival Date: August 11, 2019          End Date: August 31, 2019

In this immersive studio art class students create site-responsive sculptures, drawings, performances and installations that explore art in a global context. Using the rich history and culture of Central Europe as site and locale, the class will travel to contemporary art museums, cultural and historical sites in Prague and Berlin (1 week), then create responsive artworks on-site at ArtMill’s Center for Sustainability, in the Bohemian countryside, Czech Republic (2 weeks). Studio assignments, lectures, conceptual, fabrication practices and critique will be led by UCSC Professor Dee Hibbert-Jones; artist and writer Barbara Benish,  Director of ArtMill, as well as visiting faculty and professional artists from Czech Republic and other internationally recognized art schools and universities, such as NYU in New York, and the Dresden and Berlin Academies.  Students will create original artworks that explore the complex relationship between object-making, place-making, aesthetics and cultural identity in a global context through four themed projects. There will be a final exhibition on-site and open to the public. Our themed topics are:

  • Global (im)mobility free markets, art fairs, non-places (Orientation, travel to museums, galleries, artist studios in Prague & Berlin)
  • Appropriation: borrowed cultures, local origins, Americanization (Orientation at ArtMill Center & Studios)
  • Participation Networks: participation, cooperation, local/ global relationships (Participatory artwork in public space: Prague, Bohemia, ArtMill Center)
  • Wastelands: global environmental impacts and ecologies (Site-specific environmental projects ArtMill Center) 

Program Highlights

Prague, Czech Republic:

Visit the National Gallery of Contemporary Art for an overview of European trends in art housed in the revolutionary architecture of Veletrzni Palace, one of the icons of early Functionalist architecture. Discussion on Non-places, jet-setting, in-between-ness & exile. The site was also used as a deportation center for Prague Jews during WWII. 

Visit American architect Frank Ghery’s “Fred & Ginger” Building in Prague’s historic river-front Baroque neighborhood; Walking tour with architecture expert and critic Dr. Jana Ticha to the Zizkov district, home of Bohemian Prague’s historic working-class neighborhood and today’s alternative art scene. Dr. Ticha is editor of the nation’s top architectural magazine and is Professor at the Architecture Academy. Students will discuss public/private art, & Local/global culture.

Walking tour along Vltava River to view ArtWall, (founded by Barbara Benish in the late 1990’s) and the Center for Contemporary Art, Prague. It is the country’s most widely viewed public art space. Q and A with the artist: How political is Public Art? What is the impact on the local of the global how to access and reach “the public”.

Walk to Narodni Divadlo/National Theatre for behind the scenes tour with award-winning Scenographer Jana Prekova. Guided discussion on the “Velvet Revolution” (1989) and how artists contributed to political change (Narodni street), with NYU teacher and former dissident Jan Urban (Voice of America). Students prepare a discussion on nationalism, democracy, and the power of the people to influence. Global relationships, labor, and mobilizing the image.

Visit Museum Kampa to visit one of the largest collection of F. Kupka in Europe and the most comprehensive Central European contemporary art collection. Discussion on nationalism, democracy, and the power of the people to create change. Global relationships, labor, and mobilizing the image.The topic for students: Inter-war creative expressions, end of Colonial (Hapsburg) rule and the establishment of 1st Republic (Czechoslovakia), how the arts reflected the new democracies of Europe. Global relationships, labor, and mobilizing the image cont.

Visit Technological Museum, documenting the rise of design in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia when the country was the 3rd largest industrial nation in Europe. Tour and discussion with some of the top Czech Contemporary Designers. Topic: cross-currents of inter-war Czechoslovakia and today’s art scene? The power of the object, readymade vs. mass production. Global regulations and the power of the internet.

Berlin, Germany

Neue Nationalgalerie, the New National Gallery housing modern art in the iconic building by Mies van der Rohe (1968). Tour with local artist Monika Brandmeier +Walking tour of galleries in the bustling district of Kreuzberg and Sammlung Boros, in a massive former World War II bunker in the heart of Berlin….works by internationally renowned artists to be discussed by students on site. Discussion of cultural appropriation and the influence of ubiquitous US culture on the world.

Accommodations: In Prague and Berlin we will be staying in pensions. Most bathrooms in Prague are still gendered, but that is changing. Berlin is more progressive than the Czech Republic in this one capacity. Professor Hibbert-Jones or one of ArtMill's staff will be in the same hotel as students. At ArtMill, students can choose to stay at local hotel accommodations or in the ArtMill Stable. Our preferred hotel partner is one kilometer away. Students can walk to/from ArtMill each morning, bike, or take the mini-bus. Hotels are clean, modern, and have all the amenities necessary (hot showers, clean linens, clean standards in general and comfortable beds). ArtMill has a Registered Nurse available 24/7, per Czech law.

Accessibility: All facilities at ArtMill (barn gallery, studios, library, etc.) have wheelchair accessibility, except for the mill itself, which is 4 stories high (no lift). Housing accommodations also have access, per Czech law. The site visits in Prague and Berlin may have limited access. These can be worked out ahead of time with proper advance notice. 

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