Our drawing instructor, Carol Fabricatore, went to Mexico.
One of the things I did during my summer break was participate in a two week studio intensive in Oaxaca, Mexico through SVA Arts Abroad with Mary Jo Vath and Steve De Frank. I had some wonderful studio time there to work. What an amazing place and trip! It’s the sort of place that reminds you that you’re alive. It attacks all of your senses; the beauty of the Mexican people, vibrant colors, multilayered textures, demonstrations and celebrations in the streets, and stories around every corner. I wanted to capture everything! I visited the archeological sites of Monte Alban, and Mitla, and saw some of the beautiful valleys and it’s indigenous people. I went to many of the traditional markets and artisan villages in Oaxaca and surrounding towns. Even though it was sometimes difficult to draw in the 100 degree heat, I was inspired by the art, culture, people, and the stories and motivated to create as much as possible during the time I was there, and in the weeks since.
Carl Titolo who teaches what is known as the Carshall Book Class traveled to Italy.
Here’s his quote:
On location in Santa Margherita Ligure, Summer 2016, “Heaven”
David Sandlin, our Thesis Coordinator, had this to say:
I’ve spent the last little while working on my summer studio in the Catskills, and in August, I finally got a canvas up on the wall and started work on my next big painting.
We decided to poll our faculty on what they did this past summer. The first post is from N. C. Christopher Couch who teaches The History of Storytelling.
Marshall likes to say that my art history Ph.D. from Columbia is in shamanism; this summer I was fortunate enough to be part of a seminar on Native American history and culture at the Library of Congress. For four weeks, twenty faculty members and grad students from all over the country read books by and got to meet with cutting-edge historians in the field, like Ned Blackhawk from Yale, and we each pursued our own research projects. Mine was on early printed devotional works in the Massachusetts language and how they were used by Native and English readers, a project that combines book history and ethnohistory. I will present a paper on that research at the Bucknell Digital Scholarship Conference in October. For the World Science Fiction Convention, MidAmericon II in Kansas City in August, I was on the programming committee, and also gave a paper in the simultaneous John W. Campbell Conference on science fiction scholarship on Superman comic strips. Research included tracking down the work of Katherine Cate Coblentz, whose work is memorialized in 10 beautiful etched glass panels from the illustrations of her children’s books in the Cleveland Park Library in Washington, D.C.