AR 3883 Art Survey:  Maine to Manhattan (3 credits)

Students will directly experience local and internationally renowned art, artists and art institutions. This course will provide a survey of art and architecture through experience, reading, films, and writing. From the Renaissance to Post-Modernism, students will become familiar with major movements in art through research and site visits with travel to New York City, the Hudson Valley, NY and Maine. While in NYC, students will visit major institutions and the surrounding area such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art and surrounding High Line and Chelsea art galleries, the Brooklyn Museum of Art & Brooklyn Botanic Garden and surrounding galleries, as well as Dia Beacon in the Hudson Valley. Trips to galleries, museums and alternative art spaces in Portland and Rockland Maine and studio visits with artists will provide a regional contrast and context.

Instructor: Deanna Witman
Dates: May 16-May 29, 2010
In New York City: May 19-May 25
In Unity, Maine: May 16-18; May 25-29
Class Size: 12 Students

Tuition: $1770.00
On-Campus Room & Board: $600.00
Fee: $475.00
Non-refundable deposit of $250.00 due on January 17, 2020
Tuition and fees must be paid in full by May 1, 2020


About the Instructor

Deanna-Witman-Unity-CollegeDeanna is a Maine transdisciplinary artist working with photographic media. She was educated in the environmental sciences which led to her working as a field biologist for more than a decade. Her creative practice is a merger of inquiry and discovery with that of experimentation and expression.  Her work questions our relationship to the natural world, our place in the universe, and our responsibly to this earth and those who inhabit it.

Living along the banks of the St. George River in Maine is where the verdant greens and the shifting tides inspire her.  She is an Assistant Professor in Environmental Humanities at Unity College and the Managing Editor of Hawk & Handsaw – The Journal of Creative Sustainability, the college’s literary and visual arts journal.

Her work has been exhibited internationally, and she is the recipient of grants from Maine Arts Commission, The John Anson Kittredge Fund, and The Kindling Fund (a re-grantor for The Warhol Foundation).

New York City / Maine Trip Itinerary

5/14 – Thursday: Unity College campus
5/15 – Friday: Unity College campus
5/16 – Saturday: research day for students
5/17 – Sunday: Travel to NYC
5/18 – Monday: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Central Park
5/19 – Tuesday: Guggenheim Museum
5/20 – Wednesday: Whitney Museum / Chelsea / The High Line
5/21 – Thursday: Travel upstate via train to Dia Beacon
5/22 – Friday: Brooklyn
5/23 – Saturday: Return travel to Unity College
5/24 – Sunday: no class
5/25 – Monday: Unity College campus / studio visits
5/26 – Tuesday: Portland / PMA
5/27 – Wednesday: Rockland / CMCA
5/28 – Thursday – Last Day of Class, Unity College Campus