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Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401-4999
The Knox in New York program, designed and taught by Associate Professors of Art Lynette Lombard and Tony Gant, is an extension of the fall term course that combines studio art with art history.
During fall term, the 10-12 students in the class split their time between learning art history and working on their own paintings in the studio. The history portion focuses on 20th to 21st century art history in New York, with special focus on how the center of the art world moved from Europe to New York City. Students study decade-by-decade and create art in the studio inspired by in-class discussions.
When fall term ends, students travel to New York City -- "the mecca of art" -- to study at the New York Studio School. For just over two weeks, students attend lectures from art historians and artists, work intensively on drawing and painting in their own studio space, visit galleries and museums, and give a presentation on a painting of their choice.
Program directors Lynette Lombard and Tony Gant say visits to the galleries are some of the highlights of the program, describing class discussions of the art as "fantastic" and "charged." The plethora of artists (many of them Knox alumni), as well as the directors' connections with museums and art houses, allow students to be exposed to art as a way of life. Knox students have visited alums such as Katie Bell '08, Ryan Fitzgerald '04, and Jason Eisner '95.
After the trip, students return to Knox for a four to five-day "decompression period." During this time, students have the opportunity to work on art based on their experiences -- many choose to work in an art style they have not tried before.
Day 1: Check in at O'Hare Airport, Chicago. Arrive in New York, bus to Grand Central station, and subway to hotel. Brief orientation on negotiating the city, a visit to the Highline, and dinner in the East Village.
Day 2: Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Attend optional Guggenheim lectures and symposia.
Day 3: Students are split into two groups. Group one begins drawing at the New York Studio School; group two works on artist presentations. Regroup to visit MOMA, and have a group discussion with contemporary artists.
Day 4: Group one continues drawing; group two continues work on presentations. Regroup at the New York Studio School for a lunchtime lecture by an art historian. Travel to the Guggenheim Museum. Evening lecture at the New York Studio School.
Day 5: Group one continues drawing; group two continues work on presentations. Regroup to visit MOMA, and then a lecture at NYSS.
Day 6: No drawing class -- free time to work on presentations or visit uptown galleries. Lunch lecture by a New York artist at NYSS. Visit more galleries as a group.
Day 7: Last day of drawing for group one. Group two visits the Whitney. Artist presentations begin. Students visit a Knox alum.
Day 8: Students meet at Grand Central Station and go to DIA Beacon.
Day 9: Free day
Day 10: Group two begins drawing classes at the NYSS. Group one begins work on their presentations. Regroup in the afternoon to listen to artist presentations.
Day 11: Group two drawing at the NYSS. Group one works on presentations. Regroup for artist presentations, a lunchtime lecture by an art historian, a visit to Knox alum Katie Bell's studio, and an evening lecture at NYSS.
Day 12: Group two drawing at the NYSS. Group one works on presentations. Regroup for artist presentations and an evening lecture at the NYSS.
Day 13: No drawing classes. Listen to artist presentations and attend a lunchtime lecture at the NYSS.
Day 14: Last day of drawing classes for group two. Group one visits a museum or galleries. Regroup at the NYSS to collect artwork and listen to the last of the artist presentations.
Days 15-17: Return to Galesburg, work on individual projects inspired by the trip, and final critique of projects and work produced over the term.
class of 2014 and 2015
students were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa