Los Angeles

All students: January 4—12, 2018


Students taking STUDIO credit: January 18—19, and 22—23, 2018

Students taking only ARTHI credit do not need to meet back in Chicago.

Note: Dates subject to change

Los Angeles is a city experiencing explosive cultural growth. It is a nexus of popular and fine art, where television, film, music, design, and the arts meet. Geographically it sits at a point where the cultures of the US, Latin America, and Asia meet. This blend of globalism, creativity and sprawling space gives the city a vibrancy and relevancy that make it an attractive place for artists to live and work. In the last few years the number of artists and galleries has increased rapidly, and is reflected in the range of institutions and art work that can be seen, from small DIY spaces showing work from recent graduates to blue chip galleries exhibiting historical surveys.

During this trip students will get a thorough overview of one of the art capitals of the world. Students will visit all of the major museums, numerous galleries, and 5–6 artists' studios. At the end of the stay a short trip to Joshua Tree will take place. The trip will comprise 9 days in Los Angeles and 4 days of critique and studio visits in Chicago.

Mari Eastman lived and worked in Los Angeles for 16 years and taught at several of the art schools there (including UCLA, CalArts, USC). Sarah Graiwer-Lehrer is a Los Angeles based curator and writer. This class can be taken for either studio or art history credit. Studio credit students will attend an all class presentation and will have studio visits from the instructor once we have returned to Chicago.


3 credits STUDIO and/or 3 credits ARTHI (4000-level)


Marie Eastman, Painting and Drawing
Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, LA Curator and critic

Program fee

Approximately $815 (not including accommodation, meals, or airfare.)

PLUS Tuition cost per credit

Undergraduate—$1,552 per credit hour
Graduate—$1,625 per credit hour


Students are not required to stay in group accommodation in Los Angeles for this class and may find their own accommodation provided they can meet the group at the scheduled departure point each morning. Group accommodation at Joshua Tree is provided and students will be required to stay with the group for that one night of the study trip.

Accommodation Option in Los Angeles

Students may opt to stay at the Highland Gardens Hotel at 7047 Franklin Avenue, Hollywood, California, 90028, where the bus departs daily. Two-bed rooms for seven nights are approximately $1,528 ($764 each for two in a room). A single room is the same price as a twin room. Students staying at the hotel will pay for their rooms directly to the hotel. 

Online registration begins October 11.

The deposit due at registration is $525.

Information sessions

Monday, September 11, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 111

Thursday, September 21, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 111