January 4–17, 2018 (depart Jan 3 if flying directly from the US)*
*Note: Dates subject to change

Since the beginning of the 20th century there has been a fascination with art produced by people with mental illness and disabilities as well as other artists working outside the cultural mainstream. Terms such as art brut, outsider, naïve, self-taught, and visionary are all imperfect attempts at categorizing this vigorous and elusive genre. From the Prinzhorn Collection to Dubuffet's Collection de l'Art Brut to contemporary studio programs such as Galerie Atelier Herenplaats in Rotterdam, there has been a continuous European tradition around the production, admiration, and collection of this work. This course will examine the historical and current practices within this genre with a particular focus on its relevance to art therapy, art education, art history, psychology, and studio fine art. Visits to important sites in Heidelberg Germany, Bern and Lausanne Switzerland, Amsterdam and Rotterdam the Netherlands, and other locations will form the core of this trip in addition to reading, lecture, and discussion.

This course offers students the opportunity to discover connections between historic and contemporary outsider art sites and their art education, art therapy, or studio practices. Visually and conceptually rich, this experience challenges participants' perceptions of both art and artists.

Credits: 3 STUDIO (4000 level) and/or 3 ARTTHER (5000 level) or 3 cr. ARTED (5000 level)
Maximum 6 credits

Randy Vick, Art Therapy
Jerry Stefl, Art Education

Program fee: Approx. $2,600 (Includes accommodation, admissions, ground transport, and some group meals. Does not include airfare).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,552 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,625 per credit hour.

Budget at least $1,200 for airfare if flying from the United States. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

Online registration begins: October 11, 2017

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Tuesday, September 12, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 111

Thursday, September 21, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 112

From last study trip's course evaluations: