January 4–20, 2018 (depart January 3 if flying directly from US)
*Note: Dates subject to change

We will visit Chile: its capital Santiago, Valparaiso, and Puerto Varas in the South of the country.

Working alongside local artists, students, and educators, we will explore Chile's rich traditions of social and political art, its contemporary art scenes, as well as its educational and art therapy practices. Building on this exploration, we will study these experiences in many art centers, and one of the country's most distinguished academic art therapy and art & community program at the University Finis Terrae in Santiago.

Within the University Finis Terrae's distinguished photography program, we will also study Latin American photography and the social practice of photography, both theoretically and practically. This will encourage and inform our own photographic activities as we process and integrate our experience throughout the trip.

A special focus will be given to art procedures that take the form of resistance against past and present social and political oppression, which will be supported through visits to the Museum of Solidarity (dedicated to Salvador Allende), the Museum of Memory and Human Rights (dedicated to the military dictatorship period, 1973–1989). Critically engaging the visual construction of individual, community, and institutional memory will constitute a key component of the course. In addition, we will learn firsthand about the role art plays in governmental interventions after natural disasters and catastrophes.

In Valparaiso we will enjoy the beauty of the natural landscape and the Pacific Ocean. Finally, in the South we will study the local arts and crafts traditions and their present enterprises.

Overall, the study trip will emphasize experiential learning supported by readings, lectures, discussions, photography, diary-keeping, and journaling to deepen our understanding of the ideas and histories introduced in the three pre-trip meetings and throughout the course.

What is really special about this study trip is a quadruple focus on micro perspectives (local craftswomen and activist experiences); meso (middle) level perspectives in the form of local community centers or galleries; macro perspectives through the report of governmental interventions and finally the perspective of Academia with its conceptualization of the experiences carried out in the previous three levels. Simultaneously, we will have enough occasions to savor the wonderful landscapes, Andes culture, the Pacific coast, the amazing green nature of the South with its lakes and people's hospitality--all this with nice summer temperatures during the day and pleasant refreshing ones during the nights.

Course Highlights

Santiago de Chile (capital):


Puerto Varas:

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO (4000-level)

Eva Marxen, Art Therapy
Joshua Rios, Visual and Critical Studies, Contemporary Practices

Program fee: Approx. $2,000 (including accommodation in shared rooms, some meals, admission fees, transport during the program; not including airfare to and from Santiago).

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

Budget at least $1,400 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:
Wednesday, September 6, 4:15 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 617

Monday, September 18, 12:10 p.m.
MacLean Centre, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite MC 111