From Local to Global: Crafting Contemporary Art in India

Study Abroad Students Listen to Lecture Outdoors

Tentative Itinerary: New Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Mumbai

January 3—20, 2020
*Note: Dates subject to change

This trip, for studio and/or art history credit, will aim to learn about both traditional and contemporary art and craft traditions in India. Exploring the cities of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur  and Mumbai, the course will investigate how Indian contemporary artists have been influenced, have adopted and/or collaborated with local craftsman to create contemporary works that speak both of local traditions and the global world. 

Participating in lectures, tours and studio visits, students will engage with some of the most prominent contemporary artists, curators, historians, social practitioners and craft revivalists who work intimately with traditional craftsmen traditions including folk/tribal painters, musicians, weavers, book and paper makers among many others. As contemporary Indian artists have now gained the attention of museums worldwide, students will learn how the art world of today is shaped by contemporary artists outside of the Western Hemisphere. 

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO (3000-level) and/or 3 credits ARTHI (4000-level) 

Shaurya Kumar, Printmedia
Dushko Petrovich, New Arts Journalism

Program fee: Approx. $2,650 (including all meals, transport during the program, and accommodation; not including airfare to India and visa fee).

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,666 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,730 per credit hour.

Budget at least $1,250 for airfare if flying from Chicago. (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).

Application process:
Instructor consent required. Submit your application to faculty for pre-approval to register. 


Online registration begins: October 9, 2019

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information sessions:
Wednesday, September 4,  12:10-12:50 p.m., MacLean room 707
Monday, September 9,  4:15-5:15 p.m., MacLean room 112
Thursday, September 19,  12:10-12:50 p.m., MacLean room 112

From previous trip’s course evaluations:

  • Excellent study trip. Highly recommended. Challenging, but also relaxed enough to take in the sights and sounds. The most rewarding trip I've ever been on! 
  • You get out of it what you put into it. Faculty and local guide were outstanding. 
  • Shaurya is an amazing teacher but also an amazing human being. I didn't know it was possible for a teacher to care so much for their students. He managed to keep up a positive group dynamic while checking in with each student on a daily basis among being busy with daily activities. He never failed to impress me and his constant love and support made the trip what it was.
  • I feel that many of my views have changed and I am thinking of concepts and issues in the world that I've never considered before.
  • Be ready with your finger on the mouse when it comes time to register – make sure you get a spot. This was the most adventurous and insightful experience of my life to date. I enjoyed each and every day of the trip, and I wouldn't trade those three weeks in India for anything
  • Keep an open mind and experience each and every part of the trip, even though it can be hard to adjust to a different culture, but that is the whole point! The travel may be tiring but it is worth it, there is a reason why those specific destinations were chosen. However, besides keeping an open mind, you also have to respect the culture and the people. The places you'll visit are literally their homes, be kind, humble, appreciative, patient, and respect people's privacy.... If you have that mindset, you will definitely enjoy and experience something that you've never thought you'd ever come across. 
  • Prepare in advance. It's a different world. Research the culture and language. There are so many documentaries out there on just the society of India, yet alone the art there. If you're on edge about the trip, just do it. I saved up for two years for this trip and it was well worth it. No regrets.