Paris: The Art Student's Mecca
A month long learning experience in French art and culture
Who I Am:
My name is Sarah Wylie and I am currently a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. I will graduate in May of this year with a B.F.A. in Fiber, a B.A. in Art History, and a certificate in Community Arts and Service Learning. Although I will be graduating in May and this program is in June, it will still further my education in art history and life experience. Even if an individual has completed a degree, they are never done learning. It is also my hope to attend graduate school for art history in the near future.
About the Program:
The Faculty Led Travel
Program, A Moveable Feast: will be
conducted in Paris, France for the month of June. As Ernest Hemingway once wrote to a friend, “If
you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you
go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable
feast.” Hemingway was one of many
American writers, artists, and intellectuals, who felt the pull of “the city of
light” and succumbed to its attractions and cosmopolitan environment. In this brief but intensive program, we
will explore most of the major sites and museums of Paris with an emphasis on
French art and culture. Classes will be conducted on-site in such places as the
Louvre, the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Carnavalet, Shakespeare
& Co., the gothic cathedrals of St. Denis and Notre Dame de Paris. With its many world-class museums, which
house objects that span the entire history of art, its abundance of cultural
landmarks, its many grand chateaus nearby, Paris has become a pilgrimage site,
a Mecca, for any serious student of the visual arts.
What is Needed:
The course I will be taking is ARTHI 3828-01: A Moveable Feast: French Art and Culture with instructor Dr. Reed Anderson for three credit hours. The total cost of the program is $4,095 plus airfare and meals. Through this campaign I hope to about raise half of the funds needed for the program. I am very grateful to have been awarded scholarships, grants, and loans in order to complete my education at the Kansas City Art Institute. I have maintained a GPA higher than needed to keep my scholarships and feel I have also been very responsible with the loan I received through the P.E.O. Sisterhood. I would be grateful and responsible with all contributions to this campaign, large and small.
What is the Impact:
The first hand experience of standing in front of amazing, historic paintings cannot be reconstructed in a classroom. It is a specifically unique experience to be in person with the artworks I know so well through text and PowerPoint. It is like learning about a person in history class but then
meeting them face to face years later and they seem so much more real. Being able to stand in front of many of the artworks I have studied in class has an unquantifiable value to me. Not only will your contribution aid me in my learning experience but you will also be able to choose perks in return.