Location(s): Prague, Czech Republic; Bohemia, Czech Republic; Berlin, Germany


Virtual Week: June 27, 2022 End Date: August 1, 2022

Arrival Date:  August 2, 2022  End Date: August 20, 2022

Program Overview

Upcoming Info Session: Feb 9th at 12:00pm - Register Here

In this immersive studio art class, students create site-responsive sculptures, drawings, performances and installations that explore art in a global context. Using the rich history and culture of Central Europe as site and locale, the class will travel to contemporary art museums, cultural and historical sites in Prague and Berlin (1 week), then create responsive artworks on-site at ArtMill’s Center for Sustainability, in the Bohemian countryside, Czech Republic (2 weeks). Studio assignments, lectures, conceptual, fabrication practices and critique will be led by UCSC Professor Dee Hibbert-Jones; artist and writer Barbara Benish, Director of ArtMill, as well as visiting faculty and professional artists from the Czech Republic. Students will create original artworks that explore the complex relationship between object-making, place-making, aesthetics and cultural identity in a global context through four themed projects with a strong emphasis on art and sustainability. Working with found objects on-site, performance, photography and new media students will create site-responsive work. There will be a final exhibition on-site and open to the public. Our themed topics are:

  • Global (im)mobility free markets, art fairs, non-places (Orientation, travel to museums, galleries, artist studios in Prague & Berlin)
  • Appropriation: found objects, borrowed cultures, local origins, Americanization (Orientation at ArtMill Center & Studios)
  • Participation Networks: participation, cooperation, local/ global relationships (Participatory artwork in public space: Prague, Bohemia, ArtMill Center)
  • Wastelands: global environmental impacts and ecologies (Site-specific environmental projects ArtMill Center)

Language of Instruction: English

Max Enrollment: 14

Faculty Leader: Dee Hibbert - Jones (she, her, hers), Art Professor

Contact: globallearning@ucsc.edu

Courses: Art 189 Special Topics in Sculpture, Art & the Global Economy (5 units)

Program Highlights

Prague, Czech Republic:

  • Visit the National Gallery of Contemporary Art for an overview of European trends in art housed in the revolutionary architecture of Veletrzni Palace, one of the icons of early Functionalist architecture. Discussion on Non-places, jet-setting, in-between-ness & exile. The site was also used as a deportation center for Prague Jews during WWII. 
  • Studio visits with top Czech Artists such as Ivan Kafka 
  • Visit American architect Frank Ghery’s “Fred & Ginger” Building in Prague’s historic river-front Baroque neighborhood; Walking tour with architecture expert and critic Dr. Jana Ticha to the Zizkov district, home of Bohemian Prague’s historic working-class neighborhood and today’s alternative art scene. Dr. Ticha was editor of the nation’s top architectural magazine and is now Professor at the Architecture Academy. Students will discuss public/private art, & Local/global culture.
  • Walking tour along Vltava River to view ArtWall, (founded by Barbara Benish in the late 1990s) and the Center for Contemporary Art, Prague. It is the country’s most widely viewed public art space. Q and A with the artist: How political is Public Art? What is the impact on the local of the global how to access and reach “the public”.
  • Walk to Narodni Divadlo/National Theatre for a behind-the-scenes tour with award-winning Scenographer Jana Prekova. Guided discussion on the “Velvet Revolution” (1989) and how artists contributed to political change (Narodni street), with NYU teacher and former dissident Jan Urban (Voice of America). Students prepare a discussion on nationalism, democracy, and the power of the people to influence. Global relationships, labor, and mobilizing the image.
  • Visit Museum Kampa to visit one of the largest collections of F. Kupka in Europe and the most comprehensive Central European contemporary art collection. Discussion on nationalism, democracy, and social change. Global relationships, labor, and mobilizing the image.The topic for students: Inter-war creative expressions, end of Colonial (Hapsburg) rule and the establishment of 1st Republic (Czechoslovakia), how the arts reflected the new democracies of Europe. Global relationships, labor, and mobilizing the image cont.
  • Visit Museum of Technology, documenting the rise of design in pre-WWII Czechoslovakia when the country was the 3rd largest industrial nation in Europe. Tour and discussion with some of the top Czech Contemporary Designers. Topic: cross-currents of inter-war Czechoslovakia and today’s art scene? The power of the object, readymade vs. mass production. Global regulations and the power of the internet.

Berlin, Germany

  • Neue Nationalgalerie, the New National Gallery housing modern art in the iconic building by Mies van der Rohe (1968). Tour with local artists and walking tour of galleries in the bustling district of Kreuzberg and Sammlung Boros, in a massive former World War II bunker in the heart of Berlin….works by internationally renowned artists to be discussed by students on site. Discussion of cultural appropriation and the influence of ubiquitous US culture on the world.


How to Apply

  1. Review the below eligibility criteria, prerequisites, and specific requirements for this program
  2. Apply in the Global Learning Portal

All applications will be processed first-come, first-served. Students are encouraged to apply early due to limited capacity. 

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Good Academic and Disciplinary Standing at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher at the time of application and every quarter prior to departure
  • Be at least 18 years old by the program start date
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior class standing by the time of departure (45 units completed at time of departure)

Prerequisites and Program-Specific Application Requirements

As part of the application, students will be required to submit 4 images of their work, and a paragraph sharing their interest in art in a global context and their prior knowledge of art-making. Art Major and Art Minors are encouraged to apply. If you are not an Art Major or Minor but have an art background, you could gain special permission to participate. There is also a required meeting with Professor Hibbert-Jones prior to being accepted into the program. 

(Students with limited prior art experience will not be automatically disqualified, but will need to have a strong argument for their interest in this specific program.)