Cortona Studies Abroad Program exhibition

medium_cortona-putto-386x394.jpgStudents and faculty from one of UGA's longest-running Study Abroad programs are featured in an exhibition of work from 2011. The exhibition runs through Jan. 21 on the third floor of the Lamar Dodd School of Art:

The exhibition focuses on work produced by program participants during the three semesters of 2011; and there will be a reunion for its students from throughout the year. The work covers the studio areas of painting, drawing, watercolor, printmaking, photography, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry/metals, paper and book arts, graphic design, interior design and landscape architecture. 

The Cortona program, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2009, has continued to expand its curricular offerings in recent years while maintaining its original focus on studio art. 

Cortona science May term courses in biology and chemistry allow participants to remain on their degree track while gaining exposure to Italian culture, language and art history. Viticulture and oenology courses allow students in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to study the growing of grapes and the production of wine while immersed in the Tuscan landscape.

"The exhibition is a chance for all of the participants from 2011 to be together again, see friends and catch up," said Chris Robinson, director of the Studies Abroad Program in Cortona. "The focus is the artwork but it's also important for our students to have a sense of closure, a kind of processing of their experience in Italy." 

The closing reception is at 3 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the art school.

Image: Putto, by Margaret Morrison. oil on canvas

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