Public Art: Understanding and Practice in NYC

This class combines travel with artistic production. We will travel to New York City, Grand Rapids and Detroit to see significant works of Public Art and then make some for the City of East Lansing. We will cover all aspects of production from generating a theme, sourcing the image, putting together a professional public art proposal, to execution and installation of the work.

One Week in NYC:
While in the city we will visit the many public artworks that the city has to offer. From the decorative, the relational, the socially conscious, to the narration of histories, and the issue of cultural memory, we will seek to understand public works of art and apply that knowledge to the creative experience. We will see sanctioned works like murals on buildings and in foyers, restaurants, libraries, sculpture in public squares, and parks, to the more transient images of graffiti, and advertising, the challenge of this class is to take on the question of “the Image,” and then to respond by generating a collaborative visual work that expresses the collective voice of the class.

Dates: July 6-14, 2017 

Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Courses: Students will earn 1 credit of STA 491 or AL 491 for the NYC program. (Students who continue with the associated on-campus course (July 17-August 18) will earn 3 additional credits of STA 491.)

Housing: While in NYC, students will be housed in double or triple occupancy rooms in a guesthouse. 

Eligibility: Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0. The course is open to students of all majors and all levels of artistic experience.

Estimated Program Fee: $650

Program Fee includes housing in NYC, at least one group dinner, group excursions, and transportation within NYC (subway). Fee does not include MSU tuition, airfare to and from New York, books and materials, meals, and personal spending money. Financial Aid may be applicable to the total estimated cost of the program. 

This class is registered as an Option Course in the Citizen Scholar Program.

For Additional Class Information Contact: Associate Professor Benjamin Duke,