Dr. Jill Blondin, assistant art professor at The University of Texas at Tyler, will conduct a second travel study trip to Italy, Gary Hatcher, UT Tyler art department chair, announced.
Twenty-one participants including Blondin will travel to Italy May 15-28 to see various famous sites and artwork.
First organized in 2005 by Blondin, the travel study will incorporate several stops in such cities as Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan. Students will receive upper level credit upon completion of the course.
“It’s an intense trip,” Blondin said. “You see a lot of art. This semester, we met on campus once a month to prepare. While in Italy, students will keep a journal. They present an oral presentation on site to their classmates and will write a research paper upon returning.”
Although the deadline to sign up for this year’s travel study has passed, Blondin conducts the trip every two years, and each trip offers something different. The travel study is open to all students.
“I’m excited,” Blondin said. “It’s just a fun experience. When I came to UT Tyler, we didn’t really offer a regular travel study in the art department. I think one of the most important parts of a college education in art, or a college education in general, is traveling. I really think traveling opens your mind. It’s important to see in person what we study in textbooks.”
Scholarship money is available for tuition.
Those students interested in participating in UT Tyler’s 2009 art study travel course to Italy may contact Blondin, 903.566.7482.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of nearly 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.