Summer Study Abroad Trip to Greece Results in AVT Students’ Exhibit

Posted: October 15, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Twelve Art and Visual Technology (AVT) students traveled to Greece this past summer for a three-week exploration of the origins of Athens and the islands of the Mediterranean. At the same time, they created artwork at the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, a studio located above the sea in Skopelos, a small paradise in the very heart of Greece. Artwork from the trip is currently on exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery on the Fairfax Campus through Oct. 17.

The trip was the result of a partnership – titled Under a New Light, Experimental Drawing and Sculpture – among the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, AVT, the Center for Field Study and New Century College. Mason faculty artists Maria Karametou and Tom Ashcraft team-taught the session.

The students had the opportunity to study, create and explore the harbor village of Skopelos. They got the chance to take in its traditional architecture, magnificent settings and the natural landscape of the island, which boasts a lush virgin forest of pine trees, pristine beaches and a rugged coastline.

The trip also included three days in the vibrant Plaka district of central Athens. Students visited some of the world’s most important cultural and historical sites and museums. They also get a chance to explorethe Greek contemporary art world and visiting artists’ studios and galleries.

Additional trips are being planned. Friends, alumni and students interested in attending future study-abroad programs are encouraged to contact AVT at 703-993-8898.

This article appeared in a slightly different form in Full Circle, AVT’s alumni newsletter.

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