Teaching beyond the walls of the classroom, and in particular connecting to a larger international context, is important in my discipline. It is one of my priorities as a teacher to embrace constructive possibilities of engaging students on new levels by opening learning opportunities to an international lens and expanded global world perspective (Douglas and Jones-Rikkers 56), improving cultural competence with increased intercultural awareness and sensitivity (Williams).
In 2009, I arranged and facilitated a one week “class trip” with 25 VISA and Art History Undergraduate students to New York City. The trip included visits to major art contemporary and historical galleries including the DIA ART, International Center of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, New Museum, The Whitney Museum, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Frick Collection.
Together with my colleague Associate Professor Marina Roy, in the summers of 2013 and 2015 we led two learning abroad courses in conjunction with the Venice Biennale, a large International Art Exhibition. Each year, we brought 16 students to Venice: MFA VISA students, Curatorial graduate students, and select fourth year undergraduate students, most of whom have gone on to graduate studies.
(left) Jonathan Shaugnessy, Curator at The National Gallery and Adjunct Professor, Department of Visual Art at the University of Ottawa speaks to the visiting class about the exhibition followed by a talk by the Quebec art collective, (right) BGL who were exhibiting at the Venice Biennale -Canadian Pavilion in 2015.
|2009||Undergraduate Student Trip to New York
–Organized and led 25 Visual Art and Art History 4th year Undergraduate Students on voluntary trip to New York art world to expand on their studies.
|2013||VISA 470 – Advanced Special Studies Exchange Program, “The Venice Biennale”
–Course abroad focusing on the Venice Biennale (Co-taught with Marina Roy)
-16 Students, including 4th year Undergraduates, and CCST Students.
|2015||VISA 470 – Advanced Special Studies Exchange Program, “The Venice Biennale”
-Course abroad on the Venice Biennale (Co-taught with Marina Roy)
-6 Students, including Visual Art MFA’s, Visual Art Undergraduates, CCST and MA Graduate Students of AHVAT Department.