June 24-July 19, 2013
Set in one of Asia's most dynamic cities, this program challenges students to create work in a shared experience of place and culture. Seoul, only a generation away from its traditional Confucian and Buddhist roots, has undergone the transformation of and industrial revolution and is now in an exciting period of cultural ascendancy producing exemplary works in the fields of fine arts, architecture, design and technology.
Program faculty help the student artist further expand their practice through social engagement in a global context. Students, faculty and community leaders work collectively with citizens in designing creative works that lead to and or enrich actual actions that benefit the communities. This shared experience affords a unique insight into Korean culture and the vibrant city of Seoul. MICA's partner for the program is the progressive and multi-discipline Korean National University of Arts, also known as K'Arts, which provides accommodations, studio space, and special events. In addition, K'ARTS students join our group as participants. This cultural exchange culminates in a group exhibition in K'Arts 175 Gallery located within the famous Samcheong-dong and Insadong area of the city.
This month-long residency in Seoul focuses in a Community Arts curriculum and offers 3 studio credits in interdisciplinary sculpture, with an optional 3 credits in art history-classes. It may be taken for undergraduate and graduate credit or audit. The program is open to undergraduate or graduate students (rising sophomores to second-year graduate students), and to lifelong learners at least 18 years of age who have completed at least one year of college study. All students must have a current, valid passport for travel.
This program is open to all majors.
Airfare is not included in the program fees below, which includes all accommodations, all ground transportation within Korea, and some meals.
• $ 5,700 includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits in interdisciplinary sculpture
• $7,200 includes tuition for 3 undergraduate studio credits + 3 undergraduate credits in art history (as an independent study by special arrangement with the MICA Department of Art History)
Graduate credit is available to qualified students with the approval of the Program Coordinator at an additional cost of $75 per credit. A limited number of merit and need-based scholarships are available. To inquire about scholarships or to request a detailed itinerary and additional information on this and other MICA programs, contact the MICA Summer Travel Intensives at: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: 410.225.2219.
Charlie Hahn, program coordinator, is a media artist whose primary mediums are photography and time-based media. He received both BFA in photography and MA in digital arts from MICA, and MFA from Towson University. Hahn is a Korean-born American artist dealing with issues about identity and culture in terms of opposition, agreement, synthesis, paradox, and transformation. His works have been exhibited across the country and around the world. As a research artist in the Institute of Media Art at Yonsei University, he has performed many South Korean governmental projects granted from Ministry of Family & Gender Equality, Ministry of Culture, Korea Foundation, and the presidential project, "Hub City of Asian Culture, Gwangju." Since 2008, he has taught and directed the MICA South Korea Summer Travel Intensive Program.
Fletcher Mackey, program faculty, currently teaches in the Foundation, Painting and MA/MFA in Community Arts, programs at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. After receiving a MFA from the California Institute of the Arts, he has worked with a multi-disciplinary and collaborative approach to creativity. He was an Associate Professor at Texas Southern University, visiting lecturer at Rice University and the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, Korea. He worked extensively in Houston, Texas in civic and public art development and as the Cultural Program Director at Project Row Houses. Several permanent outdoor installations of his work can be seen throughout Houston. Most recently he has worked as a participating artist and advisor for the Black Male Identity project in Baltimore City.