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Turkey: Where East Meets West

May 23 - June 14, 2015

(Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015)

This journey to exotic Turkey offers students the opportunity to experience an inexhaustibly rich culture steeped in time from ancient to modern, from Asia to Europe. We will immerse ourselves in the history of Turkey which stretches back to the dawn of civilization. Centuries of trade, the silk route, conquest and religious wars have shaped this extraordinary place, and its people. This land has been home to some of the earliest known communities: Hittites, Phrygians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Seljuks and Ottomans. Our adventure through Turkey will take us to sites left behind by the Romans, like the extensive excavations at Ephesus, Miletus and Priene. We will see and touch (in some cases) opulent works in ceramic tile and textiles, marvel at beautifully traditional woven rugs and hand-embroidered folk costumes. Monumental mosques, architectural fragments from Ancient Greece and palatial estates of the Ottoman period for which many of these works were created, are a part of the everyday urban fabric in which we will live during our stay in Turkey.

We will study the influences of Islamic traditions in ceramic tile and textile patterns and the original Greek, Roman and Christian architecture and art that underlay contemporary Islamic culture and tradition, all in a multicultural setting that was one of the first to combine Islam, Judaism and Christianity in vibrant communities. From the elegance and sophistication of Istanbul, we will travel south to experience the grandeur of the archaeological monuments and the charm and shocking simplicity of isolated villages along the coast of the Aegean.

Fees include all accommodations, all ground transportation within Turkey, and some meals.

Faculty

Annet Couwenberg, co-director, teaches in the Fiber and MBA/MA Design Leadership departments. She earned MFAs from Cranbrook Academy of Art and Syracuse University. Besides her extensive accomplishments as an artist, Couwenberg served as chair of the Fiber Department from 1989 to 2008, stepping down to concentrate on developing curriculum in Wearable Technology and Internationalization. She has travelled extensively in Turkey, Vietnam, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Israel, Jordan, Korea, China, Germany, France, Italy, and Great Britain.

Dan Meyers, co-director, teaches in MICA's Graphic Design Department and works as a freelancer.  He has specialized in photographing artwork, interiors, and architecture. Most recently, he photographed the American Visionary Art Museum for American Style magazine. Meyers also photographed the home of Paul Rand for a book published on Rand's life work.  He has travelled extensively in Turkey, Vietnam, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Israel, Jordan, Germany, France, and Italy.  Meyers has a BFA photography from Southern Illinois University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

Katie O'Meara, visiting faculty, teaches in the architectural and environmental design and art history departments at MICA. She is an architect, geographer, and landscape architect . In addition to her teaching, and her research and design practice on cities and climate change, O'Meara has been a faculty member on several MICA summer abroad programs, including programs in Turkey, Spain and Morocco, Portugal, and Eastern Europe. She has studied historical and contemporary patterns in urbanization, sequent occupation and archaeological ruins along the eastern Mediterranean in Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and Peru.

Program Fees

  • $5,850 (does not include international airfare)
    Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in 3D Elective, Fibers, or Graphic Design. Credits may apply as Studio Elective.
  • $7,440 (does not include international airfare)
    Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in 3D Elective, Fibers, or Graphic Design
    + 3 undergraduate credits in Art History (with approval from department)
  • Graduate credit is available to qualified students for $85 per credit above the $5,850 base fee (contact program coordinator below).

Questions?

Contact program co-directors Annet Couwenberg at acouwenb@mica.edu or Dan Meyers at dmeyers@mica.edu.

Open to all undergraduate and graduate students-18 years or older with a valid passport-who have completed at least one year of college. For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, contact the School for Professional and Continuing Studies at spcs@mica.edu or 410-225-2219.