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New Summer Opportunity in Ephesos!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Columbia is pleased to announce a new summer study abroad fellowship for summer 2010 (dates June 25--July 15) with Columbia alumnus Greg Wyatt at the ancient site of Ephesos. The purpose of this summer workshop will be to introduce students to the reflective thought and artistic practices required to draw and paint ancient Greek sites in situ. It will also provide for study of these sites’ cultural, architectural, art historical, and sociological contexts firsthand. The on-site archaeology studies at Ephesos will also speak to the noble examples of classical architecture in innovative and interdisciplinary ways. This workshop will be led under the supervision of Greg Wyatt, Columbia ’71.

Greg Wyatt is a world-renowned sculptor whose works grace sites around the world including Arlington National Cemetery, Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, the Elizabethan garden of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, and the Comune di Firenze in Italy.

This summer fellowship will allow, in its pilot year, up to 3 Columbia students to spend time pursuing their own artistic practices as well as academic coursework with Greg, first in Athens (at the Parthenon and other sites) and then at the Crisler Library in Ephesos. By traveling to and studying in Athens first, students will be given the hugely important opportunity to immerse themselves in visual studies in classical architecture in the best way possible. This unique opportunity will allow students’ watercolor and classical form practices to be the foundation for their daily studies and investigations that will follow at Celsus/Ephesus.

Days will be spent in a combination of lectures, field work, and daily artistic practice amidst the ruins at Ephesos. Students will be expected to have an interest in the visual arts, classics, archaeology, architecture, and history. Their time will be enriched through the short term coursework offered through the Crisler Library and their partner organization the Austrian Archaeological Institute. Topics to be addressed in the coursework include the cult and politics of the ancient city, the restoration and conservation of monuments, and the history and topography of Ephesos among many others. Students will be expected to keep a daily journal. They will also be expected to produce a final body of artistic work that will be displayed upon their return.

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