ARTZ 494: Studio Enquiry: Cultural Boundaries in the Sydney Biennale

4 Credits

This study abroad experience will use the 22nd Sydney Biennale, titled NIRIN and curated by Brook Andrew, as the foundation for exploring contemporary art and the relationship between indigenous culture, artist, and audience within the framework of a studio practice on a global stage. Our study will place artworks within a social, historical, and political framework and students will learn to analyze art within criticism and theories of contemporary art. Additionally, we will be taking a close look at the First Nations art community in Australia and the connection to the First Nations artists in the United States. The program will include art exhibitions, conversations with experts in first nation studies, visits to learning centers, and a short internship with the biennale events. Learning will take place daily with input of information, critical thinking and response, dialogue and interactions. Students will be prepared with readings completed ahead of the travel and the required research completed so that the background information for the exhibition is in place.

Faculty Leader:  Jodi Lighter
Support Leader:  Abby Cook
Dates: May 12-24, 2020
Cost: $1,370 (Estimated)


  • Accommodation in a shared house
  • Some Meals
  • In-country transportation
  • Entrances Fees
  • Health Insurance
  • Group Events
  • Application Fee

Not Included:

  • Round-trip Airfare
  • Miscellaneous Expenses, Some Meals, & Extra Excursions

To Get Started

Step 1: The preferred application deadline is December 1, 2019; the final deadline is Jan. 15, 2020. Positions are limited, so please apply early to get preference. Download the application (link below) and turn it into the Office of International Studies, McDonald Hall Rm 150, along with your receipt of the $150 application fee and the $500 deposit, both of which are included in the overall price.

Step 2: Register for the spring course: ARTZ 494: Studio Enquiry: Cultural Boundaries in the Sydney Biennale

Step 3: Be interviewed and accepted into the faculty-led program

Step 4: Make payment arrangements with the Business Office to complete the program payments (final payment deadline varies)

Step 5: Finalize any outstanding documentation for study abroad

Step 6: Purchase roundtrip airfare to Sydney, Australia – coordinate with faculty leader and other students

Step 7: Participate in mandatory Outbound Orientation

Step 8: Enjoy this life-changing experience!


Australia Program Poster - (PDF)

Course Syllabus (PDF)