Visual Arts in New York (2017)

Visual Arts in New York

Led by John Saurer, Associate Professor of Art/Art History

March 18–25, 2017

This program is a GO. 

New York City has been the center of the art world since the mid-Twentieth Century and provides daily exposure to a diverse range of artistic, religious, political, and cultural ideas. This program provides an intensive exposure to the complex world of visual art including studio, gallery and museum visits, and presentations by arts professionals. It is inspired by the successful 30-year history of Art 246: The New York Art Interim course. Our goal is that you return with a greater understanding of the professional world of art-making and a sense of the complex role of visual art in our global community.

Program Leader  

John Saurer earned his BA at Hope College and his MFA at Colorado State University. His work consistently involves sculpture, printmaking, and drawing and he has been teaching each of these media at St. Olaf College since 1995. His many exhibitions include shows in Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Georgia, Ohio, North Dakota, Montana, Utah, Colorado, and Iowa. Awards and honors include Minnesota State Arts Board Grants, Faculty Development Grants, a Nygaard Foundation Grant, and the Egon Schiele Prize. He has served as department chair of Art and Art History, a member of the Minnesota State Arts Board, the MAEP Artist Panel at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and juror for various grants, residencies, and exhibitions.

John loves traveling with students and has led the New York Art Interim many times — one of his favorite classes and destinations.

What to Expect  

Housing is provided by The Off SoHo Suites Hotel on Rivington Street in a very dynamic neighborhood between SoHo and The Lower East Side. This is a 6-story elevator building with 24-hour staff. Each apartment is equipped with queen beds, living room, furnished kitchen and private bath with linens and maid service. Wireless internet, laundry and fitness rooms are available. Inexpensive dining and supermarkets are nearby and we will often share meals in the city.

Manhattan’s average high in March is 48°F and the low is 32. However, keep in mind that temperatures rarely actually fall on the average. Be prepared for a variation of 5-10 degrees in either direction. We recommend packing light layers that can be added or removed as needed. Rainfall averages about 4 inches, so you may also want a light rain jacket or travel umbrella. This mild, not steaming weather means the crowds will be a bit more manageable!

Manhattan is best navigated on foot and by subway and that is how we will plan to get around. To participate in this program, you should be capable of walking a minimum of one mile at a time over possibly uneven terrain and up to five miles per day, of climbing stairs that may not have handrails, of keeping pace with an active group of travelers on long days of traveling, of dealing with the emotional highs and lows that can occur when experiencing a different culture, and of traveling with a group for several hours each day. We will provide addresses of our activities as much as possible in the final itinerary and you are free to take a taxi at your own expense.

Program Fee  

The program fee is $2,428 per person. Based on double occupancy, it includes discussions led by John Saurer, visits with artists, accommodations, group meals as listed on the itinerary, admissions for group activities, ground transportation during the program, and gratuities to group guides and meal servers. For single occupancy, add $732.

Airfare to and from New York is not included. Participants are solely responsible for all expenses not specifically included in the program fee. Examples of excluded expenses are: Airfare between your home town and New York • Airport transfers • Breakfast daily (there are numerous coffee shops right outside the hotel, and each suite has a kitchen, if you wish to purchase some groceries) • Travel and baggage insurance • Gratuities to hotel maids, porters and doormen • Beverages at group meals • Laundry • Dry cleaning • Phone charges • Room service or other items of a personal nature • Expenses incurred during free time or non-group activities • Lunch and dinner, unless specifically included on program itinerary.

Making Your Travel Plans  

You should plan to arrive in New York on Saturday, March 18, 2017, likely leaving your home town the same day. Plan to depart from New York any time on Saturday, March 25, 2017 and arriving home the same day. Available airports in the area are LaGuardia (LGA), John F. Kennedy (JFK), Newark (EWR). Any yellow taxi will get you between the airport and the Lower East Side, where our hotel is located.