University Honors Program

University Honors Program

How Art Makes the World: Visual Art as Inquiry & Research in New York

ARTE3099: How Art Makes the World is a 15SS University Honors seminar with a study tour to New York!

Meeting Time: Tuesdays, 4-7pm DAAP 5328, BoK: FA, SS

Course description

The prevailing view most people have of visual art is that it is 'creative self-expression,' or worse, an isolated act of leisure. Some students at the university level may not be conscious of the expansive implications research in the fine arts has produced, or its links to the production of knowledge in the humanities. The goal of this course is to fundamentally shift people's perception of the visual arts away from the idea that it is about creative or 'emotive' self-expression and instead create an understanding of art as an inquiry process - a way of generating knowledge. 

Students will not be required to make or have knowledge of contemporary art to be in this course. Rather, we envision this course as a way to create future connoisseurs of art that understand and articulate the way artists employ visual research methods. 

By integrating a spring break trip to New York City as a culminating experience linking course material to real world practice, students will learn about why inquiry and research processes are so vital to contemporary art in both the American and global context. This trip the 'center of the art world' also serves to ground the course material and situate art as a vital inquiry and / or research process in global culture and the humanities. As a result, students will: 1) become acquainted with the aspects of creative arts-based research methods, 2) be aware of issues and articulations that truly reveal how 'art makes the world,' and 3) perhaps most importantly, students will gain respect, understanding, and become advocats for this vital practice of the humanities. 

Tentative Intinerary (Subject to Change)

Students will travel from March 14th to 22nd, 2015. 

  • Day One: depart CVG, travel to NYC - arrive by 2pm for hotel check-in
  • Day Two: meet in front of hotel, walking tour of Chelsea and group meal
  • Day Three: Chelsea galleries (Anton Kern, Metro Pictures, Mitchell Innes, and Nash & Zach Feuer), group meal, evening free
  • Day Four: Upper East Side galleries and museums (MET, Whitney Museum, Tilton gallery, L&M Arts), group meal
  • Day Five: studio visits (artists TBA)
  • Day Six: Yale University (studio visits), dinner in New Haven
  • Day Seven: MOMA, afternoon free
  • Day Eight: the Brooklyn Bridge, Greenpoint & Williamsburg areas of Brooklyn
  • Day Nine: return to CVG

Course Information

Course details:

     •  Course number: ARTE3099

     •  Meeting times: T 4-7pm, DAAP 5328

     •  Course Attributes: H, I, R, T

     •  BoK: FA, SS

     •  Credit hours: 3

     •  Honors Seminar

Course Instructors:

  • Dr. Kristopher Holland - Dr. Holland received his MA in Art Education from New York University. He then served as the Communications Coordinator for the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University before joining the Cultural Immersion Project in the School of Education. Following this experience he became an Associate Instructor at Indiana University teaching courses in foundations of philosophy in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies and art education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction. He received his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Education & Art Education from Indiana University in August 2011. His research focuses on qualitative methodologies, philosophical inquiry, and arts-based inquiry.
  • Professor Noel Anderson - Professor Anderson received his MFA in Printmaking and an MFA in Sculpture from Yale University. He previously taught at Vanderbilt University and Yale University and has shown his work professionally since 2002. His research focuses on exploring black masculinity. 

Course Expectations

Students are expected to meet the instructor's academic and behavioral expectations during the class time leading up to the travel component. Students who do not meet academic and/or behavioral expectations will not be permitted to travel. Students in this situation will not receive a refund.


Total expected cost to be paid to UC is $1900. The actual cost per person for UC is $2500, but this will be offset by $600 grant from University Honors, making the actual final cost $1900. All participants will receive this grant. 

Costs include airfare, accommodations, breakfast at hotel, most museum admission tickets/passes, and group meals.  

Costs do not include meals (other than breakfast and any group meals listed above), baggage fees, passport (if applicable), some ground transportation, immunizations (if applicable), visa fees (if applicable), personal expenses, souvenirs, etc.

It is recommended that students bring around $600 in spending money for out-of-pocket expenses. 


To apply for this seminar please click here

Applications for this seminar are still open.  An interview with the faculty leader may be required as part of the application process. This seminar is capped at 20 students.

UC undergraduates who are not in the University Honors Program are welcome and encouraged to apply to participate, provided the student has a cumulative university GPA of 3.4 or above. Graduate students are not eligible to enroll. 

Information for those with CO-OP

If the dates of this study tour (March 16 - March 22) conflict with your co-op work dates, you must talk to your co-op advisor and fill out a "Petition for Program Irregularity" as described in the Co-op Handbook.

Where it says "I petition to" you should note that you wish to delay the start date of your co-op until sometime after your return from the mandatory travel to New York.  Please note, you need a specific date that you anticipate beginning your work dates.

Where it says "My reasons for this" you should describe your interest in this seminar and study tour.  You should also mention that the travel component is mandatory.  Since you need to talk to your co-op advisor prior to starting this process, this is where you would note that your co-op advisor approves of this change.

Travel Documents

For U.S. citizens, a passport is not required for this trip. However, do be aware that when flying domestically you must have a valid government-issued ID in order to board an aircraft. Driver's license, state-issued IDs, military IDs, etc. are all acceptable forms of ID. Your UC student ID is not acceptable. International students traveling on this study tour will be required to travel with their passport. 


Not every health insurance covers you in every state.You are encouraged to talk with your health insurance provider to understand the type of coverage you have in New York.


Please contact the faculty directors Dr. Kristopher Holland, Professor Noel Anderson or Neil Choudhury of the University Honors Program.