This 2016-2017 school year, the Studio 5 Art History Professional Development student group petitioned the Auburn University Student Organization Board to acquire funds to travel to see unique exhibitions. In 2014, I worked with the University to receive funds for Studio 5 to travel to New Orleans to see the Prospect.3 exhibition. For the trips this year, I coached younger students through the grant application process. We were happily successful and acquired the funds again!
In the Fall, we traveled a short way from Auburn, Alabama to Buena Vista, Georgia (near Columbus) to visit a site known as Pasquan. Folk artist named Eddie Owens Martin, frequently stylized as St. EOM, inherited the land from his mother and spent his life building and rebuilding pre-Columbian and psychedelic-inspired architectural elements. The painted masonry is covered with unique symbols, figurative paintings, and snake imagery. It is in the best way possible, strange.
We enjoyed an extremely interesting tour from a student of the Columbus College of Art & Design, who maintains the 7-acre site as a National Historic Place in partnership with the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
During a long weekend in February, the Auburn University Department of Art & Art History professors accompanied several Studio 5 and Association of Visual Artists students to Washington D.C. We spent several days trekking all over National Monuments and Smithsonian Museums. I have been to D.C. before, so I really enjoyed taking my time revisiting museums and exploring new places such as the National Portrait Gallery. The trip left everyone exhausted but with minds full of art to ponder.