Art in the City Academy
July 6 – July 26, 2014
Taught by members of Penn’s Department of the History of Art, the Art in the City Academy introduces students to the extensive world of the visual arts that lies both on Penn’s campus and in downtown Philadelphia. The focus of the program is on acquainting students with the museums, galleries and historical sites that house works of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts that make the nation’s first capital a world-class center for art and architectural study. Students will work with instructors and research professionals to develop weekly projects including visual analyses, videos, and web pages.
Morning Lectures and Workshops - Mornings begin with lectures on specific objects, concepts of art production and study, and contemporary visual culture, with topics including street art, museum art, religious architecture, and art history. Digital video and photography tutorials included.
Afternoon Site Visits - Afternoons are dedicated to site visits and guided tours of local museums, historic sites, and several of the city’s many murals and works of public sculpture. Site visits may include, but are not limited to: First Friday Art Crawl through Old City Philadelphia.
- Magic Gardens
- Mural Art Tour
- Philadelphia Museum of Art & Rodin Museum
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
- Bawa Muhaiyaddeen Mosque
- Rodeph Shalom Temple
- Independence Hall & Carpenter’s Hall
- Masonic Temple & City Hall
Download: Art in the City Schedule
Program Director: Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, Ph.D.
Dr. Shaw is the Associate Professor of American Art at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from Stanford and was an assistant professor at Harvard for five years before coming to Penn in 2005.
Are you a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school student? If so, learn how you could attend this program free of charge through our Penn Summer Scholars Program.