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New York Study Away trip celebrates a decade of learning

May 24, 2019

This past spring’s trip of 10 students to study the New York art scene marked 10 years of learning on-site. Department of Visual and Performing Arts Chair and Associate Professor Sara Pedigo devised the trip a decade ago to provide direct exposure to an art world that can’t be recreated here in St. Augustine. The typical student makeup includes majors in fine art, graphic design and art history.

Group of students and professors outside in NYC.

The trip includes must-see visits to world-renowned institutions such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Guggenheim and the Whitney museum. If time allows, participants are able to visit other well-known stops such as the New Museum and the Brooklyn Museum.

This Study Away featured a personal tour of the art of the Siah Armanjani exhibition by Assistant Curator Clare Davies at the Met Breuer. Students also met with MOMA’s Assistant Educator of Community and Access Programs Lara Schweller. Both visits with these professionals helped to expand the students’ perspective on potential careers with their respective degrees.

Faculty co-leader Professor Chris Balaschak said, “Hearing how professionals progressed from undergraduate study to their present positions has come to really represent how the New York Study Away can inspire students’ future academic and career goals.”

For more information on the Study Away, interested students should reach out to Professor Pedigo at or Professor Balaschak at

Students sitting on the subway in NYC.

Students experience New York City's public transportation, some for the first time.

Students posing for the camera with their baked goods.

Students enjoy baked goods from the popular Levain Bakery.

Students following along on a tour, looking away at artwork on the wall.

Students on their private tour with Assistant Curator Clare Davies.

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