Paris Spring Break Trip

2024 Paris Spring Break Trip

March 9-16, 2024
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Over the course of a week, undergraduate students will experience, discuss, and interact with works in the museums and collections of Paris. This is meant to be an invigorating, engaging, and entertaining trip for art history majors or any student with a demonstrable interest in the history of art and the world of its making, curation, and exchange.

Students are asked to cover only their meals and metro fares. Airfare, transportation to and from airports, lodging, and museum admittance are all covered by the department.

The Paris trip is open to current Rice University undergraduate art history majors and any undergraduate student with a demonstrable interest in the history of art. Students will be asked to fill out an application to be considered for the trip. (Scroll down for application link.)

The travel program this year, which marks the 10th anniversary of the Department of Art History's Spring Break Trips, is made possible through support from Rice Global Paris.

Led by Associate Professors Gordon Hughes and Fabiola López-Durán.

Gordon Hughes teaches and writes on 20th-century European and American art in the Department of Art History at Rice University. Before becoming an art historian he worked as a practicing artist based in Chicago. Hughes received his Ph.D. in art history from Princeton and earned a Master degree from the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism at the University of Western Ontario and an MFA in studio art from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Adopting a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, Fabiola López-Durán’s research and teaching focuses on the history and theory of modern and contemporary European and Latin American art and architecture. Her work analyzes the cross-pollination of ideas and mediums—science, politics and aesthetics—that informed the process of modernization on both sides of the Atlantic, with an emphasis on Latin America. Originally trained as an architect, López-Durán earned her Ph.D in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

How to apply:

Fill out the Adobe Sign application, which should include an unofficial copy of your transcript and a 500-word statement of interest explaining your reasons for wanting to participate in the Paris Spring Break Trip. Include information about courses you have taken or anticipate taking at Rice that would support or be supported by the trip, the relevance to your major(s) or minor(s), and/or other relevant experiences or motivating factors.

Instructions for new Adobe Sign form: Fill out the application form below and upload the required documents within the form. Then, sign and click submit at bottom of page. Fill out the pop-up window with YOUR name and Rice email. You must check your email and approve the email from Adobe Sign or the application will not be submitted.


DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 6, 2023

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