I wanted to develop a program that was different from those already available to our students, one that included a different relationship of art and nature. The South Pacific program has run bi-annually since 1996. Each trip has about 25 students, so now over 200 students have lived on a Marae in New Zealand, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, visited national parks in New Zealand and Australia, worked hard in printmaking studios, and have gone to sleep with the sound of the ocean in the Cook Islands. They start the trip mostly for adventure and curiosity, but by the end they more know a good deal about the art, culture, and nature in that part of the world. They see more of those countries during the trip than will some life-long residents. And at the core of this is drawing from nature, with the kind of careful thought and invention that you can see in these drawings.
Fred Hagstrom, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art, 2013