Burren College of Art (and other such adventures in Ireland)

I had the incredible opportunity to do some traveling this semester, too. Nearly every Friday, we had the chance to go on regular field trips for our Irish Studies class, taught by Gordon D’Arcy, a passionate expert on the Burren and Irish Heritage. Our travels also took us beyond the Burren, and on to Dublin, the Aran Islands, and even Berlin. Managed by the school, the trips were organized so that we could easily access some of the most remarkable museums in those areas, as well as have plenty of time to explore on our own. In Dublin, I was introduced to Francis Bacon’s studio and, in Berlin, I was able to see a brilliant Anselm Keifer collection, as well as an incredible display of Goya’s etchings. Those trips were so incredible and filled with so many adventures that, if I were to go into them, I’d never finish this blog post. Pictures and mouse-over captions will just have to suffice.

As the semester came to a close, we had to go through the dreaded process of dismantling our studios. Doing this always leaves me feeling so incredibly displaced. It was a hard week to say the least but, at least we had one last moment in our studios before completely clearing out, and that was the week-long “2011 Undergraduate Exhibition.”

Having packed my bags and shipped my work off to California and Pittsburgh, I believe this is where my adventures with the Burren College of Art end. I will be traveling for a week around Ireland with my family, shortly followed by a visit back home, and then I will, after a year’s hiatus, finally return to Pittsburgh to complete my degree. My time here in Ireland has been absolutely remarkable to say the least, and I certainly hope that I find my way back here in the future.

I want to thank all of those involved in making this such a memorable semester – from faculty, to staff, to students, to locals. Thank you all for the incredible journey. Cheers!

“Happiness is neither virtue nor pleasure nor this thing nor that but simply growth, We are happy when we are growing.” – William Butler Yeats
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