Program Overview

New for 2020! Art and activism have gone hand in hand for decades, possibly beginning with Picasso’s LaGuernica in 1937. Since then, artists have protested social injustice, politics, technology, the environment, immigration, marginalized demographics, media madness, and even art itself. This course will explore hands-on studio art methodologies to employ art in an engaging fashion to point out concerns and hopefully provide creative solutions to the vast array of subjects that demand contemporary critical discourse.

  Summer College was life-changing!  ~ Summer College student, 2019

Program Objectives

Students will come out of this course being able to:

  • Consider arts role(s) in a variety of cultural, political, and economic contexts
  • Define activism in art
  • Demonstrate safe and respectful work habits in the studio(s)
  • Conceptualize and execute a minimum of two completed projects that are ready to show in specified venues/situations
  • Demonstrate an ability to communicate visually
  • Think critically about how activism affects the cultural fabric of a society
  • Effectively document work
  • Include new works in their portfolio

Art & Design Track

Interested in learning more about art and design? Summer College students can choose an additional art and design program in a consecutive session and receive 10% off both sessions. Choose two additional art and design programs and receive 15% off all three sessions (Scholarship and Financial Aid will apply to each program attended). Or build your own track and explore even more of what Syracuse University has to offer!

Session I: June 27 – July 10: Art & Activism, Art & Craft of Animation, Industrial Design

Session II: July 11 – July 24: Art Intensive: Sculpture & Time-Based Forms (ARI 200), Fashion and Accessories Design, Graphic Design, Photography

Session III: July 25 – August 7: Environmental & Interior Design

 View all programs by session date to build your own track!

Learn more about AIC 200: Art & Activism:

Program Dates & Details Eligibility Requirements Program Cost Program Requirements Typical Day Faculty Bio

Program Dates & Details

Session I: June 27 – July 10, 2020
Duration: 2 weeks


Credit: 3 credits
Grading System: A-F

Eligibility Requirements

Students must be a minimum of 15 years of age by the orientation and move-in date. For full Summer College admission requirements, view the Admissions Overview and Eligibility page.

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Program Cost

Program Cost: 

  • Residential: $4,950
  • Commuter: $4,136

*Please visit our Program Costs page for more detailed information. Program rates are subject to change and will be approved by the board of trustees in March.  Discounts and scholarships are also available.

Program Requirements


Here is a short list of artists that explore activism through their art: Guerilla Girls, Yes Men, Ai Wei Wei, Latoya Ruby Frasier, Amos Kennedy, William Powhida, José Guadalupe Posada, Favianna Rodriguez. Before you arrive, ensure to familiarize yourself with some of these artists and seek out others that influence you.

Student Expectations

This is an academically rigorous, college-level program. Students are expected to complete nightly homework assignments and actively participate in group projects. Students are expected to attend all classes every day, arrive on time, and meet all academic obligations. Free time will vary as each program is unique, as is the subsequent workload.

Students are expected to be on time for all scheduled events. Students are expected to bring an open mind and positive attitude to the learning process.

Typical Day

Tentative Schedule

Mornings are Lead by Professor Herbig
9:00 Discussion Regarding Readings/Lecture by Professor or a Guest
10:00 Technical Demonstrations/In Progress Review
11:00 Hands-On Working in Studio (Individual Instruction as Needed)
12:00 Hands-On Working in Studio (Individual Instruction as Needed)


Afternoons are Lead by Graduate Student(s)
1:15 Technical Demonstrations/On-Campus Field Trip
2:00 Hands-On Working in Studio (Individual Instruction as Needed)
3:00 Hands-On Working in Studio (Individual Instruction as Needed)
4:00 Clean-Up
4:15 Class Ends


6:00 Intermittent Studio Access in Evenings (Grad Student On Site)
9:00 Bus Back to Main Campus/Dorms

When class is over, and on weekends, students can look forward to various Summer College trips and activities. Check out our Campus Activities page for more information!

Final Academic Obligation

Students are permitted to depart upon the completion of their last class on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 4:30pm. If students have any questions regarding their final academic obligation, we encourage them to reach out to their instructor. Please refer to the Move-Out page for important information regarding the checkout process.

Faculty Bios

Dusty Herbig – Associate Professor, Studio Arts and Coordinator, Printmaking

Dusty Herbig teaches lithography, intaglio, serigraphy, relief, and all levels of advanced and graduate courses. He also serves as the director and master printer of Lake Effect Editions, the press of the printmaking intensive. He earned an M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 and a B.F.A. from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas, in 1996.

Herbig exhibits nationally, participating in juried exhibitions in all corners of the U.S., including Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, New York City, and internationally, including exhibitions in Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Spain, Pakistan, Taiwan, Brazil, Germany, South Korea, and Poland. His socially provocative work is in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts; KUMU; the Art Museum of Estonia; Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kansas; the Hunterdon Museum of Art, Hunterdon, New Jersey; the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; and Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, New York City, among others. Herbig is also the recipient of a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship in printmaking, drawing, and book arts.

Check out Dusty’s personal site here!