In addition to serving a more traditional research mission, the MSU Excavations at Isthmia also seeks to function as a place of creative inspiration. After all, much of what is uncovered at an archaeological excavation is considered artwork worthy of a place in a museum. In addition, many of the ways archaeologists document their fieldwork and discoveries draw on techniques that are artistic in nature.
In recognition of this connection between art, design and archaeology, we support the following initiatives.
For more information about any of these events or programs, or to propose a collaborative venture of your own, please contact Jon Frey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceramics Arts in Greece
In 2023, the MSU Department of Art, Art History and Design collaborated with the MSU Excavations at Isthmia and the Global Arts Studio in Corinth to sponsor a new study abroad program focused on the history and creation of ceramic art in Greece. Over the course of three weeks, students from Michigan State University examined first hand a wide variety of works in clay–from amphoras, to figurines, to rooftiles and bricks–at a number of different archaeological sites and museums in Greece. At the same time, they enjoyed the use of the newly created ceramics facility at the Global Arts Studio, where they explored new techniques and new directions for their own creative work. They also collaborated with Greek art students who were enrolled at Global Arts Studio.
Upon their return to Michigan, the students launched into an intensive period of making that resulted in the exhibition “In Exchange for the Fire.” To see the digital companion to this show, click here.
To learn more about this study abroad opportunity, click here.
In 2021, photographer and media specialist Daniel Trego collaborated with the MSU Excavations at Isthmia to record educational content for online courses in art and archaeology. In addition, he captured many other moments in the daily life of an excavation. This resulted in exhibitions of his photography both in East Lansing, Michigan in December 2021 and in the archaeological museum of the site of Isthmia the following spring and summer. To see the digital companion to this exhibition, click here.
Artist In Residence
In light of the success of these creative ventures, the MSU Excavations has embarked upon a program to actively support the work of artists at the site through an artist in residence program. For more information, please contact Jon Frey at email@example.com