International Symposiums

Click here for a Save the Date flyer for the June 2020 International Symposium.

“This will be the fourth International Symposium that my wife and I have enjoyed with ICFAD. We appreciate that these programs are more than merely well-planned vacations. They are tailor-made for deans and arts administrators to provide an educationally enriching, culturally immersive experience led by seasoned guides. We wouldn’t consider other group travel, but we very much look forward to ICFAD’s trips.”

  • Chuck O’Connor, Dean, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hixson-Lied Fine & Performing Arts

Join us for ICFAD’s triennial international summer symposium, an informative and educational experience that will address global issues in the arts and arts education.

This week-long symposium will be followed by a two-day global seminar at Elisava, planned cooperatively with colleagues from ELIA, the globally connected European network for higher arts education. Registration for the Global Seminar is separate, and will be available on this webpage, soon.

Gijs van Hensbergen will accompany and share his knowledge with us for several days, as we visit together:

La Sagrada Familia, the monumental church designed by Antoni Gaudi’, with construction which began in 1882 and continues today

Museu d’Historia de Barcelona, including the world’s most extensive subterranean Roman ruins

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, located in the Palau Nacional of Montjuic, constructed for the International Exposition of 1929

Fundacio’ Joan Miro’, taking us on a tip around the Barcelona of Joan Miro, providing an opportunity to discover the links between the artist and the city of his birth, and his wish to see art become a natural part of people’s everyday lives

Museu Picasso, very rich in regard to work from the formative years in the life of the artist; practically exhaustive up to the Blue Period

Palau de la Musica, this essential landmark in the cultural and social life of Catalonia is an architectural jewel of Catalan Art Nouveau and the only concert venue in this style to be listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO

Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona’s Opera House was founded on the Rambla in 1847 and has continued through the years to fulfill its role as a culture and arts centre and one of the symbols of the city

Park Güell, a failed garden city project transformed into a public park brimming with imagination and symbolism

Casa Mila / La Pedrera, an architectonic sculpture combining absolute aesthetic liberty with original structural solutions

During a visit to the original campus of the Universitat de Barcelona, founded in 1450, we will learn about the long history of this institution, its buildings, library (including a collection of incunables), and art collection. We will experience a presentation about the differences between U.S. and European institutions of higher education - including the Bologna Process - that reshaped the way European universities work, especially from a curricular viewpoint. There will be a roundtable on these topics that will include a number of deans from the University of Barcelona, offering a very productive exchange of information among participants. A presentation about academic exchange opportunities will provide information needed to pursue such exchanges.

ICFAD members are invited to present, as part of our time on campus.

Two pricing options are available for the International Symposium. A seven-night, six-day program has been planned for $4,656. The price includes breakfast at the hotel each morning, five lunches and two dinners. A five-night, four-day experience is planned for $3,140 and includes breakfast at the hotel each morning, three lunches, two dinners and a farewell reception.

Those joining us for six days will also experience:

Teatre-Museu Dali, the world’s largest surrealist object, conceived and designed by the artist allowing us to capture the artistic journey of Salvador Dali

Casa-Museu Dali, where in 1930, Salvador Dali set up home in a small fisherman’s hut in Portlligat, drawn to it by the landscape, the light and the isolation of the place

and more.

The Museum of Montserrat houses a spectacular collection including works of Caravaggio, Dali, Picasso, Monet, Sisley, Degas, El Greco and so many more – with time to experience the spectacularly beautiful Benedictine monk mountain retreat and its breathtaking views

Llopart Winery, viticulturists since 1385

Two pricing options are available for the International Symposium. A seven-night, six-day program has been planned for $4,656. The price includes breakfast at the hotel each morning, five lunches and two dinners. A five-night, four-day experience is planned for $3,140 and includes breakfast at the hotel each morning, three lunches, two dinners and a farewell reception.

During a visit to the original campus of the Universitat de Barcelona, founded in 1450, we will learn about the long history of this institution, its buildings, library (including a collection of incunables), and art collection. We will experience a presentation about the differences between U.S. and European institutions of higher education - including the Bologna Process - that reshaped the way European universities work, especially from a curricular viewpoint. There will be a roundtable on these topics that will include a number of deans from the University of Barcelona, offering a very productive exchange of information among participants. A presentation about academic exchange opportunities will provide information needed to pursue such exchanges.

ICFAD members are invited to present, as part of our time on campus.

Please click here to register members of your institution for ICFAD’s June 2020 International Symposium. You will be asked to pay a $500 per person deposit. The remaining amount due will be payable in April 2020.

Again: The week-long symposium will be followed by a two-day global seminar at Elisava, planned cooperatively with colleagues from ELIA, the globally connected European network for higher arts education. Registration for the Global Seminar is separate, and will be available on this webpage, soon.

Please click here to register members of your family or friends. This form is separate, to provide you with the opportunity to use a different credit card.

Please click here if you prefer to print a registration form to mail in with your payment by check.

Please click here to send an e-mail to Joanna Wivell to communicate any special requests related to your overnight accommodations at H10 Art Gallery. Your overnight accommodations are included in the registration fee.

Hotel rooms are being held in our name until January 13, 2020. While we still welcome your reservation after that date, we are not able to guarantee that reservations received after that date will be at the same hotel. 

Previous International Symposiums

2017 – Havana, Cuba, June 3 – 8, with a post-symposium trip to Cienfuegos and Trinidad, Cuba, June 8 – 11

A group of 38 colleagues from the International Council of Fine Arts Deans enjoyed nine days together in Cuba, exploring ways in which personal and collective identity is expressed in Cuban culture through the arts. From the monumental modernist structures of Plaza del las Revolucion, to the idealist architecture of the Instituto Superior de Arte, to contemporary art venues such as the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, or the unsanctioned public performance works of various artists, we explored the complexities and richness of personal expression in public places where expression is often limited, restricted, or pre-determined.

We enjoyed time conversing with and learning from personnel from the Office of International Programs from the University of Havana and Instituto Superior de Arte, as well as each other, as we shared experiences in developing relationships with arts executives in this magical country just 228 miles south of our shores.

We came away with a greater understanding of the colonial and post-colonial history of Cuba, while considering the unique geographical and ecological attributes that make the island one of the most colorful, dynamic and vital cultures in the Western Hemisphere.

Click here to see some of the photos that David Randell of David R. Randell Photographics, took, along the way.Click here  to see a Memorandum of Understanding drafted by Instituto Superior de Arte.

Click here to see some of the video and photos that Giraud Polite, Interim Dean of Business and Career Programs and Professor of Visual Communications and Cultural Studies at Brookhaven College took, along the way.

Click here to see a Memorandum of Understanding between James Madison University and Instituto Superior de Arte that was signed by both parties in addition to ISA’s standard MoU.

2014 – Istanbul, Turkey, Tuesday, June 24 - Friday, June 27, with a post-symposium trip to Cappadocia Saturday,
June 28 - Monday, June 30

Click here to see the Symposium Program.

2011 - Florence, Italy -Hotel Il Guelfo Bianco, Le Due Fontane, Loggiato Dei Serviti - June 21-24

Florence: Where the Past Meets the Present

To view information about the Symposium Program click here.
To view information about the Malta Post Symposium trip click here.

2008 - Dubrovnik, Croatia - Neptun Hotel - July 15-18

Libertas: Freedom as a Result and Condition of Art

To view the Conference Brochure, click here.

2005 - London, England - Thistle Hotel: Kensington Palace - July 12-16

Libertas: Freedom as a Result and Condition of Art

To view the Conference Brochure, click here.

2002 - Rome & Florence, Italy - June 27 - July 4

Putting the 'I' Back in ICFAD

To view the Conference Brochure, click here.

1999 - Auckland, New Zealand

1996 - Lisbon, Portugal

1993 - Madrid, Spain

1987 - London, England

1981 - Florence, Italy