August 25, 2023

KyCAD Students Study Abroad in Scotland

Rounding out the ’22-’23 academic year, a group of Kentucky College of Art + Design students and faculty traveled to Scotland for an immersive arts experience abroad. Each student had an opportunity to learn and experience the culture of Scotland, all while participating in a variety of activities, workshops and networking opportunities alongside their peers and professors. 

Finishing two classes while abroad, students studied the Scottish Enlightenment, read poetry written by Scottish poets, Norman MacCaig and Robert Burns, and engaged in workshops, where they created prints and work focused on travel and walking. 

KyCAD President Moira Scott Payne, who has spent most of her life in Scotland, traveled alongside students and faculty, serving as a leader and guide around the country. Payne said, “The students were happy, interested and energetic. The trip was an enormous success.”

A couple highlights from the trip included relaxing around a bonfire on Luskentyre Beach, taking a boat to the Isle of Harris, and watching a famous Hebridean Weaver in his wee shed.

Throughout the two-week-long trip, a handful of students posted a collection of photos and videos on their social media showcasing the sights and experiences they shared in Scotland. 

Freshman Vic Nolley (BFA, Studio Art) shared an Instagram reel which relayed beautiful architecture and landscapes around Scotland, visually intriguing art, and moments of laughter shared by her and her classmates. 

“This was such an unforgettable experience,” Nolley said. “I’m so grateful for our community here at KyCAD.”

KyCAD’s next exhibition will be centered around the artwork and stories from our students' time abroad. This exhibition is set to go up in August in the 849 Gallery located on 3rd Street, however, the exact date is yet to be determined.