Holy week Art Program

Student pose in front of alfombra

During the 2015 Spring semester, Professor Jason Urban and Leslie Mutchler accompanied a small group of students from the Department of Art and Art History to take part in Semana Santa by designing and creating an eight by twenty-foot Alfombra, or sawdust carpet for the Holy Week processions.

Throughout this ten-day trip, anchored at Casa Herrera, students heard lectures about Semana Santa, the culture and customs of Guatemala, took field-trips to a textile factory, the Capuchinas Convent, and San Juan Comalapa to see hand-painted murals. This time spent together, away from home and typical American creature comforts allowed our students to form long-lasting friendships and gain valuable cultural perspective.

Sophomore Kendall Bradley, Studio BFA, said "Going to Antigua on the Semana Santa trip was probably the best thing I could’ve done during my Foundations year. Being with a group of people that I wasn’t close with before the trip allowed me to experience the culture of the city in a way I wouldn’t have if I went with a group of friends, and allowed me to create new & lasting friendships at the same time. This trip inspired me both as a person and an artist, and was the perfect introductory study abroad experience."

Senior Connor Walden, double major in Studio (BA) and Marketing (BBA), said "Antigua was a great opportunity for me to learn more about the Mayan and Catholic heritage of Guatemala. I also enjoyed the chance to meet people at UT, people in the UT system in Guatemala, and people that are from Guatemala. It's amazing to see how connected the UT system is to this region and the opportunities it provides for students to learn and experience a unique culture."