Art Pilgrimage Anyone?
Join museum curators on insider tours to global destinations for contemporary art. The ASU Art Museum Curated Travel program offers exclusive access to the art world and is specially designed for the cultural explorer and lifelong learner. ASU Art Museum is inspired by destinations that provide the greatest return on creativity. Become an art nomad with itineraries that include private art collection tours, artist studio visits, culinary feasts, specialized art seminars, and much more.
Stay tuned to see where we are going in summer 2024!
Past Travel Events
Nov. 11–14, 2021
Join us for a unique art pilgrimage to Marfa, the creative capital of West Texas. Our three-day stay will include visits to the Judd Foundation, Chinati Foundation, local galleries and artist studios, private residences, art collections, and more.
Venice, Italy and Berlin, Germany
Sept. 3-12, 2015
Travelers explore Venice’s spectacular views, historic landmarks and rich culture with tours of the 56th International Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia, the Peggy Guggenheim collection, the Punta della Dogana museum, the historic Regata Storica gondola race and festival and much more. In Berlin, visit the Hamburger Bahnhof (Museum für Gegenwart), the Berlinische Galerie and the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, as well as contemporary gallery and studio visits with local artists.
February 4-8, 2015
We invite you to join the Director Gordon Knox and Curator Julio Cesar Morales on a unique and exceptional insiders’ tour of the art and architecture of vibrant Mexico City. Ciudad de México is a sprawling, frenetic, confounding, gigantic megalopolis built on the ruins of the ancient Aztec civilization. With over 21 million people, it is the largest metropolitan area in the western hemisphere and the largest Spanish-speaking city in the world. Mexico City is an amazing place to behold and to celebrate. Over the past couple of decades it has become known as a world-class destination for cutting edge art, inspired contemporary architecture, and a superb food scene that inventively celebrates the culinary traditions of México. On this exciting journey, you will explore the best that this extraordinary city has to offer. Your guide will be México native Julio Cesar Morales whose connections and friendships will enable us to visit the studios of notable artists. You will visit with artists such as Pedro Reyes, Tania Candiani, Miguel Ángel Rios, Máximo Gonzalez, Eduardo Terrazas, and Yoshua Okon, and will view outstanding contemporary art collections, like that of Teofilo Cohen.
Clay: North Carolina
April 23-28, 2014
North Carolina is fertile ground for pottery making and has been for over 200 years. Please join Curator of Ceramics Peter Held for a fun-filled exploration of the state’s remarkable historical and contemporary pottery and craft enclaves: Jugtown/Seagrove, Pittsboro, Hickory, and some very scenic points in between. Along the way, we will meet accomplished artists, passionate collectors of craft and folk art; and distinguished museum directors and curators who now carry the mantle of North Carolina’s rich and renowned clay heritage. Visits to vibrant Charlotte and gracious Asheville will bookend our time along North Carolina’s back roads and through its small towns. At all stops we will enjoy the best-in-market accommodations and regionally acclaimed chefs — from decidedly down home and legendary ‘Q’ houses to upscale New Southern Cuisine. As with all Ceramics Research Center trips, Peter’s reputation and relationships within the national ceramics community will afford us unprecedented access.
Don Reitz Studio — Cottonwood, AZ
Join us for a trip to Don Reitz Ranch. Don and his assistants will be unloading the kiln, lunch will be served in the studio and you will have the opportunity to walk around the showroom.
Oct 25 – 29, 2013
Please join ASU Art Museum Director Gordon Knox for a very special, insider’s tour of Arkansas! The trip begins in Little Rock and continues through the Ozark Mountains to Bentonville, home of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, founded by Walmart heiress Alice Walton and designed by architect Moshe Safdie. Along the way we will visit the outstanding contemporary craft collection of Robyn and John Horn, view the renowned drawings collection of the Arkansas Arts Center, visit the studio of celebrated artist Leon Niehaus, and visit buildings designed by a variety of contemporary architects, including James Polshek, Marlon Blackwell, Deborah Berke, and Fay Jones. Guides for the journey will include noted Southern historian Tom Dillard; former head of the Arkansas-based Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Sybil Hampton; and Warwick Sabin, publisher of the award-winning magazine of Southern culture, the Oxford American. Culinary experiences will range from downhome southern fare – barbeque and catfish – to fine dining at the new, upscale Bentonville restaurant The Hive. The tour concludes in Tulsa, our departure city, after a visit to the Philbrook Museum.
The Emerald City — Seattle, Washington
February 24-28, 2009
Join the ASU Art Museum and the Ceramics Research Center curators on this trip to one of the country’s most active and eclectic art centers. The trip will include exclusive tours of private art collections, studios, galleries and museums, where we will meet with artists, dealers, curators and collectors. Our carefully selected itinerary will explore the range of media and formats employed by contemporary artists, from ceramics and glass to video and mixed media installation. We will stay in a boutique hotel in the center of the city, surrounded by restaurants, galleries, unique shops and local sites. Please check back soon for a detailed itinerary and pricing information. Space is limited!
Art Encounters: Brazil and Argentina
November 6-18, 2006
Join in the pleasure and excitement of fully escorted international travel on the ASU Art Museum’s third trip to South America. Share experiences that our previous travelers continue to rave about!ASU Art Museum tour hosts: Marilyn A. Zeitlin, director/chief curator and Ted Decker, manager of special museum initiatives.
- Encounter art through the eyes of curators and participate in thoughtful and lively discussions with experts and fellow intellectually-curious travelers.
- Tour, privately with extra viewing time, the 27th São Paulo Bienal – the largest contemporary art fair in Latin America and acclaimed as one of the best three of events of its kind in the world.
- Gain privileged access to private collections, artists’ studios and contemporary art galleries in Argentina and Brazil.
- Enjoy premier hotel accommodations and exceptional regional and international cuisine at top-rated restaurants in Buenos Aires, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
- Visit significant architectural sites, gardens and museums, including the MALBA in Buenos Aires and Museu de Arte Contemporânea at the University of São Paulo, the ASU Art Museum’s new international partner–all guided.
- Revel in private samba lessons and evenings of tango in Buenos Aires and bossa nova in Rio de Janeiro.
- Sail on a schooner cruise through Guanabara Bay as the sun sets over Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most beautiful cities.
- Visit the residence and art pavilion of Brazil’s largest contemporary art collector–a tour exclusive.
- Tour Buenos Aires guided by a University of Buenos Aires history professor.
- Delight in free time for shopping and personal exploration in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
- Trip proceeds support the ASU Art Museum’s rapidly expanding initiatives in exhibiting and collecting Latin American art. The ASU Art Museum is cited as “the single most impressive venue in the state for contemporary art.”
Big Sky 2006 CLA Travel to Montana
June 20-25, 2006
Dear Arts Supporters: Please join me on our museum trip to cool Montana for “Clay in the Big Sky,” June 20-25, 2006. Travelers will have privileged access to the world acclaimed Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts and many of the Bray alumni active in the area. The Bray is hosting their Bray International 2006, a three-day extravaganza including lectures, demonstrations, studio and collection visits, culminating in a gala dinner and auction. Founded in 1951, the Bray is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to the enrichment of the ceramic arts, offering residencies and specialized workshops to ceramic artists from around the world. Located on the 26-acre site, the Bray facilities include year-round resident studios, site-specific sculpture, community class facilities, a sales gallery, and a summer warehouse gallery. We will be welcomed by Josh DeWeese, resident director, visit Richard Notkin in his home and studio, as well as over a dozen potters and ceramic sculptors. There will be wonderful opportunities to purchase work directly from the artists. Join fellow ceramic enthusiasts in the last best place for western hospitality, cool summer weather, and great ceramic art!
- Encounter the diversity of the ceramic arts through the eyes of curators, artists and collectors.
- Collectors’ package for the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts 2006 Archie Bray International, a three-day extravaganza of lectures, studio tours, demonstrations, culminating in a Gala dinner and live auction of the worlds leading artists.
- Have an opportunity to visit Rudy Autio and John Mason at the Bray, two ceramic sculptors who have been pathfinders in the field since the 1950s.
- Special collector’s preview of the Holter Museum’s outstanding ceramics exhibitions, including John Mason and Rudy Autio exhibitions, Base Clay: Selections from the Permanent Collection, The Yixing Effect, Kurt Weiser: Teabowls, and Jun Kaneko: Platters.
- Day trip to Bozeman to visit galleries and the studios of acclaimed sculptor & printmaker John Buck and Gennie DeWeese, the grande dame of Montana art
- Stroll through Downtown Helena on the pedestrian mall and experience part of the Old West through Victorian architecture built during the Montana Gold Rush.
- Welcome dinner at the Montana Club, the oldest private club west of the Mississippi River.
- Free time for shopping and personal exploration in Helena, Montana, where it will be springtime in the Rockies!
Art Encounters: Brazil and Argentina
September 18-30, 2005
Join in the pleasure and excitement of fully escorted international travel on the ASU Art Museum’s second trip to South America.
ASU Art Museum tour hosts: Marilyn A. Zeitlin, director/chief curator and Ted Decker, manager of special museum initiatives.
- Privileged access to private collections, artists’ studios and contemporary art galleries in Brazil and Argentina
- Enjoy 4-star hotel accommodations and exceptional regional cuisine at top-rated restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Buenos Aires
- Guided visits to significant architectural sites, gardens and museums, including the Museu de Arte Contemporânea – University of São Paulo, the Museum’s new international partner
- Private samba lessons and evenings of bossa nova in Rio de Janeiro and tango in Buenos Aires
- Schooner cruise through Guanabara Bay as the sun sets over Rio de Janeiro, one of the world’s most beautiful cities
- Exclusive visit to the residence and art pavilion of Brazil’s largest contemporary art collector
- Buenos Aires historical city tour guided by University of Buenos Aires history professor
- Trip proceeds support the ASU Art Museum’s rapidly expanding initiatives in exhibiting and collecting Latin American art. The ASU Art Museum is pleased to be collaborating with Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, San Antonio, on this trip.
- Encounter art through the eyes of curators, and participate in thoughtful and lively discussions with experts and fellow intellectually curious travelers
March 15-22, 2005
Please join the ASU Art Museum on its upcoming trip Fete 05: Tour de Clay in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore from March 15th -21st. The annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference affords attendees opportunities to be totally immersed in clay, through hundreds of exhibitions, stimulating workshops and lectures, and special access to artists and patrons alike from around the world. Our trip package will provide you with an open ticket to all conference activities as well as a very special Collector’s Weekend sponsored by NCECA that includes exclusive dinners with prominent artists and premier seating at the Gala auction/dinner that will highlight some of the most influential clay artists working today.
Prior to the conference, we will spend a day and a half in Washington, D.C., where we will be treated to special tours with curators of the recently opened National Museum of the American Indian and the Renwick Gallery (the National Crafts Gallery). We will also be welcomed into the homes of collectors Diane and Marc Grainer and Leatrice and Mel Eagle for the special privilege of viewing fabulous American and British ceramics in lovely suburban Washington settings.
On a practical note, NCECA is a very informal conference; you can get by wearing jeans during the day so plan for casual dress with a few dressier outfits for the special dinners.
Thank you for your consideration in joining us on this wonderful trip and for supporting the activities of the ASU Art Museum’s Ceramics Research Center.
Brazil Cultural Immersion
September 30-October 13, 2004
Visit the former National Schools of Art today known as ISA ( Superior Institute of Art). The schools were designed and built by the Cuban Ricardo Porro and the Italians Roberto Gottardi and Vittorio Garatti from 1961 to 1965, in the former affluent neighborhood of Country Club Park(today known as Cubanacán), specifically on the grounds of the Havana Country Club golf course. Only two of the schools were completed, the rest being abandoned and awaiting restoration funding recently approved by the Cuban government. After 40 years, the original team of architects get together again to collaborate in the most important architecture work from the Cuban Revolution.
Big Sky Clay - CLA Trip to Montana
June 16-20, 2004
- Private preview of the Archie Bray Foundation’s 7th Annual Silent Auction and Resident Artist Exhibition led by Josh DeWeese, resident director
- Exclusive tour of internationally recognized ceramic artist Rudy Autio’s home and studio
- Privileged access to collectors’ homes and studios of nationally recognized artists
- A boat cruise on the Missouri River that follows the trail of Lewis and Clark, in celebration of the 200th anniversary of their historic expedition
- Plenty of Big Sky hospitality and an art- and fun-filled retreat to beautiful, cool Montana
November 2-10, 2003
November 11-22, 2000
Visit the former National Schools of Art today known as ISA (Superior Institute of Art). The schools were designed and built by the Cuban Ricardo Porro and the Italians Roberto Gottardi and Vittorio Garatti from 1961 to 1965, in the former affluent neighborhood of Country Club Park (today known as Cubanacán), specifically on the grounds of the Havana Country Club golf course. Only two of the schools were completed, the rest being abandoned and awaiting restoration funding recently approved by the Cuban government. After 40 years, the original team of architects get together again to collaborate in the most important architecture work from the Cuban Revolution.