HPU Art and Design Students Tour NYC Galleries and Museums

Students participate in an interactive learning activity while viewing “Washington Crossing the Delaware” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Professors in HPU’s School of Art and Design took 16 visual merchandising and art majors on a weekend tour of galleries and window displays, which included a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

HIGH POINT, N.C., April 9, 2018 – High Point University students viewed the freshest designs and works of art on display throughout New York City recently.

Professors in HPU’s School of Art and Design took 16 visual merchandising and art majors on a weekend tour of galleries and window displays meant to spark and inspire their creativity.

Dr. Victoria Brown, assistant professor of visual merchandising design, took students on a window tour of luxury fashion retailers on Fifth Avenue. They also toured various museums throughout the city, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Fashion Institute of Technology museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Their next stop was Kleinfeld Bridal, where students were able to view various aspects of the bridal business and meet with bridal gown designer Pnina Tornai, known for her appearances on the hit television show “Say Yes to the Dress.” They also visited Meredith Matsakis, a 2017 HPU graduate who works at Design Works International.

“The New York trip was an affirmation of what I want to do for the rest of my life,” said student Sophia Brown. “We were able to see first-hand the exquisite and intricate detail that goes into bringing a design to life, whether it was fashion or architecture. Learning the history behind designs as well as the stages of the creative process really helped me develop a narrower focus on my future.”

The art students toured a number of mid-town galleries and participated in an art walk of Chelsea with art Professor Scott Raynor and art instructor Bruce Shores.

Visual merchandising design students met with bridal gown designer Pnina Tornai, center, while touring Kleinfeld Bridal.

“Touring contemporary art in galleries exposes students to some of the newest and most innovative work being created in the art world,” said Raynor. “As part of our viewings, we were able to interact and connect to the gallery curators and ask them questions about how they choose works for display.”

At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, students also participated in an interactive learning activity created by Raynor called “Hack the Met.” It engaged the students in a number of challenges and activities integrated with social media as they toured the museum.

“I had an absolutely fantastic experience going to New York with the art department,” said Kirstin Canner, a senior art major. “We were able to see a once-in-a-lifetime Michelangelo show, something I would have never been able to see otherwise. I also loved being able to explore some cutting-edge contemporary art galleries. Overall, it was a memorable experience.”

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