Arts & Culture Indonesia


A Winter 2013 preparation course followed by a 3-week immersive trip to Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Taught at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design. In Yogyakarta, undergraduate art students collaborated with the arts collective Taring Padi, who are known, among other things, for their banner-sized collaborative woodblock prints that respond to social, political, environmental, and economic issues. The collaboration began with a series of discussions surrounding art and its social context, eventually leading to the creation of a large woodblock print that explored the theme of ‘environment’ from both the U.S. and Indonesian perspectives. A final exhibition was presented on Saturday, July 13 at Gedung Serba Guna Sembungan, a community space located in a rural village south of Yogyakarta city where the Taring Padi studio resides.

Additional visits to artist studios, galleries and historic sites included the Ullen Sentalu Museum, Borobudur, Prambanan, Mt. Merapi, Papermoon Puppet Theater, Fitri Setyanningsih, Sangkring Art Space, Jogja Nasional Museum, Survive Garage, Indonesia Visual Art Archive, Batik Kelik, Indonesia Contemporary Art Network, Langgeng Art Gallery, Cemeti Art Space, ArtJog ’13, The House of Natural Fiber and Kedai Kebun. Images, stories and further information can be found on the course blog: A digital copy of the exhibition catalogue is also available for download HERE. The course was co-taught with Charlie Michaels.

Needless to say, I was terrified to travel across the world by myself, but Emilia made all the preparations to make my trip an eye-opening and enriching academic success. She helped me, and my classmates, grow as artists and human beings. -Kristen Cleghorn

Emilia’s experience living in Indonesia and her ability to speak Indonesian was absolutely necessary for me and my ten classmates to understand Yogyakarta’s culture. Emilia introduced me to humble, funny, and caring Indonesian people whom I was able to actually develop friendships with during my time abroad. I am extremely grateful for her service during the trip; I was able to connect more deeply with the country through these kinships. -Cristina Ley