AAU Sponsors Student's Travels in Bolivia
A unique artist. An inspiring experience. An artistic project that will make a difference in the
real world. This is what Academy of Art University is all about.
The Academy of Art University is currently sponsoring
fine art student Sean Anderson, who is traveling in
northwest Bolivia with Concern America and Educational Safaris. Sean is working on a painting
project in conjunction with a health project called El Puente (The Bridge). El Puente is an
important cross-cultural educational expedition and fundraiser for the Rio Beni Health Project in
the rainforest of Bolivia, which provides basic health aid to rural villages.
Sean is not only participating as a volunteer for El Puente, but is also playing a key role in
the project as artist-in-residence. He is creating a body of work that will bring to life the
interaction between those coming from California and the native Bolivians. “I view art as a
universal language…my goal is to use this language as a tool to convey messages that have
importance to myself and to others” says Sean. His paintings will be used to spread awareness about
the area and to raise funds so El Puente can continue its mission there.
In addition to sponsoring Sean’s travel, the Academy will also host a special show of his work.
Sean estimates that it will take four months for him to complete his artwork when he returns from
Bolivia. During his rare opportunities to access the internet, Sean sends updates about his
travels. In his latest message he writes: “ There is instant inspiration here for me. The colors,
architecture, people, and language are all extremely
vibrant. My thoughts as to what the thesis will be for my series of paintings is starting to brew.
I can’t wait to see what I will be thinking and creating in the next few days. Thanks again to the
Academy and those from the AAU that have helped my project become a reality.”
Check back soon for more updates on Sean Anderson and for information about the planned
exhibition of his work.