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International Art Collaborations (INTAC) connects students and professors from universities around the world to develop and create projects. This year, due to the circumstances, the INTAC exhibition will be fully online. There will also be a panel discussion, moderated by Professor Peter Sramek, about INTAC and collaborating online.

Over the past 10 years students and professors at 8 universities around the world have engaged in meaningful international experiences under the name International Art Collaborations (INTAC) following an annual cycle of 8-month engagements. The current 2019 iteration of INTAC brings together 6 universities located in Finland, Mexico, Canada, Germany, SouthKorea and China.

The INTAC network provides a framework that empowers students to connect with one another, and through online communication, work together to collaborate on dynamic art projects. We employ a philosophy of open team-based exchange of ideas and materials through workspace platforms and social media combined with facilitated in-person meetings at each location. In this environment students develop projects under the guidance of their professors at each school, and are encouraged to become leaders in building new relationships through the sharing of ideas and concepts that cross language and cultural differences.

The virtual learning experience fosters a contemporary take on traditional individualistic methods of art-making practices and prepares students to understand realities of cultural diversity and inter-dependence. Through the blending of online and face-to-face collaboration, students develop artworks that address a broad range of themes, effectively empowering them to work together and engage questions crucial to themselves and their international partners. As future professional image creators, they are better prepared to positively impact 21st century media environments.

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