Liz Aplin Trip:

Florence, Italy; Yellowstone National Park

Following the unexpected loss of art instructor Liz Aplin, who died in 2000 after teaching at Baylor for ten years, a committee of friends and benefactors created an art trip in her memory.

Since the first trip in 2001 to the Florence Academy in Italy, several groups of Baylor students have traveled abroad to study art and immerse themselves in other cultures as authentically as possible. In addition to painting each day under the instruction of a professional artist, the students live in a city or village, prepare many of their own meals with food purchased in local markets, navigate cobbled European streets on foot, and ride crowded public transportation systems – often for the first time.

The most recent trip was to Olvera, Spain in 2012 -- giving nine students the opportunity to study art with instructors Daud and Timur Akhriev while visiting local art studios and neighboring cities.


"They have been given the gift of seeing light and color anew, and the process of seeing and painting has become a means of connecting to the world around them."

Laura Willett Instructor of Fine Arts