Part of the Road to Ruscha experience involved an opportunity to meet the artist, and the group was welcomed into Ruscha’s studio.
“It’s very rare for an artist like Ed Ruscha to welcome visitors, especially a group of 23 people,” Farling said. “It was an extremely rare and special opportunity, and everyone there was so hospitable and glad to have us. They even did five door prizes, which included books and a pencil Ed had kept in his studio since 1963 when the book was published.”
Now that the trip has been completed and information on the students’ experiences has been published online, visitors to the museum’s website can take away a glimpse of a changing landscape and an unchanging reward in a journey not taken for granted.
“I hope it inspires people to take a road trip — you can’t experience it through photos or apps. Usually when you drive, you’re on a set schedule and you don’t make a lot of stops, but it’s so good to stop and see the places between destinations,” Farling said.