Corinne Hughes has studied art and literature at the Evergreen State College in Washington. She has spent a semester in Irkutsk for language immersion and then another semester in St. Petersburg to engage more in cultural studies. In the fall of 2013, she will continue developing her research methods, focusing on the strife between politics and art in Hungary. Thereafter, she will study Russian language abroad in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan prior to graduation. Her long-term goal is to promote international communication and collaboration between artists in the United States, Russia, and Eurasia.