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  • Locations: Venice, Italy
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Studio Art Centers International (SACI) 
  • Restrictions: WWU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Study Abroad Language of Instruction: English
Fields of Study: Art, Art History, Photography Housing Options: Apartment
Program Description:
A special 4-week SACI program in Venice, Italy

This program provides an exceptional opportunity for students to take part in one of the world’s most famous and prestigious contemporary art events — the Venice Biennale. Founded in 1895, the Biennale focuses on cutting-edge contemporary artistic practice and is at the forefront in the research and promotion of new artistic trends. This year’s Biennale — the 56th — is curated by Okwui Enwezors, who asks: How can the current disquiet of our time be properly grasped, made comprehensible, examined, and articulated?  SACI students will seek to explore this by participating in two courses: Contemporary Art History: Biennale and Beyond and Digital Photography. 

This unique 6-credit program (also open to non-credit students) will enable students to tour the numerous All the World’s Futures Biennale exhibitions, including visits to the exhibitions of Joan Jonas at the US Pavilion, Sarah Lucas at the UK Pavilion, “Masters of the 1970s” at the Italian Pavilion, and many more. Students will also visit Venice’s great museums and travel to the lovely islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello and to the nearby historic city of Padua.
 On-Site Program Director Jacopo Santini will lead students on photo shoots throughout Venice and during field trips, including La Casa dei Tre Oci on the island of Giudecca, and instruct students in Photoshop, Camera Raw, and other editing programs. Students will be encouraged to combine an artist’s eye with their technical knowledge to create photographic records about a city that has been “written on water.” The goal will be to develop each student’s personal vision, a consciousness of photography as a language, and to create portfolios of the highest quality.

Art historian Paola Nicolin will guide students to Biennale sites and Venice museums and foundations (Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, both part of the Pinault Foundation, the Prada Foundation, and the Querini Stampalia Foundation). In addition to learning about the history of the Venice Biennale, students will visit exhibitions at the Biennale’s Central Pavilion, Arsenale (dockyard), Giardini (gardens), and National Pavilions, as well as exhibitions held at external venues in characteristic Venetian palaces and churches throughout the city.