SACI announces a new Venice Biennale Program in Contemporary Art + Digital Photography: July 2015

SACI's Venice Biennale Program

A special 4-week SACI program in Venice, Italy

Studio Art Centers International (SACI) is offering a special intensive 6-credit program in Venice, Italy in July 2015. 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.

SACI student at the Venice Biennale

SACI student at the Venice Biennale

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 Richard Ingersoll 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.

SACI students at the Venice Biennale

SACI students at the Venice Biennale

Participants will earn 3 studio art credits in Digital Photography and 3 art history credits in Contemporary Art.

For more information, see the SACI website.

The program is open to all over the age of 18, including those who are not seeking credit. No prior Art History or Photography course work is required. Students should bring with them a digital camera with manual function (preferably a digital-single-lens-reflex camera) and a laptop computer with Photoshop and/or Lightroom.

Participants will be housed just 5 minutes by vaporetto from Piazza San Marco in attractive, fully-equipped, air-conditioned accommodations. Both single and double rooms are available. Each room has its own bathroom and kitchenette. Sheets and towels are provided. There are also a number of communal areas (sitting rooms, a music room, a fitness room, and a terrace). The facilities are serviced with internet, self-service laundry, and vending machines.

Participants taking courses for credit will earn 3 studio art credits in Digital Photography and 3 art history credits in Contemporary Art:

Arrival date—housing opens: June 30
Orientation: July 1-2
Classes begin: July 3
Classes end: July 30
Departure date—housing closes: July 31

Application deadline: April 1, 2015

Every great artist of the last century has participated in the Venice Biennale. Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity as a resource for your future!

For additional information, contact

Tuition: $4,600
Activity Fee: $550

Student Services Fee: $400
Housing Fee: $1,200 (note: 2 students per room; single room supplement is $500)
General Program Deposit: $400*

*The General Program Deposit is refundable after program participation according to guidelines outlined in the SACI Payment, Withdrawal & Refund Policy.

Included in the fees above is an entrance pass to the Venice Biennale, course-related museum entrances, orientation, welcome and farewell dinners, and support from the on-site program directorTuition/fees do not include round-trip international airfare; passport; student visa (when necessary); food; or health insurance (which must be arranged in the USA before arrival).

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Studio Art Centers International
50 Broad Street
Suite 1617
New York, NY 10004-2372, USA
Tel: (212) 248-7225
Fax: (212) 248-7222
Photo credit (Venice header image above): Teolc Eniger
Founded in 1975, Studio Art Centers International (SACI) is a U.S. non-profit 501 c (3) university-level institution in Florence, Italy, offering undergraduate and graduate students fully accredited studio art, design, conservation, and liberal arts instruction. SACI’s study programs include: Academic Year Abroad, Academic Semester Abroad, 2-Year MFA Degree in Photography, 2-Year MFA Degree in Studio Art, 1-Year MA in Art History, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Year Abroad, and Summer Studies.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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