SACI’s 2016 VENICE Summer Program: Contemporary Art + Digital Photography, application deadline: May 15, 2016

Venice (photo by Lorenzo Pezzatini)

Venice (photo by Lorenzo Pezzatini)

SACI’s VENICE Summer Program 2016

A Special 4-week Program in Venice, ITALY

Each Summer term Studio Art Centers International (SACI) offers a special 4-week program in Venice, a city renowned for both its traditional art treasures and its celebration of innovative contemporary art. Students visit Venice’s great museums and contemporary art exhibitions while learning the fundamentals of Digital Photography. 

Participants earn 3 studio art credits in Digital Photography and 3 art history credits in Contemporary Art. (Contemporary Art: Biennale and Beyond during the summers when the Venice Art Biennale is in progress; Contemporary Art in Historic Venice, in the alternate years).

In addition to visits to galleries and museums featuring contemporary and historic art, the Summer 2016 program will include visits to sites featured in Venice’s 15th International Architecture Exhibition as well as field trips, at no extra cost, to the lovely islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, and to the nearby cities of Padua, Vicenza, and Rovereto.

On field trips, students will investigate both the old and the new. In Rovereto, they will visit MART, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, designed by architect Mario Botta. In Vicenza, the Teatro Olimpico—the first indoor theater in masonry in the world—constructed by Andrea Palladio between 1580 and 1585. In Padua, they will see the world’s oldest university Botanical Garden founded in 1545, and the Anatomical Theater, built in 1594 by Hieronymus Fabricus, still perfectly preserved.

SACI Contemporary Art: Biennale and Beyond instructor, Richard Ingersoll, with SACI student at the Venice Biennale

SACI Contemporary Art in Historic Venice instructor, Richard Ingersoll, with SACI student at the Venice Biennale

Art and architectural historian Richard Ingersoll will guide students to Venice museums and foundations, including the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, the Pinault Foundation at Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana, the Prada Foundation, and Ca’ Pesaro Galleria dell’Arte Moderna. In addition to visiting the 15th International Architecture Exhibition curated by Alejandro Aravena of Chile, students will visit contemporary art exhibitions in characteristic Venetian palaces and churches throughout the city. 

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.

SACI digital photography student

SACI digital photography student


The program is open to all over the age of 18, including those who wish to enroll in a noncredit capacity. 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), USB flash drive minimum 8GB, and a laptop computer with Photoshop and/or Lightroom. It is highly recommended to bring an external hard disk drive for back-up.


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. Because of the intense nature of the program, students are required to stay in SACI housing in order to facilitate group sessions and movement.


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

Contemporary Art in Historic Venice with Richard Ingersoll
Digital Photography with Jacopo Santini

Participants auditing courses may participate in all Venice events, field trips, and activities. Fees remain the same for non-credit participants.

2016 PROGRAM DATES (4 weeks)
Arrival date—housing opens: June 30
Orientation: July 1-2
Classes begin: July 4
Classes end: July 29
Departure date—housing closes: July 30

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*

Included in the fees above are course-related museum entrances, a vaporetto pass, orientation, welcome and farewell dinners, and support from the on-site program director.

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

Application deadline: May 15, 2016

Most of the world’s great artists have experienced Venice. Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity as a resource for your future!

For more information, see the SACI website or contact

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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 credits: Lorenzo Pezzatini and Jacopo Santini

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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