SACI’s Venice Biennale Program Summer 2017 accepting applications through May 15, 2017

Photo by Julia Buschman (SACI '16)

Photo by Julia Buschman (SACI ’16)


Each Summer term 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). This unique 6-credit program (also open to non-credit students) will enable students to tour the numerous Biennale exhibitions.

SACI students on the Venice Summer Program

SACI students on the Venice Summer Program

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 Art 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. In addition to visits to galleries and museums featuring contemporary and historic art, the Summer 2017 program also includes 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 investigate both the old and the new. In Rovereto, they 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 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 students on the Venice Summer Program

SACI students on the Venice Summer Program

Curator and theorist Marco Baravalle will guide students to exhibitions at the Biennale’s Central Pavilion, the Arsenale (dockyard), the Giardini (gardens), and the National Pavilions, as well as to collateral Biennale events, independent art galleries, and Venice museums and foundations. In addition to learning about the history of the Venice Biennale, students will learn about the social and economic impact of the exhibition on the city of Venice.

On-Site Program Director Jacopo Santini leads students on photo shoots throughout Venice and during field trips, including La Casa dei Tre Oci on the island of Giudecca, and instructs students in Photoshop, Camera Raw, and other editing programs. Students are 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 is to develop each student’s personal vision, a consciousness of photography as a language, and to create portfolios of the highest quality.

SACI Venice Biennale Program - Summer 2017

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

Contemporary Art: Biennale & Beyond with Marco Baravalle
Digital Photography with Jacopo Santini


Application deadline: May 15, 2017
Apply Now!
For additional information contact:

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!

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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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