Venice, Italy – Summer 2020

May 18 – June 18, 2020

Venice is the perfect laboratory for artistic research and exploration. Students will learn basic printmaking techniques in this center of print and book arts history and we will use the exhibitions of the 2020 Venice Architecture Biennale, Punta Della Dogana, Palazzo Grassi, and Peggy Guggenheim Collection as a starting point for in-depth discussions of contemporary art and design.

Students will be in residence at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy with professors Kathy Puzey and Amanda Lee. Founded in 1969, the Scuola is the premier international studio in Venice for practicing and professional artists and designers. Students will have access to the Scuola’s studios for painting (non-oil media), etching, relief printmaking, drawing, and book arts and have the opportunity to work side by side with international artists and students.

As a group we will be visiting sites in Venice that add to our understanding of contemporary art and design. For example, the Biennale Architettura, unique among major contemporary art events, is not a commercial art fair but rather a massive multinational exhibition. In addition to the Biennale we will be visiting related satellite exhibitions and venerated organizations in Venice.

This course has the dual intent of acting as a guided international artist’s residency and as a workshop that will deepen students’ knowledge and comprehension of print media, and current topics in contemporary art practice. Classes will consist of a combination of site visits, field work, technical demonstration, discussions and critiques.

Academics/Credit: Students will take ART 4920: Independent Projects — Printmaking (tentative), for 6 credits.

Requirements: The program requires sitting for a long period of time, including flight time. Students will be walking approximately 3 miles a day. The program requires walking up and down steps, and walking for long periods of time on stone pavers. Students will be asked to stand for a long period of time in museums and ride on boats that are sometimes very crowded. Classes include using small tools, grasping, holding. If you need accommodations, contact the Disability Resource Center at drc@usu.edu. Acceptance to the program is subject to program leader approval.

Orientation: A Study Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation and corresponding Canvas course (a prerequisite for the study abroad program) will be held in spring 2020. Other program specific meetings will be arranged by the program leader.

Leader(s): Amanda Lee, Assistant Professor, amanda.lee@usu.edu and Kathy Puzey, Associate Professor and Department Head, kathy.puzey@usu.edu.

 

Panel 1

THE ART

As a group we will be visiting sites in Venice that add to our understanding of contemporary art and design.

Our main focus will be the Biennale Architettura, unique among major contemporary art events it is not a commercial art fair but rather, a massive multinational exhibition.

In 2020 the show is curated by architect and scholar Hashim Sarkis.

Hashim Sarkis titled the 17th International Architecture Exhibition How will we live together? and explained his decision as follows:

We need a new spatial contract. In the context of widening political divides and growing economic inequalities, we call on architects to imagine spaces in which we can generously live togethertogether as human beings who, despite our increasing individuality, yearn to connect with one another and with other species across digital and real space; together as new households looking for more diverse and dignified spaces for inhabitation; together as emerging communities that demand equity, inclusion and spatial identity; together across political borders to imagine new geographies of association; and together as a planet facing crises that require global action for us to continue living at all.

The architects invited to participate in Biennale Architettura 2020 are encouraged to engage other professions and constituencies—artists, builders, and craftspeople, but also politicians, journalists, social scientists, and everyday citizens. In effect, Biennale Architettura 2020 asserts the overlooked role of the architect as both cordial convener and custodian of the spatial contract.

In parallel, Biennale Architettura 2020 also maintains that it is in its material, spatial, and cultural specificity that architecture inspires the ways we live together. In that respect, we ask the participants to highlight those aspects of the main theme that are uniquely architectural.

The curators of the national participations are called upon to address one or more of the sub-themes of the Exhibition. The need for more inclusive social housing and equipment or for more connective urban and territorial tissue remains as pressing in emerging economies as in advanced ones.

The year 2020 has often been referred to as a milestone on the path to a better future. Many nations and cities have devised a ‘Vision 2020.’ The year is upon us. We look to the collective architectural imagination to meet this momentous occasion with creativity and courage.

In addition to the Biennale we will be visiting related satellite exhibitions and venerate organizations in Venice.

Your admission to the majority of sites will be paid via your program fee at a reduced group rate: Biennale sites, Punta Della Dogana, Palazzo Grassi, Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

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THE SCUOLA

 

 

The Scuola Internazionale di Grafica di Venezia was founded in 1969. It is the premier international studio in Venice for practicing and professional artists and designers.

Participants will have access to the Scuola’s studios for painting (non-oil media), etching, relief printmaking, drawing, and book arts and have the opportunity to work side by side with international artists and students

Panel 3

THE CITY

 

What can we say?

Founded in 421 (ish) the Venetian Republic didn’t join the Kingdom of Italy until 1866… almost 100 years after America became America… so Venice is fierce; fiercely independent, individual, accepting, and lasting.

It’s only after you get past the first impressions and first moments…when you see the place over time.. that you begin to understand its true beauty.

That is what we hope to offer you during your four week residency.

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THE DETAILS

Dates: May 18-June 18, 2020

Academics/Credit: Students will take ART 4920: Independent Projects — Printmaking (tentative), for 6 credits.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 11/15/2019 Rolling admission 05/18/2020 06/18/2020
Information sheet
Housing Apartment (shared), Hostel, Hotel
Recommended GPA 2.5
Area of Study Art, Print Making
Minimum age 18
Language of Instruction English
Program Group Faculty Led

Program Costs: 

  • Tuition  (see 1, 2, 3 below; use current Tuition & Fees table for tuition rates. If tuition for the semester you plan to study abroad is not yet available, budget the current amount of tuition + 5% estimated increase)
  • Program fee ($2,100)
  • International travel insurance ($3 per day)
 Tuition rates are based on Logan campus tuition, though students from all campuses are encouraged to participate. All non-resident students (including international students) pay resident tuition rates during the summer semester.
2  Non-study abroad courses taken in the same semester will be charged separately in addition to the plateau tuition.
3  Tuition for faculty-led programs is nonrefundable. If you plan to use financial aid and subsequently withdraw from the program, your financial aid may also be withdrawn.

Included: Housing in shared accommodations (Students will be housed together in private apartments in traditional Venetian neighborhoods. Rooms will be shared and each apartment will have space for cooking your own meals), 2 group dinners, most course-related transportation, excursions, and most museum entry fees.

Not Included: Application fee ($150, nonrefundable and due upon application), airfare, most meals, some local transportation, and personal and miscellaneous expenses.

Financial Assistance: Students who normally qualify for financial aid, including grants, scholarships and loans, may also apply these awards to study abroad programs. Please see the guidelines for using financial aid during a study abroad program on the USU Financial Aid website and contact a USU financial aid counselor.

Your department may also offer scholarships for this program or study abroad in general; see your faculty leader, academic advisor or department head to find out. For more information on financial considerations and scholarships for study abroad, see the Explore Funding section on our website.

Payment Schedule:  A $500 deposit is due two weeks after acceptance and final payment will be due by December 15th (tentative). Tuition is due according to university deadlines.