Venice, Italy – Summer 2018

July 6 – July 31, 2018

For this three-week workshop, participants will be in residence at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy with instructor Kasey Ramirez.

Venice is the perfect laboratory for artistic research. We will use the exhibitions of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, Punta Della Dogana and Palazzo Grassi, and Peggy Guggenheim Collection as a starting point for in-depth discussion of contemporary art and design theory and practice. 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 current topics in contemporary art and design practice.

While in residence at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica participants will also have the opportunity to use the Scuola’s studios (painting, etching, relief printmaking, and drawing).

Classes will consist of a combination of site visits, field work, technical demonstration, discussions and critiques. 

Your program fee will cover:

  • Instruction
  • Entrance to museums and Venice Biennale Architettura 2018
  • Access to the Scuola studios and some art materials
  • A transit pass for the vaparetti so you can travel in Venice at a reduced rate
  • Welcome and farewell dinners


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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 2018 the exhibition is curated by Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. With the title FREE SPACE the exhibition focuses on the question of space, the quality of space, open and free space.

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 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

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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 three week residency.

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Participants are accepted based on the content of their application.

How to Apply: Applications are available here and close May 1, 2018.

Applications will consist of:

Biographical information, contact information for two professional references, statement of intent, and work sample (images or writing or proposal of work to be completed) and a deposit of $250. Please make your deposit to the program via this site when you submit your application.

The total program fee is $3,900

Your program fee will cover:

  • Instruction
  • Entrance to  2018 Venice Biennale Architettura
  • Entrance to museums
  • Access to the Scuola studios and some art materials
  • A transit pass for the vaparetto so you can travel in Venice at a reduced rate
  • Welcome and farewell dinners

Not included in your program fee:

  • Airfare to Venice
  • Housing – Where to stay in Venice
  • Additional meals
  • Passports
  • Individual vaparetto tickets
  • Personal expenses
  • Pre or Post program travel
  • Additional studio materials

A deposit of $250 is required with your application. If you are accepted your deposit will be applied to your remaining fee. If you are not accepted your deposit will be refunded in full.

Half of the remaining fee ($1825) will be due upon acceptance to the program – by May 15, 2018 – to secure your enrollment. Final payment in full is due June 15, 2018.


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2018 program instructor Kasey Ramirez grew up at the edge of the pine barrens in Jackson, New Jersey. Her prints and drawings explore the tension between stability and impermanence, rendered within vulnerable architectural structures placed in environmental extremes.

 An instructor of foundations and printmaking at the University of Arkansas, Ramirez received an MFA in Printmaking from Indiana University and a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. She has traveled extensively in Italy and spent 2006-07 in Rome, Italy on RISD’s European Honors Program, where she made on-site drawings and studied Italian art and architecture.

Her award-winning work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the International Print Center New York, the Tarble Arts Center in Charleston, IL, the Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster, NJ, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA, Manifest Creative Research Gallery in Cincinnati, OH, El Minia University Gallery in Egypt, and the Palazetto Cenci in Rome, Italy.