HA&D Students Featured in Pratt in Venice Exhibition

Several History of Art & Design Students participated in Pratt in Venice’s annual exhibition of student work and had works of art they created while abroad on display in October. History of Art & Design students also have their Materials & Techniques research on display all year in East Hall.

Here is a preview of some of their work (click for larger photos).

The Venice Printmaking Class portfolio included work by HA&D graduate students Annaliese Soden and Clara Wanatirta

Research Posters by the Venice Materials and Techniques Class

Photography from HA&D undergraduate Andrew Kurczak, whose work was also sold in support of the Scholarship Fund

HA&D graduate student Clara Wanatirta art was featured, and was sold in the silent auction to support the Pratt in Venice Scholarship Fund

HA&D graduate students and Venice alums Alex Watkins and Christina Manzella enjoying the art at the Exhibition’s opening reception

Pratt in Venice on CBS!

This past summer, Pratt in Venice students were filmed for a CBS segment on American students studying in Venice during the Biennale. CBS met a group of Pratt students at the Arsenale exhibition space, and followed the group while they explored the exhibits.  Additionally, the reporter conducted interviews with some of the students. It was shown on the air Sunday, November 27th. To see the full clip, click here!

Art History Graduate Students Aurelia Moser, Jessica Kloville and Alex Watkins were interviewed by the CBS reporter.


Pratt in Venice 2011

Pratt in Venice 2011

Diana Gisolfi, Director

2011 was a special year for Pratt in Venice.  The group of participants comprised 21 students, balanced equally between graduate and undergraduate, including degree candidates in painting, printmaking, art history, library science, illustration, art direction, and various combined degrees.

The printmaking studio at the Scuola di Grafica was active overtime with highly determined printmakers tirelessly guided by Jennifer Melby. Chris Wright and his painters labored outdoors and in the Universita` dell’Arte studio, producing a wide range of responses to the experience. Art history students tromped and floated around the city studying the visual arts in situ with Dimitri Hazzikostas, while in Materials and Techniques students were admitted, through the help of Diana Gisolfi’s Venetian associates, to conservation laboratories and sites to learn about ways of making and salvaging art. Visiting lecturers included Tracy Cooper on Palladio, Paolo Spezzani on non-destructive analysis of art works, Robert Morgan’s view of the Biennale, and Stefania Sartori on wood conservation.

In addition to our traditional visits to Padua and to Castelfranco/Maser/Bassano, including architect Antonio Stevan’s lecture at the Giotto Chapel and an outdoor feast at Bassano, there were two unique happenings. The publicity office at Pratt contacted the program to ask if CBS could film some of our students viewing the Biennale. As Hilary Thompson, our wonderfully organized on-site assistant, had already organized the visit to the Giardini part of the Biennale, we set up a visit to the Arsenale part, with CBS in tow. Some segment of the filming should appear on CBS Sunday Morning very soon! The other unique event was in relation to conservation of the church of San Sebastiano, decorated by Paolo Veronese. Materials and Techniques students visited the exhibition of the three ceiling canvases, just cleaned, at the Palazzo Grimani, and they later were able to mount the scaffold in the church with the superintendent of the project, Dr. Amalia Basso as guide, to see up close all the varied painting techniques used by Veronese and his helpers.

Our Pratt in Venice exhibition on campus October 17-22 in the Second Floor Gallery reflects the richness of the program in the range and high quality of work exhibited. The conservation research and on-site photographs shown in the display cases outside the gallery remain on view throughout the year.

Ryan Jones, Undergraduate Print Making

When I studied in Venice in the summer of 2011, it was my first time traveling outside of the United States. I was surprised at how easy it was to navigate the city and interact with the locals. Venice may be small, but it has so many different ways to get around that I never saw the same thing twice. Around any corner would be a new church or campo that begged to be explored. The apartment I lived in for the six weeks was incredible.

It comfortably housed three people and we had a view of our own personal canal. On a daily basis gondoliers would float by our window singing and playing accordions for the visitors.

I studied art history and printmaking during the six weeks. Of course I was impressed, if not overstimulated, to draw and paint the City of Water, but more importantly, my understanding of art history as been completely revolutionized. There was no sitting in a classroom and being lectured about artwork via Powerpoint. We went to the sites and discussed the artworks and architecture first hand. You could take pictures if you would be so inclined, but looking back on them would not come close to the initial experience. The colors used in the paintings or the overwhelming sense of space in the churches could not be imitated in any form. To experience that awe again would only be possible on site. And I would go back as soon as possible to experience it all over again.

Christina Manzella, Graduate Art History & Library Science Student

I knew from before I was accepted into Pratt that I wanted to participate in the Pratt in Venice program. First, it’s always better to experience art in situ. I’m a contemporary art person, which was a major factor in my choosing a school in NYC to study art history. Why wouldn’t I want to go to Europe to study Renaissance and Baroque art? Second, I’m a contemporary art person, so that Renaissance/Baroque distribution requirement was a bit daunting. I knew that fulfilling that class in Venice would be more fun. What I found out was that going to Pratt in Venice was also the best way for me to actually learn about that portion of art’s history. Taking the two art history courses offered meant a minimal amount of time in the classroom. The majority of our class meetings were field trips, and, when we were in the classroom, we had quite a few guest lecturers. This ‘hands-on’ approach was so engaging and ideal for learning about an area in which I thought I had little interest. Thanks to the program, I also learned that I’m really interested in architecture.

The benefits of participating in one of Pratt’s most established study abroad programs were evident in the art history classes. The benefits of going to a city with faculty who have been year after year became evident in our group outings and free time. Thanks to them, we found out which islands to visit, which areas to go shopping, and at which restaurants to eat. And, though I won’t divulge any of the surprises, there are some amazing group events. Finally, the Festa Redentore is not to be missed. It’s one of the best reasons to go to Venice during July. Do not miss this night!

Pratt in Venice Exhibition

Come see student artwork at the Pratt in Venice Exhibition!

The 2011 Pratt in Venice Exhibition features student work from the past summer of Pratt’s long running study abroad program in Italy. Both undergraduate and graduate students produced photographs, paintings, prints, and drawings while living abroad.  The students spent six weeks exploring the art and culture of Venice, and the exhibition will be a chance for them to showcase their creativity influenced by this unique City of Water.  Additionally, research conducted by Pratt art history students will be showcased in a poster display.

The artworks, inspired by the beautiful city of Venice,  will be shown in the 2nd Floor East Hall Gallery on Pratt’s Campus.

The Pratt in Venice Exhibition will run from Tuesday Oct 18 to Sunday Oct 23, from 9-5 daily, with an opening reception on Monday, Oct 17 from 5-7pm with food and drink provided!

In addition to seeing the show, you’ll have a chance to purchase some of these amazing original artworks via a silent auction conducted during the exhibition to raise money for Pratt in Venice’s scholarship program.

Students in Bassano sketching the Dolomite foothills.

Working in the Printing Studio.

Save the Date: Pratt in Venice Exhibition

The 2011 Pratt in Venice Exhibition features student work from last summer’s long running study abroad program in Italy.  The students spent six weeks exploring the art and culture of Venice, and the exhibition will be a chance for them to showcase their creativity influenced by this unique City of Water.

The Pratt in Venice Exhibition will run from Tuesday Oct 18 to Sunday Oct 23, from 9-5 daily, with an opening reception on Monday, Oct 17 from 5-7pm with food and drink provided!


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