NWSA college graduates to visit Venice and Berlin

By Maria M. Flores….

Twenty New World School of the Arts (BFA 2011) grads will embark soon on a two-week journey through Europe.

Twenty visual artists who recently graduated from the college program at New World School of the Arts (BFA 2011) will embark soon on a two-week journey through Europe to explore new avenues by which to express their art.

Spearheaded by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the students will be accompanied by the NWSA dean of visual arts, Maggy Cuesta, and faculty member Fred Snitzer.

The group of students will have the invaluable experience of attending the Venice Biennale in Italy and travel later to Berlin. In both cities the students will have the opportunity to visit museums, galleries, artists’ studios and private collections.

“This is the second year of this travel program. Last year our senior class visited Berlin,” Cuesta said. “These international trips enhance the perspectives of our art students and encourage them to establish a dialogue with international artists and museum curators.

“These experiences will inevitably change their lives. This is the best way to create awareness of the role that art plays in the growth and development of different societies,” Cuesta added. “When they return to our city, many will bring with them new ideas and perhaps innovative techniques; they will all return reinvigorated, inspired, and eager to make a difference in our community.”

The NWSA group will travel to Italy on June 17. They will stay six days in Venice visiting historical sites like the Palazzo Ducale in Piazza San Marco, La Fenice Opera House and Gallerie del’ Accademia. The students also will have the opportunity to visit the world recognized Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Francois Pinault Collection.

An important highlight in the Venice trip will be a visit to the 54th Venice Biennale housed in the historical Pavilions of the Giardini, in the Arsenale and other locations around the city.

Arriving in Berlin the evening of June 23, the NWSA group will spend a week visiting historical museums and sites in the area of Mitte. They also will visit the prominent Boros Art Collection and Hoffmann Art Collection.

Like last year, the Berlin galleries, Contemporary Fine Arts and Peres Projects will welcome the students to their spaces and will have a private studio visit with artist Jonathan Meese. Other generous supporters that made this initiative possible are Diane and Robert Moss, Braman Family Foundation, Carole and Fred Guest, and American Express.

More information about this program is available at 305-237-3620 or online at www.nwsa.mdc.edu.

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