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Venice, Italy

Program Details

The program will consist of daily group studio work sessions, visits to art-historical sites throughout the city and beyond, including a day-trip to Padua: where students will see the work of Giotto and his frescoes in the Arena Chapel. Extensive time will be spent at the Venice Biennale, one of the premiere exhibitions of contemporary art from around the world. As host city for the Biennale, Venice is a unique resource for students of art, providing access to historical art of the highest importance. The opportunity to study art and art-history in an immersive program with creating a portfolio of work, and in a dynamic city of historic and contemporary import to enhance and sharpen the educational experience.


  • Student participants can be of any age group, as long as they are willing and able to meet the moderate physical demands of traversing extensively as part of the program. Students must also be willing to share apartment accommodations with several other students.


  • Venice, Italy

Program Dates:

June 11, 2019 – July 2, 2019


Cost: $3,700.00

Deposit: $500

Payment Schedule:

Jan. 6, 2019 - $440
Feb. 3, 2019 - $440
March 3, 2019 - $440
April 7, 2019 - $440
May 5, 2019 - $442* - Final payment

Pay deposit and all payments to the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning in person or pay over the phone with a credit card at (801) 626-6600. Please, do not pay on campus, all payments need to be made at the Hurst Center.


The program will span three full weeks in Italy, with travel days additional at beginning and end. Plan attending all Orientation sessions starting in Spring 2019. Please contact Matthew Choberka or Joshua Winegar for details on the Itinerary.

Academic Courses

  • ART 3800 (3): Travel-study Studio: Venice, the City as Studio
  • ARTH 3850 (4): Travel-study Art History: Contemporary Art at the 58th Venice Biennale 2019

Program Directors

Matthew Choberka, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts, will co-teach the studio and contemporary art components of this program, planning and leading program sessions throughout the city and on excursions. He originated the Art in Italy: Venice program for WSU in 2007, and has taught studio courses from the introductory to the advanced collegiate levels at both Weber State and Indiana University. Having taught students in Italy previously, with a working knowledge of the logistics of such a program, Matthew will serve as Program Director

Joshua Winegar, Assistant Professor of Visual Art, will co-teach the studio and contemporary art components of the program, also planning and leading program sessions.

Trip Cancellations

If the trip is canceled, all participants will be refunded. Any refunds for withdrawals from the program will be determined by the Study Abroad Director according to the recoverability of incurred costs and fees and according to the Continuing Education Policy. Once the group leaves all costs are non-refundable in their entirety. Dates & process may change. It is the student's responsibility to be aware of any such changes by staying in contact with the program director.

Any questions feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office at (801) 626-8155 or by calling the Continuing Education Office at (801) 626-6600.