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Visual Art in Europe

Visual Art in Europe
Visual Art in Europe has been cancelled for Summer 2022. Visit Berlin and Venice during this Visual Art summer program.
Berlin, Germany; Venice, Italy
Language of Instruction: 
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Visual Art
Graduate Courses
Program Type: 
Open to non-KU Students
Faculty Led
  • Visual Art in Europe has been cancelled for Summer 2022.
  • This program will focus on current practices in art-making, culture and history in Berlin and Venice.
  • The program includes visits to museums, galleries, studios, and other historical/cultural sites 
  • Earn 3-6 hours of Visual Art credit
Program Summary: 

Visual Art in Europe participants will focus on art-making, culture, and history through visits to museums, galleries, studios, and other historical/cultural sites in each city.


2022 Program Dates: Visual Art in Europe has been cancelled for Summer 2022.

Depart U.S.:  Thursday, May 19, 2022
Arrive in Berlin: Friday, May 20, 2022
Depart Venice: Monday, June 6, 2022

Berlin, Germany (9 days)
The events of the past have left their mark on the cityscape of Berlin; the city is currently one of the most dynamic cultural centers in the world and students will have the opportunity to experience both “old” and “new”, and “east” and “west” Berlin. We will visit the Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz, and see the remnants of the Berlin Wall. Cultural activities will include visits to the museums on Museum Island (on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites), the Jewish Museum, the New National Gallery, the Holocaust Memorial, and Hamburger Bahnhof (a contemporary art museum). We will tour the Reichstag Building and the Bauhaus-Archives, and visit Potsdam to see Sansoucci, the former summer palace of Frederick the Great. The group may visit Dessau, home of the Bauhaus School and faculty residences from 1925 until 1932.

Venice, Italy (9 days)
We will have the opportunity to view contemporary art from around the world at the 57th Venice Biennale; in addition, we will visit the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, and the Pinault Collection at Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana. Other Venice sites on our itinerary will include the Piazza, Basilica, and Museum of San Marco, the Church of San Giorgio Maggiore, and the Church of Santa Maria della Salute, and others. From Venice the group will make short trips to Murano (world renowned for its glass blowing studios), Burano (a fishing village famous for lace-making and its brightly colored houses), and Padova to see the Scrovegni Chapel (home to a cycle of frescoes by Giotto) and the Cathedral of St. Anthony where there are incredible relics, and much more.
Academic Information: 

Required before the trip will be several one-hour orientations and lectures along with appropriate research projects designed to enhance students’ understandings of sites visited. During the program, attendance at all lectures and planned events will be required. Some free time or optional participation will be offered in each city (day trips are mandatory).

Program Course:

ART 395/595 Study Abroad Topics in: Visual Art in Europe— 3 credit hours (Required)

Students may elect to take ART 395 /595 for additional 3 hours if additional work and projects are completed.


Participants will stay in centrally located hotel and hostel in Berlin and Venice. Breakfast is included daily.


Open to undergraduate or graduate students from any accredited U.S. college or university. Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).

Program Faculty: 

Program Director

Luke Jordan is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Art and a Specialist in Photography at the Spencer Museum of Art; he has taught at the University of Kansas for over twenty-five years years. His work and teaching has ranged from pinhole photography to the digital image; his interests include 19th century photography, contemporary art, soccer, and music. He is also the staff photographer for KU University Theatre and this will be his eleventh summer with the Study Abroad Program.

For more information, contact:

Luke Jordan, Visual Art Lecturer
Department of Visual Art
The University of Kansas
e-mail: lukej@ku.edu


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