Visual Art in Europe

Image of a building in Europe
Visit Amsterdam, Berlin and Venice during this Visual Art summer program.
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands; Berlin, Germany; Venice, Italy
Language of Instruction: English
Term: Summer
Program Type: Faculty-led
Open to non-KU Students: No
Fulfills KU Core 4.2: No
Fulfills KU Core 5: No

This program will be offered in Summer 2022. 

  • This program will focus on current practices in art-making, culture and history in Amsterdam, Berlin and Venice.
  • The program includes visits to museums, galleries, studios, and other historical/cultural sites 
  • Earn 3-6 hours of Visual Art credit

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:

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.

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 hotels and hostels in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Berlin and Venice. Breakfast is included daily.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

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 Cost for Visual Art in Europe

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