Pratt in Venice

Pratt in Venice Exhibition on October 24th


The Pratt in Venice office is excited to announce our upcoming exhibition! The exhibition features paintings, prints, drawings, and art historical research by Pratt in Venice 2016 participants created during their time participating in our summer program. The show is curated by Pratt in Venice instructors Jennifer Melby and Chris Wright and will feature work by Marshall Bone, Rosa Booth, Samantha Busiello, Emily Edson, Yawen Hu, Chen An Huang, Greta Kroessler, Michelle Marshall, Sarah Maysonet, Ariel Miles, Lauren Smith, Elizabeth Spearman, Annabelle Tracy, Celeste Tsang, Saebra Waterstraut, Xinyi Zhang, and Sofia Zu’bi.

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Opening reception is on Monday, October 24, 2016, 5-7 PM.
The exhibition will run from October 24 – October 28, and is open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9-5 PM
East Hall, Second Floor Gallery

Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11205

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Tuesday 1:30-5:00
Wednesday 12:30-4.30
Thursday 1:30-4:30
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31st Annual Pratt in Venice Exhibition


All students are invited to attend the opening reception of the 31st annual Pratt in Venice Exhibition, featuring  work from this year’s participants and curated by studio faculty Grayson Cox and Greg Drasler. The show will open Monday, November 2nd, and run all week through Friday.

Opening reception:
Monday, November 2nd, 5-7pm
Pratt Institute
200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn
East Hall, 2nd Floor Gallery
There will be refreshments, a slideshow of photos from this year’s program, a silent auction for the works to benefit the scholarship fund, and a chance to meet and mingle with alumni.
We hope to see you all there!

30th Annual Pratt in Venice Exhibition on November 17th

We are very excited to invite you to the 30th Annual Pratt in Venice Exhibition!   Please join us to celebrate with refreshments, a video and a power-point from this year’s program, and a silent auction of select works to benefit the Pratt in Venice Scholarship Fund.  This year’s show features paintings, prints, drawings, journals, and research projects created during the 2014 Pratt in Venice program.

The exhibition opens on Monday, November 17th with a reception from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in East Hall’s Second Floor Gallery on the Pratt Brooklyn campus.  The exhibition will be open 9:00am to 5:00pm through November 21th.

We are also pleased to announce that we are developing an improved website designed by Joseph Kopta, Pratt in Venice 2007 alum who will teach Art History in Venice this summer.  Stay tuned for our official launch!

We hope to see you at the opening!

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Pratt in Venice Exhibition 2013

We are very excited to invite you to the 29th annual exhibition. As in past years, the exhibition showcases the work of this summer’s Pratt in Venice program, featuring works in painting and printmaking as well as research projects done by current Pratt students.

The exhibition opens Monday, November 4th, and runs all week until November 8th in East Hall’s Second Floor Gallery on the Pratt Brooklyn campus. We will be having an opening party November 4th from 5-7 pm with refreshments, a slideshow of photos from this year’s program, a silent auction for the works to benefit the scholarship fund, and a chance to meet and mingle with alumni.

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Pratt in Venice 2012 Exhibition a Success!

This year’s annual Pratt in Venice exhibition ran from October 15th to the 19th and including an opening on October 15th. The show chronicled our six week visit to Venice, and the output of the fine arts and art history students who attended the program. Visitors to the exhibition were invited to bid on the many pieces that were entered into our Silent Auction, a yearly event that supports the Pratt in Venice scholarship fund. There was also a slideshow of photos compiled from students personal memories of their trip, a sketchbook filled with lovely small watercolors, Italian themed snacks and a wide variety of work to admire. Highlights from the show include current junior Max Tovar’s detailed etchings that sold like hotcakes, junior Kaitlin Mazzei’s large oil canvases of realistically rendered scenes from every day Venetian life, and junior Melina DiMarco’s hazy, nearly abstract oils of Venice’s canals and natural features. All in all, the exhibition was a great success, and gave our students a chance to showcase their work to their friends, families and faculty, reminding the larger Pratt community of the great opportunity afforded by this program. While the exhibition has now closed, many of the works are still available for view (and purchase!) in Pratt in Venice’s office, East Hall Room 202. Contact or stop by during office hours to check them out!




Pratt in Venice 2012

Diana Gisolfi, Director

Pratt in Venice 2012 was a highly productive year with lots of student collaboration and many memorable occasions. Nineteen participants included upperclassmen and graduate students from Art History, Fine Arts, Interior Design, and Architecture.  A student from the University of Delaware and two students from Munsen-Proctor (one on her way to Pratt, the other moving on to Maryland) joined the group. Alumnus Joe Kopta joined as chief assistant and Venice alumnus Andrew Kurczak continued as communicator extraordinaire. Students Kelly Davis, Regina Dubin, Collin Hewitt and Hannah West served as course assistants.


Dorothy Shepard, with Joe and colleagues Jennifer and Chris, led the trip to Torcello and the visit to San Marco. All faculty contributed in group visits to the Accademia and the Doges Palace led by Diana. Visiting lecturer Tracy Cooper shared her expertise on Palladio at San Giorgio Maggiore and the Redentore.  Materials and Techniques visits to the San Marco mosaic lab, the Orsoni factory, and wood conservation studio with Stefania Sartori were followed by a very special opportunity to mount the scaffold at the church of San Sebastiano in Venice to study, with the help of the conservators Lucia Tito and Egido Arlango , the great range of painting techniques employed by Veronese and his assistants. A special event in the art history class was the lecture by alumna Gaia Halpern in the exhibition of early maps at the Marciana Library. The lecture to the whole group by expert Paolo Spezzani on paintings in Venice and Padua studied under X-ray, infrared and ultraviolet shed light on the group trip to Padua and prepared students to understand examples to be seen on the trip to Castelfranco, Maser and Bassano. In Padua, Antonio Stevan, conservation architect, again generously hosted our early morning extended visit to the Scrovegni Chapel with Giotto’s frescoes. At Bassano all enjoyed a delicious meal al fresco prepared by Luisa and Gigi with all fresh local ingredients before seeking perches from which to sketch, paint or etch the countryside.

Jennifer Melby’s printmaking students working long hours at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica and Chris Wright’s painters working at the Universita Internazionale dell’Arte and on site produced a wonderful range of work, admired by all participants in the final critique before our “Last Supper” held at Gianni’s on the Zattere after the weekend celebration of the Festa del Redentore accompanied by ceremonies, church bells, boat races and fabulous fireworks.




Kelly Davis

Graduate Art History/Library Science Student

Before the Pratt in Venice program, I had been to parts of Italy to study art, but this was my first visit to the Veneto and Venice. Immediately upon arriving on the first day, stepping out of the train station and crossing Piazza le Roma to board my first vaporetto, I knew this experience would be unlike any other. Venice is a place that boggles the mind. As I sat on the waterbus, traveling around the western edge of the city and through the Guidecca canal, dazed and overloaded by sensory experience, all I could think was, “Is this real?” After completing the program and having the unrivaled experience of six weeks in those fairytale surroundings, I was no longer asking if it was real, but instead had decided nothing else was real but canals and the sunlight dancing on water.

It’s not just the incredible beauty of Venice that seduces us, but its history, art and architecture that makes this experience not to be missed. The onsite visits to locations within the city (some famous, like Piazza San Marco, some lesser known, like the Tiepolos of the Scuolo dei Carmini), allowed us all to experience living art history in a way that can only be achieved by standing in front of an altarpiece, in situ, and examining its location within the larger architecture of the church, or viewing Veronese’s stunning ceiling paintings in San Sebastiano and discussing conservation efforts. Visits to locations within the Veneto gave us unprecedented access to Giotto’s seminal frescoes in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, a particularly special experience for me as an art historian, and a beautiful day spent traveling to Castelfranco, Villa Maser and Bassano del Grappa, tracking down Giorgione and enjoying a delightful afternoon in the foothills of the Alps.

These experiences were not only valid for me as an art historian, but also allowed me to nurture my blossoming interest in creating art. The printmaking class at the Scuola Grafica in the Cannareggio sestiere (neighborhood) of Venice quickly became a chance for me to express through art the overwhelming delight I felt at being in such a special place. And while I was simply a novice, it was inspiring to see my fellow students’ art during their time in Italy. What better place to be inspired by art and color than Venice?

I would recommend this program to any student interested in expanding his or her knowledge of art, or those looking for inspiration outside of their usual surroundings. I believe every student can benefit from this program, some in more obvious ways than others, but all growing and changing as part of the experience. The effects of Venice are long term- maybe one day you’ll notice your designs have started incorporating those particular Venetian pointed windows, or on a hot day in New York, you’ll find yourself longing for Venice’s shady narrow streets. No matter how it affects you, it certainly will, and I can promise the program will be one you never forget.



Pratt in Venice Applications and Scholarships

Pratt in Venice is currently receiving applications for the 2012 program. Please stop by East Hall 250 B to pick up a form or use the brochure you received in the mail. The internal deadline is Feb 10.

For scholarship/assistantship applications, pick up the forms outside the Venice office (East Hall 250B). There are five assistantships, one for each class and one to help with communication on site.

There is a special scholarship funded by the Kress Foundation for two graduate students in our program who will study Materials and Techniques of Venetian art (HA600I) in the 2012 summer program. Each is $1000.

For more information, stop by East Hall 250B during the following hours:

M 10:30AM-4PM
T 11:30AM-5PM
W noon – 1PM
TH 11AM-1PM, 4-5PM
F noon-4PM

Also feel free to email,, or call 718 636-3600 ext 2300. The Venice assistants, Alex and Andrew, both participated in the program in 2011 and can answer many questions.

Would You Like to Study in Venice This Summer?

Pratt in Venice will have its first informational meeting for interested students on February 1st !

Need Art History or Studio credits? Want to spend your summer in the city of water looking at art? Pratt in Venice is holding its first informational meeting on Wednesday, February 1st at 12:30 in Main 230. This is a great chance to find out more about the program, meet the professors, and other specifics such as application procedures and dates. The program is running for its 28th year, and has a distinguished reputation among study abroad programs at Pratt. Keep a look out for flyers around campus and feel free to stop by the Pratt in Venice office in room 250B to pick up a brochure and applications.

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

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