November 7, 2012

Pratt in Venice Exhibition

By: Carolyn Osorio , Theory, Criticism and History of Art Undergraduate Student (2013)

The Pratt in Venice Exhibition showcases the works of students done this past summer over the six week program period. In addition to art history students, fine art students in printmaking and painting also make the trip to Italy! By blending history with fine arts, these students get an amazing opportunity to explore Venice and find inspiration for their work!
Rush Hour by Mazzei
Mazzzei’s Rush Hour shows the unique boating transportation apparent in the city of Venice. The artist captures an everyday moment for Italy and transforms it into a fascinating experience for others. The complexity of space carries a lighthearted quality with the inclusion of a rather overheated looking dog. The large scale of this work makes the viewer feel involved with the scene while the unique angle of the point of view further emphasizes that point. Mazzei’s other notable work is titled Good Morning and depicts two women on bikes having a relaxed conversation. The artist seems to capture only a moment of calm in the busy streets of the city while these women share a quick word.
Colin Hewitt’s work, part of Jennifer Melby’s Printmaking program in Venice, features the architectural elements of the beautiful buildings of Venice. From entire structures to the minute details of simple sculptures or facades, Hewitt seems to find inspiration in the intricacies of architecture.
Colin Hewitt
From the windows of Jenkins to the landscapes of Melina DiMarco and Colin Hewitt, the art created by the Pratt in Venice program explores a variety of subject matters that serve to recreate the experience of the bustling Italian city.
Jenkins, Window Series 1-9
Max Tover, Untitled Watecolors
The Pratt in Venice program is a six week summer program that occurs every year during June and July. Students studying painting, drawing, printmaking, and art history have the opportunity to learn the techniques of Venetian art in Venice itself. If you’re interested in the program email venice@pratt.edu.

photos by Carolyn Osori, 2012

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