The Global Education Office and the VCU School of the Arts are pleased to offer an innovative summer study abroad program in Berlin, Germany. Berlin is the premier destination for international visual artists. Its blend of culture, support for the arts, education, space, community activism, and openness to new ideas create an ideal environment for young artists.
Students will work and live in an active studio space with individual 24-hour secured studio access, in addition to working with local artists and gallerists to improve their practice, leading towards a group exhibition in Berlin. Artists visited in the previous year’s program include Bettina Krieg, Lorenzo Sandoval, Ethan Hayes-Chute, Christopher Kline, Mirak Jamal, Melanye Garland, and Dafna Maimon.
Over four weeks, students will be immersed in the diverse, vibrant and essential art community found in Berlin, Germany. Students will share a large studio space in which to explore visual ideas and gain valuable critique from their colleagues and visiting artists living in Berlin. Days will be split between studio time and exploring the city both as a group and independently. Visiting museums, galleries, and artist studios will enhance the dynamism of the contemporary art scene in Berlin. Local artists will be brought in on a biweekly basis both for lectures and to provide critique to the students work in the studio. Along with the work created in the studio, students will maintain a record of their experience as a working artist in Berlin, of which photographic documentation of the city will play a crucial component. Although a digital camera will be required for the course as an exploratory tool in the City, any medium is acceptable in the studio. Students will gain the knowledge and experience of maintaining a rigorous practice in a thriving contemporary art community.
Matthew Warren currently works and teaches in the Department of Photography and Film at VCU. Previous to that he ran the Center for Digital Print Media in the department of Painting and Printmaking. Recipient of the 2013 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, he has exhibited nationally in Seattle, Washington and North Adams, Massachusetts as well as locally in several galleries around Richmond, Virginia. He received his BFA in Film and Electronic Arts from Bard College and his MFA from VCU.
More info at VCU-FL-Summer: Berlin | City and Studio