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June 7 – 17, 2019
Enrollment Limit: 8 participants

Print Studio of the Scoula di Grafica

Print Studio of the Scoula di Grafica

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A $200 discount if you register with a deposit by February 1.

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The Kalamazoo Book Arts Center presents a travel study program to Italy with the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione in Cornuda (Treviso).

Venice, Italy, has been a center for printing since the introduction of movable type in the 15th century, when printers like Nicholas Jenson and Aldus Manutius set up presses and began publishing books. This tradition continues today with creative printers, book designers, and graphic artists. On this trip to Venice we will explore this rich history, visit museums and libraries, and work in professional studios to create individual prints and a collaborative book. The program welcomes every level of experience, with introductory instruction in all printing processes.

Vineyard in Cornuda

Vineyard in Cornuda

Antique Presses at Tipoteca

Antique Presses at Tipoteca

The Program 

Our trip will begin in Venice, where participants will work in the studio of the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, a design school and studio located near the Grand Canal that for 50 years has specialized in printmaking and artist’s books. Here we will work in the studio to create drypoint and monoprint images for inclusion in our book project. While in Venice we will visit the library of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini to see a collection of early Venetian printed books by Jenson, Manutius, and others. We will also travel one afternoon to Treviso to see the Museo Nazionale Collezione Salce, a museum that specializes in printed lithographic posters.

The 58th International Venice Art Biennale will open in Venice in May of 2019. The Venice Biennale is the oldest international contemporary art fair, held every two years in the Giardini of Venice since its founding in 1895. The title for this year’s Biennale is May You Live in Interesting Times. A day to explore the Biennale will be included in the itinerary.

After printing the images at the studio in Venice we will carry the pages to Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione to print the text. Tipoteca is a letterpress museum in Cornuda, north of Venice in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains, far from the normal tourist routes. The museum houses a printing studio of historic letterpress equipment and one of the largest collections of movable wood and metal type in the world. At Tipoteca participants will learn to set and print the type, sew the pages together, and each person will complete the trip with a commemorative copy of the book.

From Cornuda the group will return for one night to Mestre, on the mainland side of the Venetian lagoon, nearer to the airport. During the final evening, the group will celebrate with a special dinner in Venice. 

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Program Director

KBAC Executive Director Jeff Abshear was a Fulbright Scholar to Italy in 2007 to study book arts in Venice. He has returned each year to teach workshops and lead university study abroad groups to work in professional printing studios throughout Italy and Northern Europe. He is fluent in Italian and has extensive experience traveling in Italy, with in-depth knowledge of Venice where he has lived and worked many times. Jeff will be an experienced guide and the principle instructor for the program.

Accommodations and Travel

In Venice, participants will stay in several shared apartments with fully equipped kitchens where breakfast and other meals can be prepared. In Cornuda we will stay at Villa Bolzonello, a 16th century villa in the middle of a prosecco wine vineyard, where breakfast will be provided. When we return to Venice (Mestre) we will stay one night at Hotel Villa Costanza, located near the airport shuttle bus for easy departure. All travel will be via public transport including trains, boats, and buses.

Cost: $3,500.00

The program fee of $3,500* includes all workshops and art materials, 10 nights of accommodations (with the bonus of breakfasts in Cornuda), affiliated ground transportation (trains, waterbuses in Venice, airport shuttle), museum entrance fees (including Biennale), and final celebration dinner.

* Price based on double-occupancy (shared room). Single-occupancy requires an additional charge.

Participants will be responsible for covering the cost of round-trip transportation from your home to Venice, meals not listed above, personal expenses, and travel insurance, which we strongly advise purchasing. Travel insurance typically covers cancellations, emergency medical expenses and evacuation, lost or damaged luggage, and other services. 


Reservations, Fee Schedule, and Cancellation Policy

$500 deposit is required by March 1 to reserve a place on the trip. Deposits can be paid by mail, over the phone, or online at the bottom of this page.

Once the program is confirmed, final payment of $3,000 will be due by April 15.

$200 early bird discount will be applied to the final payment if you register by February 1. 

Donor Discounts are not applicable for Book Arts in Venice.

No refunds will be given to participants after they have registered (for deposits or final payments) unless the program is cancelled by the KBAC. In the event of KBAC cancellation participants will receive a full refund.

Note: Participation in this trip requires some physical demands, including navigating the streets and bridges of Venice on foot, hopping on and off boats, and a 20-minute daily walk (with one steep hill!) between Villa Bolzonello and Tipoteca in Cornuda.

The itinerary is subject to minor changes.

If you have any questions contact us at info@kalbookarts.org.

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