November 2011, Volume 15, Number 5

Cultural Spotlight

NWSA Students Savor High Art in Europe

For 20 seniors of New World School of the Arts’ Visual Arts program, going to Venice, Italy, and Berlin this past summer was not merely an unsurpassable travel opportunity; it was an eye-opening entrée into the international art scene.

The voyage to Europe was spearheaded by Rosa de la Cruz, one of Miami’s most prominent art collectors and philanthropists, who not only helped to fund the trip by matching John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant funds; she also met the students in Venice and personally gave them the grand tour.

In addition to its innate Renaissance splendor, Venice also was in the midst of the Venice Biennale, one of the world’s most important curated art festivals. The students went on to spend another five days in Berlin, where they were able to tour all of the city’s major museums and visit the studio of artist Jonathan Meese, getting an insider’s glimpse into the art-making process of a professional artist.

“It was eye-opening to see so much art that I had previously only seen in books,” said painter Nicole Burko, one of the students who attended the trip. “To actually see it in person was amazing. The trip was life changing.”

— MR

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