Studio Institute Arts Interns at Venice Biennale

Arts Interns – (Left to Right): John Paul “JP” Peralta, Kel Burchette, Emma Ike, Amberrose Venus-Gordon, Tamara Yakubova, Louis Vaccara, and Haley Kane. (Not in photo: Nanase Shirokawa)

Every summer, college students participating in Studio Institute’s Arts Intern program undertake internships at U.S. cultural institutions. This year, a select group of eight Arts Interns will be headed to Venice for Biennale Arte 2019.

In conjunction with the Martin Puryear: Liberty / Libertà exhibition at Biennale Arte 2019 in Venice, eight Studio Institute Arts Interns will work as gallery liaisons in the U.S. Pavilion this summer and connect with youth living in residential communities at Istituto Santa Maria della Pietà.

The 2019 U.S. Pavilion is commissioned and organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy, which has partnered with Studio Institute to create an original curriculum inspired by Puryear’s work. Thomas Cahill, President of Studio Institute, has collaborated with La Pietà to develop a program for its youth.

Interns will implement the curriculum at the Pavilion, where they will serve as teachers, supporting an understanding of Puryear’s visual vocabulary and key elements in his sculpture. Building upon themes in his work, interns will incorporate lessons on the basic freedoms provided by a civil society.

The program will also serve to enhance La Pietà’s ongoing arts curricula by providing its faculty with new insights and professional development in inquiry-based art instruction.