Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, spearhead two-week trip

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BFA 2011 visual artists travel to Europe in search of inspiration and exchange
Miami— Twenty visual artists recently graduated from the college program at New World School of the Arts (BFA 2011) will soon embark on a two week journey through   2011 NWSA BFA Visual Arts gradsEurope to explore new avenues by which to express their art. Spearheaded by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the students will be accompanied by the NWSA dean of visual arts, Maggy Cuesta and faculty member Fred Snitzer.

The group of students will have the invaluable experience of attending the Venice Biennale in Italy and later to Berlin. In both cities the students will have the opportunity to visit museums, galleries, artist's studios and private collections.

“This is the second year of this travel program.  Last year our senior class visited Berlin” said Cuesta. “These international trips enhance the perspectives of our art students and encourage them to establish a dialogue with international artists and museum curators. These experiences will inevitably change their lives. This is the best way to create awareness of the role that art plays in the growth and development of different societies. When they return to our city, many will bring with them new ideas and perhaps innovative techniques; they will all return reinvigorated, inspired, and eager to make a difference in our community.”  

The NWSA group will travel to Italy June 17, 2011. They will stay six days in Venice visiting historical sites like the Palazzo Ducale in Piazza San Marco, La Fenice Opera House and Gallerie del’ Accademia.  The students will also have the opportunity to visit the world recognized Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Francois Pinault Collection.  An important highlight in the Venice trip will be their visit to the 54th Venice Biennale housed in the historical Pavilions of the Giardini, in the Arsenale and other locations around the city.

Arriving in Berlin the evening of June 23, the NWSA group will spend a week visiting historical museums and sites in the area of Mitte.  They will also visit the prominent Boros Art Collection and Hoffmann Art Collection. Like last year, the Berlin galleries, Contemporary Fine Arts and Peres Projects will welcome the students to their spaces and will have a private studio visit with artist Jonathan Meese.   

Other generous supporters that made this initiative possible are Diane and Robert Moss, Braman Family Foundation, Carole and Fred Guest, and American Express.
More information about this program at 305-237-3620 or at 

About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts.

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