Soggiorno in Italia: Viterbo 2014
October 22 – November 15, 2014
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 1 - 3pm
Alexandra Rios, 2014, watercolor and ink on paper
Maura O'Connor, Untitled (interior series, 1 of 4), 2014, watercolor on paper
Keisuke Eguchi, Field, 2012, Digital Photography
Shae Vasile, 2014, watercolor on paper
Montserrat College of Art is proud to present Soggiorno in Italia 2014, an exhibition highlighting student work created during Montserrat’s Viterbo, Italy study abroad program. This annual exhibition showcases a day in the life of students in the enchanting medieval town of Viterbo. Montserrat's four-week program, which celebrated its 18th summer, provides college students and artists a unique opportunity to live and study in a country famous for its rich cultural legacy. Once a major Etruscan site, the city of Viterbo is a bustling modern town with a lively university community and active art scene.
This year’s exhibition includes the work of students from Montserrat, RISD and State University of North Dakota. Each student selected up to two works to contribute to Soggiorno in Italia 2014. In addition to watercolor and oil paintings, photographs and drawings, several of the student’s sketchbooks are on view. This exhibition is both a reminder and a reflection of their summer abroad, embracing foreign culture and revealing itself in a small body of work.
For many students this trip was one of their first immersive experiences, delving into a new culture wholeheartedly, finding inspiration in the “little things” such as a people-filled piazza, architecture and restaurant interiors. Student Maura O’Connor particularly enjoyed the rich antique wood and colored glass in local Viterbo bars. Her series of four watercolors shows wine and liquor bottles from the perspective of a patron sitting at the bar. The bottles resemble radiant gems or pieces of sea glass breathing life into an old watering hole.
Associate Professor Caroline Bagenal, Montserrat faculty and participating instructor, poetically narrates the experience of Viterbo. “For the month of July students in the Montserrat Summer Study Program in Italy create drawings, paintings, studies, illustrations, photographs, collages, doodles, sketches, designs and all manner of art in response to living in the town of Viterbo. They explore the piazzas, the gardens, the cobbled streets, the ancient churches, the cafes, the palaces, and the hidden corners. Viterbo becomes their home, their muse, their inspiration, their days and their nights.”
To learn more about the Viterbo, Italy program, please visit: http://www.montserrat.edu/academics/study-abroad/italy.php
more work in this exhibit