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    Studio Art in Berlin

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    Studio Art in Berlin


This program is tentatively planned to run again in summer 2020. 

Making a return for the first time since 2015, the Studio Art in Berlin program will provide an "insider's" view of the contemporary art scene in one of the most active and esteemed art locations in the world. A local painter who works in Berlin will work with UNI painting professor Kenneth Hall to guide UNI students through both the "famous" and the emerging galleries and artist studios within the city. Students will respond to these cultural day trips with daily drawing and painting assignments, synthesizing this visual inspiration with their own creativity. This studio experience, combined with these contemporary art excursions, provides a unique opportunity for students to learn vital skills in the practice of studio art.

A wonderful program that incorporated art history and contemporary art, as well as our own concepts and practice. -Emily, 2018

So many museums, galleries, artist talks, that are invaluable to learning about building one's art practice and continuation after college. It was just amazing and I learned SO MUCH. I miss Berlin already and wish I could go back tomorrow! -Emily, 2018



Course Leaders

Kenneth Hall, Associate Professor

Department: Art
Phone: 319-273-6142
E-mail: kenneth.hall@uni.edu
Campus Address: KAB 104


ART 3001-60: Drawing III (3 credit hours) or ART 3050-60: Painting II (3 credit hours) or ART 3055-60: Painting III (3 credit hours) or ART 4000-60: Undergraduate Studio Drawing (3 credit hours) or ART 4000-61: Undergraduate Studio Painting (3 credit hours)

  • Drawing III (ART 3001-60) prerequisite(s): ART 1011 and ART 1022
  • Painting II (ART 3050) prerequisite(s): ART 2050
  • Painting III (ART 3055-60) prerequisite(s): ART 3050
  • Undergraduate Studio: Drawing (ART 4000-60) prerequisite(s): 9 hours in chosen area; consent of instructor
  • Undergraduate Studio: Painting (ART 4000-61) prerequisite(s): 9 hours in chosen area; consent of instructor

Preference will be given to Juniors/Seniors and to Art Majors.

The Studio Art in Berlin course is intended to provide UNI art majors with a unique experience that combines contemporary art gallery and museum visits with a hands-on response in the studio. Approximately four hours per day is the daily response to the provocative and insightful visits with contemporary artists and tours of local galleries and museums. Berlin artist/painter Jason Benedict is an experienced contemporary artist and program liaison who helps provide a rich experience of local art along with the stability of a daily studio regimen. This is an upper level art studio course, and will help students to synthesize concepts about contemporary art with their own art practice. Expected learning outcomes include a journal of both visual and written/verbal ideas and a body of work that is produced within the studio. Contemporary art readings will be assigned, and students will respond with written journal entries on a weekly basis.

Students will also be encouraged to think about cultural differences while in Germany, and will be expected to respond to these differences by way of their artwork and artist statements produced during the course experience.

Participation in this program requires several class meetings throughout the spring semester. Please contact the program's course leader for more information on coursework requirements.


  • Students planning to participate in the spring commencement ceremony in May can enroll in this summer term program, however, their degree will not be conferred until the end of the summer term and is contingent on the successful completion of the program and all required coursework.
  • Students attending colleges and universities other than UNI are welcome to participate in this program. If you are not currently a UNI student, but would like to participate in this program, please contact the UNI Study Abroad Center prior to starting your program application.


Tentative Program Dates: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 to Friday, May 25, 2018

Sample itinerary is subject to change.

Day 1: Arrival in Berlin; group dinner

Day 2: Meet at U-Bahn Mehringdamm and purchase materials for the program, then meet at studio space

Day 3: View public art and/or take a boat ride to see architecture; work on projects

Day 4: Visit Finnland-Institut in Deutschland: “Memory Traces”; go to MMX: View exhibition/Artist talk: David Krepfle and Kuma Galerie: exhib. Part of Memory Traces

Day 5: Studio visit by Jason Benedict and visit galleries in Zimmerstr:

Day 6: Work day; flea-market in the afternoon

Day 7: Work day 

Day 8: Studio visit; visit galleries on Heidenstr.

Day 9: Visit Hamburger Bahnhoff (museum for contemporary art); Exhibition: Walton Ford, “Bestiarium”

Day 10: Studio Visit: Gretta Louw

Day 11: Visit galleries on Brunnenstr. Visit Art Lab Berlin

Day 12: Work day

Day 13: Takt open studios

Day 14: Work day 

Day 15: Visit galleries on Auguststr. Work day (Last day! Critiques and pack!)

Day 16: Departure to U.S.

Housing & Meals

Students will stay in a hotel or hostel arranged by the Study Abroad Center and paid for before departure. Most meals will be paid for by students out-of-pocket while abroad, including breakfasts. Only 1-2 group meals are built into the cost of the program. Students are encouraged to try the local foods.

Program Costs

Studio Art in Berlin

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* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors

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