Trip to ItalyThis summer, a group of Lourdes College students will travel to Europe where they will spend two weeks studying art and art history at the Studio Art Centers International (SACI).

Founded in 1975 by American Artist Jules Maidoff, SACI is an educational institution located in Florence, Italy, offering accredited university-level instruction in studio art, design and the liberal arts.

Art students Annette Fink, Ani Copti and Molly Miller and English major Vicki Davis will attend SACI through the center's summer program, which allows students to study in Florence on a credit or non-credit basis.

Through this program, they will take one class selected from a list of SACI courses in studio art, design, art conservation, art history and Italian language.

"I always thought studying abroad was an option for younger students, but was surprised to learn there was an opportunity for me too," notes Annette. "As a non-traditional student, finally being able to follow my passion for art is a dream come true.

Art"While at SACI, I plan on sitting in on as many studio classes as possible, exploring the country and enjoying the opportunity to learn about Italian history, art and language."

"I found out about the SACI program from my friend Annette," says Vicki. "Even though I am not an art major, Annette knew I was interested in language and thought that I might like to participate. We both felt like the program would be a great way to learn about and see the masterpieces of Italian art."

Lourdes Art Instructors Tom Hilty and Tamara Monk can directly attest to the high quality programs and valuable life experience students will gain while at SACI.

For 18 years, Tom served as a member of the Board of Directors and was recently bestowed the title of Emeritus Trustee. Last year, Tamara was appointed to the President's Council. Tom and Tamara will also serve as Visiting Faculty Members during the 2010 summer session.