overview (pdf)

Drawing Viterbo
Photography / Viterbo

Caroline Bagenal

Assoc. Prof.
Art History

Elizabeth Bradley
Art History


Megan O'Connell
Academic Affairs

978.921.4242 x 1602

Viterbo Application
Travel Release


viterbo, italy

July 1 – 30, 2014
Please view the overview pdf for detailed information.

6 Credits
Program also available for non-credit participants.

Montserrat's four-week study art abroad in Italy residential program affords art students and enthusiasts a unique opportunity to live and study in a country famous for its rich cultural legacy. Classes are held in the Cultural Association of Rosa Venerini (ACRV) in Viterbo, about 90 minutes north of Rome. As an integrated arts program, we offer courses in painting, drawing, photography, art history and writing. Students may elect two courses, to earn a maximum of 6 credits. All courses are taught in English by college and university faculty trained in the United States.

In recent years, we have accepted students from Northeastern University, Connecticut College, Bates College, University of Rochester, State University of North Dakota, and Wheaton College. Art and design students from Parsons School of Design, Corcoran School of Art, Art Academy of Cincinnati, Massachusetts College of Art, and Boston Museum School have also participated. Students should verify with their home institution that study art abroad in Italy program credits are transferable.

Fred Lynch -Drawing MagazineStudy Art Abroad in Italy Course Offerings
Art and Architecture of the Etruscans (AH388)
Journalistic Drawing in Italy (IL329)
(visit "Drawing Viterbo")
Landscape Photography in Italy (PH215)
(visit Photography / Viterbo)
Landscape Painting in Italy (PN240)
Journal Writing (HU303)

Study Art in Viterbo
The medieval city streets of Viterbo still resonate with the sounds and rhythms of their ancient inhabitants. Once a major Etruscan site, the province of Viterbo was later inhabited by the Romans whose amphitheaters and baths remain well preserved. The 13th century papal palace in the center of the San Pelligrino section of the city is evidence of Viterbo's significant role as a place of refuge for medieval popes, and more recently as the film location for Zeferelli's Romeo and Juliet. Today Viterbo is a bustling modern town with a lively university community and active art scene.

Viterbo is located 76 km. north of Rome, and is easily accessible to Florence, Siena, Assisi, Orvieto and the waterside resorts of Tarquinia, Bolsena and Vico. Students are encouraged to use local buses to visit the nearby lakes and villages.

Image left: Fred Lynch is featured in the Spring edition of Drawing Magazine. The article, "Fresh Inks" examines his work which is created during Montserrat's Viterbo Program.




Program Location
Cultural Association of Rosa Venerini (ACRV)
Located in the heart of San Pelligrino, Viterbo's medieval quarter, the Associazione of Rosa Venerini (ACRV) was founded in 2013 to educate and support cultural and scholarly activities across disciplines. As of June 2014, ACRV is partnered with Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA, and will house the summer study program and artist residencies.
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Residence Lorenzo Da Viterbo
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Tuition, Fees & Covered Expenses
The total cost of the program is $5,800, which includes:

  • Two three-credit studio courses
  • Round trip airfare
  • Off-Site Group Housing
  • Two group meals per week
  • Some course related travel
  • Spring preparation meetings

Additional Information About the Study Art Abroad in Italy Program
For more information, contact Laura Tonelli at 978.921.4242 x 1601. For payment information and schedule, contact Student Accounts at 978.921.4242 x 1172.