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Coordinated by the International Relations Committee, the 2019 ARLIS/NA Study Tour will offer in-depth visits to notable art libraries and archives in study centers, private foundations, and public institutions in Venice. A hallmark of IRC Study Tours is behind-the-scenes tours that offer special access to collections as well as generous hospitality by hosts, and this trip promises an abundance of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. The dates of the Study Tour are June 10-16, 2019.

Our base for explorations will be the Fondazione Cini, on the island of San Giorgio, a former monastery and now an important cultural foundation with rich art collections, libraries, and archives for the history of art and the humanities. We will stay at the Cini Centro Internazionale di Studi della Civiltà Italiana “Vittore Branca, the foundation’s scholars housing, which provides a unique experience recalling the simple monastic life in a vibrant cultural setting at the competitive price of €80 (single room) or €130 (double room), including continental breakfast. Participants will arrange their own transport to and from Venice. Details on booking at the Cini Foundation will be distributed to confirmed participants. Participants will be given a week pass for traveling throughout the city via public transportation. Within the setting of the Venice Biennale, this study tour also has much to offer for independent visits to museums, galleries, and art installations around the city. A pedestrian-friendly city, Venice requires a lot of walking, including up and down bridges. In some cases, it will be necessary to walk about a mile (about 20 minutes) from one venue to the next one.

The Marciana National Library
Image courtesy of Flickr user Sergey Galyonkin

Itinerary (subject to change).

Venues for evening events will be added when they are confirmed

Sunday June 9

  • Pre-arrival for those who want to arrive a day earlier.
    (Lodging at Cini is not available Sunday night - A list of recommended nearby hotels will be offered on request)

Monday June 10

Tuesday June 11

Wednesday June 12

Thursday June 13

Friday June 14

Saturday June 15

Sunday June 16

  • Check out from Cini Foundation

Tour Information

Please contact Group Leaders Isotta Poggi or Spyros Koulouris for any further information.

The Cini Foundation on the island of San Giorgio
Image courtesy of Flickr user Shaun Dunmall


Your deposit will be used toward group activities and local group transportation during the trip.

Cancellation Policy

A full refund of the Application Fee will be refunded for cancellations received before April 1, 2019. Cancellations received on or after April 1, 2019 are generally not eligible for a refund. If someone on a waiting list can take the place of a cancellation requested after the deadline, the deposit will be refunded, minus a $50 processing fee. Requests for refunds after April 1, 2019, must be made in writing to the Group Leaders, Isotta Poggi or Spyros Koulouris.

Flight Arrangements

You are responsible for booking and paying for your own flight. Please note that you should not purchase your ticket(s) until you receive an email from the group leader that the minimum of 10 participants have been reached. ARLIS/NA and the Study Tour organizers are not responsible for travel to and from the Study Tour site and therefore are not able to issue any refunds for travel for any reason.


A Study Tour is a great opportunity to visit colleagues, their collections, and tour relevant cultural institutions while representing ARLIS/NA and your home institution. Past tours include library visits, business meetings, collections presentations, and are often in conjunction with conferences, symposiums, or colloquiums. Applications for ARLIS/NA Study Tours will be accepted for current ARLIS/NA members working or currently seeking employment as arts information professionals. Spouses, partners, or friends of Study Tour participants are welcome to travel with participants, however inclusion in tour activities or special events is at the discretion of the hosts.

An agenda is constructed by the tour leader in conjunction with hosts in the chosen location. All items on the agenda are by formal invitation of the hosts and the following guidelines are recommended for all scheduled activities:

  • Participants are expected to participate in the agenda provided by the host(s) and plan to visit local sites either before or after the Study Tour.
  • Study Tour schedules often begin early in the morning and include multiple visits throughout the entire day. Sometimes meals are included or time is allotted for meals on one’s own. It is important that all participants arrive at designated meeting points on time in order to keep the schedule accurate for all our hosts.
  • As representatives of ARLIS/NA and their institutions, participants should dress in a manner that is appropriate for business and wear shoes comfortable for extensive walking and standing.
  • Please refrain from separating from the group while in transit between tour locations.
  • Our hosts often include their supervising directors, or other VIP administrators, in our meetings and tours.
  • Please be prepared to participate in discussions related to the arts information profession and follow all security rules provided by the host institution when invited to examine collections.
  • Not all items on the agenda will be of interest to everyone in a group, however our hosts will expect the entire group to participate and will plan activities based on our full number.
  • If a participant is unable to attend a scheduled part of the agenda, it is advised that the tour leader be informed before the activity. Participants are also recommended to send a note of regret to the host.
  • Many countries and cultures that we visit are very generous with receptions and souvenir gifts. It is recommended that participants bring business cards, brochures, and/or small hostess gifts that represent their institution. Participants should also plan to send thank you notes or emails after the trip is complete.
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For more information about the itinerary, travel plans or other questions contact either of the the group leaders: Isotta Poggi or Spyros Koulouris.


ARLIS/NA is thankful to our sponsors and hosting institutions for their support of this year’s study tour:

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Gladys Kreible Delmas Foundation

Facsimile Finder

Fondazione Ugo e Olga Levi

Save Venice

Archivio di Stato Venezia
ASAC - Archivio Storico delle Arti Contemporanee
BAUM - Biblioteca Area Umanistica
Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Ca’ Foscari University Department of Philosophy and Cultural Heritage
Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art
Fondazione Giorgio Cini
Fondazione Querini Stampalia
Fornace Orsoni
Museo Correr