A short interview with... Mark Van Yetter!

Summeracademy: Mark, what is painting for you? Why do you paint?

Mark: Painting is a way to respond to my time on earth, a way to filter existence.  As to why I paint, this is a question I often ask myself, the reason becomes most clear to me when I evaluate all other options of what to do with my time. Once I reflect on this I relies many endeavors lead to a goal of emptiness. If painting follows a similar path I am one to think it is only so because our society has little tolerance towards it. I guess I mostly paint because I enjoy it.  

[Mark Van Yetter, Damn Forest, 2016, oil on paper, 160x32cm, courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue Gallery] 


S: What role plays the colour?

M: Colours are a big part of the world.  It would only seem right to have them play a big part in a painting. So a big role. 


S: What do you want to teach your students?

M: To think for themselves, to questions everything and not assume that what is considered orthodox is correct.    

[Tex Rubinowitz, Mark Van Yetter and Sonja Bendel] 


S: What do you like about the Summer Academy?

M: The people and the positive atmosphere. These things make it great.  

class of Mark Van Yetter 2017, photo: Mira Turba]


19/02/18 18:13 Summer Academy 2017, Summer Academy 2018

2018 Course Programme

The 2018 course programme of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts is now online. 

Detailed descriptions of the courses and information on how to apply for courses and the various grants are available here

18 different courses are on offer. We hope that you will (once again) find something of interest, and we look forward to receiving your application. 

P.S. Good things take time to ripen – we are still working on our new responsive website, which will be published soon. 

15/01/18 17:56 Summer Academy 2017, Summer Academy 2018

programme 2018 will be online on January 16th

countdown: 4 more days and we will publish the course programme 2018 here...

our new webpage takes a few more weeks, due to the flu and other reasons ...

12/01/18 09:07 Summer Academy 2016

New website in January

Our new website, which we are currently working on, will be online in the midst of January 2018. It was more difficult than we thought, therefore we had to postpone the going-public for another three weeks. 

We are really excited to see our new website and present to you our great course programme for the 2018 Summer Academy, which will be published then. 

We wish you all the best for the festive season and the New Year! 
Your Summer Academy team

Photo by Mira Turba

23/12/17 15:01 Summer Academy 2017

The Summer Academy You Tube channel!

Most of our participating students and teachers can't attend all of our evening events. Furthermore there are a lot of interested people from all over the world, who just can't come to Salzburg to attend every single lecture. So the Summer Academy documents a lot of our lectures and uploads them on our YouTube channel. 

Like this you can check out for instance the lectures by Michael Beutler from 2017 

and Paulina Olowska, who talks to Sabine Breitwieser, director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg

If you couldn't be at our big "Global Academy" conference in 2016, you can watch all the inspiring lectures on how to learn and teach art in the globalised world online! Within the next weeks we are also going to upload the "Global Academy" lectures from 2017. Stay tuned!


07/12/17 16:05 Summer Academy 2016, Summer Academy 2017

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