SACI Artist/Scholar Consortium Residency 2015 recipient, Dana Saulnier, in the studio in Florence, Italy

Dana Saulnier,

Dana Saulnier, “Stack Series Two,” 2013, oil on canvas, 70 x 87.5”. From Stacks and Traps Series

Dana Saulnier, SACI Consortium Artist in Residence

The 2015 SACI Artist/Scholar Consortium Residency recipient, Dana Saulnier, is busy in his studio at SACI this month. He recently gave a presentation to SACI students and instructors where he talked about his work and his experience during the residency:

“I made my way to Florence through Madrid, Venice, and Rome, and was very happy to settle into a routine in Florence. I alternate visits to the outstanding art the city has to offer with visits to my studio where I try to follow through on my own developments. Typically in my practice, I repeatedly explore potentials I intuit from some visual bodily experience until I can understand what it is that is demanding my attention. I was powerfully affected by the tone and shape relationships in an image by Velazquez and have been trying to understand why. As my response has developed I have also felt that my explorations reflect my experiences of seeing Pontormo compositions in Florence, and more generally a sense of being on the street in the city which has a very particular kind of dance between beings and architecture. It is difficult to predict just how an experience such as this residency will effect one’s art making, but it is not difficult to know that it will. It has been a great pleasure meeting the people who make SACI work. I am very thankful to SACI for awarding me the 2015 Visiting Artist Residency.”

Dana in his SACI studio

Dana in his SACI studio

Dana Saulnier, Professor of Painting at Miami University. An accomplished artist, Professor Saulnier received the MFA in Painting from Cornell University in 1991. He is affiliated with First Street Gallery in New York and has held numerous solo and group exhibitions. Professor Saulnier is the recipient of several teaching awards and nominations.

For more information about Dana Saulnier’s artwork, see:

The SACI Consortium Residency provides artists and scholars with living and studio space in the historic center of Florence during the month of June. Recipients are able to spend a month in one of the world’s greatest art cities, interact with SACI faculty and students, and participate in numerous field trips to other cities in Italy.

SACI ConsortiumWhat is the SACI Consortium and what are the Member Institutions?
Find out more information about the SACI Consortium Residency.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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