SACI exhibits artists for Tuscan Anglo-American Festival in Florence: March 9-11, 2016


The Tuscan AngloAmerican Festival in Florence intends to celebrate the strong bond between American universities, AngloAmerican culture, and Tuscany in a dialogue between institutions, students, professors, and teachers from all over the world and in all disciplines. About 9000 students study abroad each year through the forty different programs available in Florence alone.

The objective of the first Tuscan AngloAmerican Festival in Florence is to illustrate the many positive aspects of American and British student presence through activities that the American and British universities promote daily, such as conferences, art shows and photography, concerts, seminars and volunteer work in the community.

Through this Festival, American and British institutes and universities open their doors to the citizens of Tuscany, sharing their experiences and putting their students in contact with Italian students their own age. The Festival is an opportunity to enhance this special relationship by celebrating the reciprocal enrichment of cultures that continues to unite the U.S.A. and England with Tuscany and Florence.

TAAFThe first edition of this biennial event will take place on March 9th-11th. It will involve no fewer than twenty university programs, study centers, associations, and volunteer organizations. The opening ceremony will take place at the Palazzo Vecchio in the presence of both local and foreign authorities, including Florence Mayor Dario Nardella, U.S. Consul General in Florence Abigail Rupp, AACUPI Director Portia Prebys, and Tuscan American Association Co-Director Andrea Davis.

For the complete festival program, which features conferences, concerts, art and photography exhibitions, and a host of volunteer activities by American students, please click here.

For more information, see the TAAF website:

SACIDuring the festival, Studio Art Centers International will be hosting two solo painting exhibitions in the SACI galleries by Ornella Baratti Bon and Pietro Manzo. And on Wednesday, March 9 at 5:00 pm, the exhibition ARTCLASH 2016 Abbattere Muri / Costruire Ponti, artworks of students at US programs in Florence, opens in the Palazzo Vecchio, Sala d’Arme, and includes selected SACI graduate students: Amaan Aslam, Ben Garst, Ana Lìa Orézzoli, Keri Rosebraugh, and Hana Sackler


ART CLASH 2016: Breaking Down Walls – Building Bridges

March 9-11, 2016
Palazzo Vecchio, Sala d’Arme, Piazza della Signoria, Florence
Opening: Wednesday, March 9th at 5:00 pm
Open hours: 9am-6pm

ArtClash is an inter-academic project that results in a collective exhibition of art works inspired by the thought of Giorgio La Pira, “Peace in the world.” Students from the US and other nationalities from various institutions and programs in Florence that teach art.

The inauguration takes place at 5pm in the presence of Mayor Dario Nardella; the Vice Mayor of Florence and Councillor for Education, University and Research, Giachi Cristina; the Director of CSU, Mary Caputi; the CSU Coordinator, Marsha Steinberg and Critic, Rolando Bellini. Programs involved include:

Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence / Accademia Europea di Firenze – AEF / Accent Florence Study Center / California State University / Foundation The Bison / Gonzaga University / Harding University / ISI Florence / Kent State University / LABA University of Fine Arts / Istituto Lorenzo de ‘Medici / New York University Florence / Richmond University / Studio Art Centers International – SACI / Sacred Art School Florence / Sarah Lawrence College / University in Syracuse Florence / University of Western Macedonia, Florina

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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