SACI’s 2015-16 Post-Bac in Studio Art exhibition at 79rosso, Florence

Caffeina Nostalgica


SACI Post-Bac in Studio Art Exhibition

79rosso, Florence – ITALY

Selected works by SACI Post-Bac in Studio Art students: Benjamin Garst, Estefania Mones, María Mercedes Parellada, and Garrett Tidey.

The exhibition Caffeina Nostalgica, held April 15-17, 2016, marked the beginning of a collaboration between 79rosso, an artist residency and gallery space in Florence, and SACI. 79rosso will host two collective exhibitions each year, to present the students’ works of the Post-Baccalaurate in Studio Art program directed by Lorenzo Pezzatini and Dario Arcamone.

Caffeina Nostalgica is the experience of combining history and memories in a new space. Our months in Florence have been filled with new moments marked by past experiences. Caffeine keeps us going and helps us use memories to create something completely new. With growing ideas and different materials, important messages are revealed about our lives in this world. The familiarities of things gone by, such as a warm reminder of childhood in a far away place, shape our daily desire to create.”

Estefania Mones presents a series of self-portraits on canvas and wood, building a staircase that leads to a life-size version of herself. Garrett Tidey transforms into large chalk drawings on paper the gender and original media of two famous icons of Florentine Renaissance art, Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s The Birth of VenusMaria Parellada uses chicken wire to create a life-size installation, where each sculpture represents a specific part of her own self. Benjamin Garst’s artwork explores a multitude of social issues through a variety of mixed media bi-dimensional techniques.


79rosso Gallery
Via de’ Serragli 79r
Florence, Italy

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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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