“Nonfinito” – SACI MFA Graduate Exhibition Opens Tomorrow at 6PM at SENSUS



APRIL 18-24, 2017
SENSUS – Luoghi per l’Arte Contemporanea
Viale Antonio Gramsci 42, 50132 Florence, Italy

Lina Bessonova
Andrew G. Gatti
Chanel Jami Hackett
Leon T. Jones
April Whoiwon Moon
Meaghan C. Sweeney
Meredith Taylor

Nonfinito features the final projects of graduating students in the MFA in Studio Art and MFA in Photography programs at SACI. A catalog will be available.


Nonfinito comes from Italian, but has a universal meaning when applied to art. Great artists often express the infinite by giving an unfinished look to sections of their artwork. The meanings, in turn, are constantly reevaluated and altered by successive generations.

Nonfinito relates to the concept of sprezzatura, or “a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it,” described by Baldassare Castiglione in Il Libro del Cortigiano (XVI century), a text that contributed to the definition of the Renaissance individual.

This inherent practice follows the instincts of the artist. Whatever technique and materials he/she is using, the sprezzatura – the Nonfinito – spreads throughout the work as can be seen in this exhibition. It is never finished because in a sense it is infinite; it has no end. Only that which is Nonfinito can be improved or benefit from the immense privilege of being able to change or even contradict itself, to be free and to express the artist’s freedom.

The art student must learn, study, and grow tremendously to achieve this apparent disregard of the rules of scholarly knowledge, but when a work is successful, the public experiences apparent spontaneity and compelling individuality. We believe the artists in this exhibition have reached this level of self-sufficiency in their career; like the artwork in Castiglione’s paradigm, their work now follows their intentions and speaks for itself.

Nonfinito is also a metaphor for another situation: the artists represented in this exhibition have just completed the MFA program, an important step in their careers that constitutes a beginning and opens a new set of possibilities for both the art and the artists. For Michelangelo, a single block of stone contained all possibilities inherent in a work of art. From now on, life, for our students, will be like this block of stone.

We are proud to present the exhibition Nonfinito, a collaboration between Studio Arts College International MFA Students and SENSUS – Luoghi per l’Arte Contemporanea.

Filipe Rocha da Silva, MFA in Studio Art Program Director
Romeo Di Loreto, MFA in Photography Program Co-Director
Jacopo Santini, MFA in Photography Program Co-Director



SENSUS –  Luoghi per l’Arte Contemporanea
Viale Antonio Gramsci 42
50132 Florence, Italy

Hours: Wednesday, April 19 through Saturday, April 22 from 4-7 pm
Monday, April 24 from 2:30-5:30 pm

Admission is free

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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