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SACI Florence: Study Abroad Program in Art, Design, & Italian Culture in Italy at Studio Arts College International
Transcript of SACI Florence: Study Abroad Program in Art, Design, & Italian Culture in Italy at Studio Arts College International
The Palazzo dei Cartelloni is SACI's main building, it is a 29,000 square foot air-conditioned palazzo, located at Via Sant' Antonino 11. It has a beautiful gallery/exhibition space, classrooms, a library, offices, an art conservation laboratory, media facilities and studios surrounding a large, traditional Italian garden. The spacious and light-filled interiors, have been restored to their original Baroque magnificence, with painted ceilings, frescoed walls and marble floors. This location places SACI students in the vicinity of the Duomo, the churches of San Lorenzo and Santa Maria Novella, and is just steps away from the central market.
In addition to the three drawing/painting classrooms, individual studio space is provided for advanced painting students. All areas have natural ventilation, and most areas of the communal studio space have natural lighting. Storage space for art supplies is available as well as a work area for canvas stretching, sizing and the preparation of painting surfaces.
Located within Palazzo Dei Cartelloni is SACI's Worthington Library. The Library's holdings include approximately 12,500 books, monographs and exhibition catalogs in the areas of art and art history, literature and criticism. There are extensive sections devoted to art history, conservation, museology, Italian history, language, film, literature and music. There are numerous books on drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, computer art, video, design, architecture, and other arts. Extensive art history bibliographies are maintained to assist SACI students with the preparation of research papers. The library subscribes to 53 periodicals, making its collection of English-language art magazines and journals one of the largest in Florence. It also contains CDs, video cassettes, DVDs, and over 32,000 slides and digital images which range from classical to contemporary art. SACI subscribes to the QUESTIA online library, JSTOR (database of scholarly journals) and ARTstor (database of art images), making thousands of additional resources available for extended research.
The SACI Library
The Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts is SACI’s newest facility. It is another major palace in the center of Florence: the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts, which is named after SACI's founder and director emeritus. This palazzo includes a floor with large, well-lit painting studios; SACI’s new graduate center, with its own terrace and garden access; SACI’s new design center and design library; fully equipped animation and fresco studios; a student lounge, with additional computers for student internet access; gallery spaces; two major lecture halls; and a beautiful Renaissance courtyard. SACI’s acquisition of this palace—which has four floors and is over 2,000 square meters, has excellent light and beautiful historic rooms—offers students outstanding facilities for all SACI classes.
The SACI Gallery and the Maidoff Gallery provide professional, non-commercial exhibition spaces for the SACI Artists Council members, instructors, and students as well as other local, national, and internationally renowned artists. Contemporary art exhibitions of works in all media are featured. SACI aims to utilize its educational environment by supplementing the exhibitions with visiting artist presentations and artist lectures. Our goal is to act as a catalyst between the cross-cultural American university environment and the local Italian community by collaborating with other cultural institutions and participating in outside creative projects.
The SACI Gallery
The Maidoff Gallery
SACI's facilities are located in the center of Florence. Minutes from the central food market, the Duomo, and the church of San Lorenzo with Michelangelo's Medici Chapel. Within five minutes walking distance there are bookshops, internet cafes, coffee bars, restaurants, cinemas and a myriad of stores. The school is also near to the train station, the bus station, and the Fortezza da Basso, where all international design fairs are held in Florence.
It is SACI's wish to make you feel comfortable in your Florentine home. SACI encourages its students to become involved with the Florence community and its lifestyle, and offers a variety of housing solutions that are fully representative of what the marvelous people of this city call "home".
Field trips are an integral and deeply rewarding part of the SACI overseas study experience. In the Fall and Spring, the institution runs over 120 field trips, and, in the short Late Spring and Summer terms, a large number of field trips also take place. Students will be attending the field trips that are scheduled in classes in which they are enrolled, as well as facultative trips that are open to all enrolled students. Some of the sites typically visited by SACI students include Venice, Rome, Milan, Bologna, Pisa, Lucca, Ravenna, Siena, Fiesole, San Gimignano, Arezzo, San Sepolcro, Monterchi, Assisi, Urbino, Tivoli, Hadrian’s Villa, the Certosa di Galluzzo, Poggio a Caiano, Vinci, Faenza, Pietrasanta, and Carrara.
SACI offers many other exceptional opportunities outside of the classroom including cooking classes, opening drawing sessions, special lectures, events and community engagement. These opportunities aim to engage students across artistic disciplines and connect them to the community in Florence.
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