SACI Studio Arts College International

Programs

A U.S.-accredited art school, SACI offers graduate and undergraduate programs in traditional and contemporary studio arts, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Emphasizing direct, hands-on experience through on-site work and travel, SACI programs immerse students in the vibrant and historic art community of Florence and highlight the essential role of art and design in how we shape and sustain our planet both socially and environmentally. Students work side-by-side with passionate faculty members to challenge artistic boundaries and explore new creative directions. Beyond the classroom, students explore the studios, museums, and galleries of Italy and Europe.

SACI’s programs include Academic Year and Semester Abroad; Late Spring and Summer; Venice Summer and Venice Biennale; Post-Bac in Studio Art and Conservation; MFA in Studio Art, Photography, and Communication Design; MA in Art History; Gap Year Abroad; and Non-Credit Studies.

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Buildings/Spaces

SACI’s two Renaissance palazzi, the Palazzo dei Cartelloni and the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts, include gallery spaces; studios and classrooms; lecture halls; photography darkrooms; art conservation laboratories; computer and video workrooms; a fresco painting studio; offices, and traditional Italian gardens. The spacious and light-filled interiors feature painted ceilings, frescoed walls, and marble floors.

Palazzo dei Cartelloni, SACI’s main building, was built on the foundations of the houses where Francesco Del Giocondo, a wealthy Florentine silk merchant, once lived. Many scholars believe that Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is a portrait of Lisa Gherardini, Francesco’s wife. Recently discovered fragments of majolica plates and a pietraserena wash basin attributed to Benedetto da Maiano carry the Del Giocondo family crest and came from the Palazzo dei Cartelloni.

In the 17th century, the Palazzo was remodeled as a residence for the mathematician Vincenzo Viviani, who had been a pupil of the astronomer and scientist Galileo Galilei. Viviani dedicated his home to his esteemed teacher and placed two large scrolls on the building’s façade that describe his extraordinary work and achievements. A bust of Galileo also crowns the palatial entranceway, which Viviani created in defiance of the papal ban that forbade honoring the work of Galileo partly because of Galileo’s assertion that “The truth of nature is more important than traditional dogma.” Thus SACI’s home is a unique monument to a man who is considered one of the great sons of Florence.

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Info:
Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino 11
50122 Firenze
Phone: (39) 055-289948

Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-10pm | Friday: 8:30am-7pm | Saturday and Sunday: 1-7pm

Palazzo Jules Maidoff
Via Sant’Egidio 14
50121 Firenze
Phone: (39) 055-240910

Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:45am-midnight | Saturday and Sunday: 9am-midnight

Galleries

SACI’s three gallery spaces in Florence and New York serve as focal points of contemporary art, featuring art and design works by SACI students, alumni, and faculty, as well as emerging and established international artists and designers.

SACI’s two Florence galleries, the SACI Gallery in SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni and the Jules Maidoff Gallery in the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts, feature professional exhibitions in all media and play a key role in Florence’s cultural world. Numerous SACI students exhibit for the first time in these galleries before going on to pursue successful art and design careers, and internationally-renowned artists and designers, such as Beverly Pepper and Elio Fiorucci, have exhibited work in SACI’s Florence galleries.

The SACI New York Gallery, located in the vibrant Chelsea Arts District of Manhattan, promotes work by SACI alumni and emerging international artists and designers by highlighting cutting edge, interdisciplinary work.

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Info:
SACI Gallery
Palazzo dei Cartelloni
Via Sant’Antonino 11
50122 Firenze
Phone: (39) 055-289948
Opening Hours:
Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-10pm | Friday, 8:30am-7pm | Saturday and Sunday, 1-7pm

Jules Maidoff Gallery
Palazzo Jules Maidoff
Via Sant’Egidio 14
50121 Firenze
Phone: (39) 055-240910
Opening Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:45am-midnight | Saturday and Sunday: 9am-midnight

Collaborations

SACI’s institutional collaborations connect students with some of Italy’s most renowned museums, breaking down boundaries between art, design, fashion, anthropology, science, and history. Recent collaborations include Without Limits, an interdisciplinary design course developed with Dainese’s D-Air Lab and the MIT Agelab; SACI MX (Museum Experience), which allows students to partner with the Galleria dell’Accademia, Bargello Musei, La Specola, Museo del Tessuto, and Museo degli Innocenti to confront problems of mobility and information flow; and Fashioning Spaces, a SACI Fashion Design program developed in collaboration with the Ferragamo Foundation and Museum in Florence.

In SACI’s Body Archives and Art, Mind & Diversity courses, students regularly respond to themes in science, history, anthropology, and psychology to create contemporary work for some of Florence’s oldest and most prestigious institutions, such as the Museum of Anthropology and the Museum of Natural History, La Specola.

Additionally, the SACI Conservation Department and SACI MX participants recently completed an extensive collaboration for the exhibition “Wells of Wonders – New Discoveries from Cetamura del Chianti” at the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, a project that contributed to the formation of a new Cetamura del Chianti museum in Gaiole in Chianti.

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