Fall 2018 – Made in Italy

Made in Italy

UTA Art + Art History professors Kenda North and Gregory Scott Cook took eight students to Florence, Italy this summer for a month long residency.  Their photographs and artists’ books will be on exhibition. Their work offers very unique responses to their study abroad experience. The participating artists are:

Florence Vasquez
Sergio Cordero
Devin Rodgers
Max Grace
Vincent Lamont Williams II
CJ Wagoner
Trista McCormick
Carimar Vargas

“Our study abroad in Florence, Italy, was a complete immersion into the Italian culture and way of life.  We lived in Italian apartments, shopped local food markets for authentic food, sourced traditional artisans for our bookmaking materials, wandered the winding quaint neighborhoods and scenic piazzas capturing, through the eye of the camera, intimate glimpses into Italian life, and spent time at SRISA university, infusing that wealth of information and experiences into hand-crafted art and photography books.  Much of our time was also spent soaking in the rich culture of art and architecture born in Italy, such as the Duomo by Brunelleschi, famous art works by Dante, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and the like.  It was a surreal experience to see face to face things that an art major would normally only read about.  Italy’s artistic accomplishments are majestic and profound; and makes one wish they were born during the birth of the Renaissance.  The time we spent as a study abroad “famiglia” was special.  We left touched, creatively inspired, and better artists and humans for it.”    —Florence Vasquez

 

 

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