SACI is the oldest and most prestigious American art school in Florence. The institution was founded in 1975 by painter Jules Maidoff, whose goal was to offer the finest and most challenging training to the next generation of artists, art historians, and art conservators, as well as the opportunity to live out a full, first-hand immersion within Florentine culture and customs.
Since 1975, over 10,000 students have benefited from the high educational standards offered at SACI. Among our beloved alumni are oscar-nominated film directors, artists who have exhibited in the London National Portrait Gallery and many other prestigious galleries worldwide, art conservators of the highest level, jewelry designers working on Hollywood productions, just to mention a few.
Many extraordinary artists have exhibited in the two SACI Galleries, from fashion designer Elio Fiorucci to Proust Armchair creator Alessandro Mendini, from Audrey Flack to Beverly Pepper. The SACI Artists Council includes such well known international artists as Christo, Ralph Gibson, Sting, Storm Thorgerson. David Hockney honored SACI with his participation in the institution's 2008 Painted Optics Symposium.
SACI’s mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with a challenging, life-enhancing experience in the center of Florence in traditional and contemporary studio arts, design, conservation, and art history. Students directly access centuries of Italian culture through a wide range of courses of academic excellence. SACI engages in leading areas of research and exploration, interacts with the community through artistic and social programs, and prepares students to excel in their chosen field.
Studio Art Centers International is a directly accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
SACI is affiliated with Bowling Green State University in Ohio, which is accredited by NASAD and by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
SACI is authorized by the Delaware Department of Education to confer a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Studio Art degree with an emphasis in Painting or Drawing, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Photography, a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Communication Design, and a Master of Arts (MA) in Art History.
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