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Gala Evening Event Ushers in New Florence Academy of Art Expanded Campus Venue

The many now-connect buildings that make up the magnificent new Florence Academy of Art were used in different ways over the years. The 35,000 square foot space, with its soaring wood-beamed ceilings and abundant natural light, has been lovingly restored. Built in the mid-19th century as a customs house, merchants would sail up the Arno River intending to enter the then walled city of Florence and stop in at what are now the Florence Academy’s main figure drawing rooms so that taxes could be levied on their goods. The new FAA Cafe is housed the former stables. During this time, the Macchiaioli landscape painters, Odoardo Borrani, Telemaco Signorini and Silvestro Lega, lived and painted nearby on the banks of the Arno. After WWII, the buildings were used by marble and iron workers. During the 14-month renovation, FAA transformed this space into a campus for realism by recuperating 24 skylights to bathe 30 studios in natural north light, and created a library, art gallery, bookshop, the FAA Cafe and two apartments for visiting artists. In addition to their full time program and workshops, they are planning to host a calendar of exhibitions and cultural events.

ART’s president, Alexandra York and vice-president Barrett Randell attended the Gala opening of this impressive space on October 29, 2016 and joined with other supporters for a beautiful evening of art, dinner, and a grand finale of opera.  Alexandra was interviewed to become part of a video of the campus and the evening.  Here is the link to unedited footage for those who might find interest: https://vimeo.com/190487176 Here is the Password: FAAGALA16—Just paste password into Browser to view.

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