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.
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
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