ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Professional Practicum I, Daria Filardo & Pietro Gaglianò, Fall 2019 | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

ART548 MFA Graduate Seminar in Studio Art: Professional Practicum I, Daria Filardo & Pietro Gaglianò, Fall 2019

The course aims to give students a deep knowledge of the art system and illustrates through lessons, workshops and meetings strategies and tools needed to address successfully the different situations a young artist encounters after graduating.

The course is divided into two main components. The first one develops topics concerning the individuality of the artist and his/her relationship with the art world (tools and behaviors: self-presentation, portfolio, website, studio visits applications, etc.). The second component is dedicated to the competencies and skills that a professional artist should possess, with a special focus on art education (informal learning and peer to peer pedagogy), and on projects for exhibitions, residencies, and site-specific conditions. Students will be immersed in the world of contemporary art by meetings and special projects realized in collaboration with artists, gallerists, and curators, both public and private.

The course focuses on direct experience and field work. It is co-taught by two instructors who are highly active in the contemporary art world.

I—Self Entrepreneurship and Artists' Awareness

10 meetings of 3 hours
Daria and Pietro will work collegially and individually.
Didactics: Frontal lessons, simulations, workshops.


  • Self-presentation
    Contents: Problems and opportunities according to different interlocutors (galleries, critics, curators, institutions, artist, audience).
    Perception of physical presence, proxemics, dialog tools (with verbal and non-verbal language)
  • The Art System (I)
    Through meetings with artists, curators, gallerists (managed in a general framework with an introduction and a prior lesson by the instructors), students well be exposed to a variety of situations, possibilities, and matters regarding the Art System.
  • Portfolio
    Contents: How to assemble, biography, description of the works, general statement, medium (pdf, website, printed version, etc.)
  • Art Residency
    Contents: Explanation of an art residency, how to find the most suitable for each artist's profile, how to apply.

II—Connecting to the World

5 meetings of 3 hours
Daria and Pietro will work collegially and individually on day field trips and in meetings and/or studio visits with professionals in the art world.


In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act Textbook Provision, SACI provides, when possible, the International Standard Book Number (ISBN) and retail price of required and recommended reading. Note: It is not necessary to purchase the books below. They are available for loan or consultation in the SACI Worthington Library.

All the World's Futures. 56th International Art Exhibition, Biennale di Venezia, Marsilio Editori, 2015.
ISBN: 9788831721288 (Retail price: $130)

Bishop, Claire, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, Verso, 2012.
ISBN: 9781844676903 (Retail price: $29.95)

Burn, Gordon, and Damien Hirst, On the Way to Work, Faber and Faber, 2001.
SBN: 9780571202577 (Retail price: $37.50)

Christov-Bakargiev, Carolyn, Chùs Martinez, and Franco Berardi, Documenta 13: Catalog I/3, The Book of Books, Hatje Cantz, 2012.
ISBN: 9783775729512 (Retail price: $95)

Harrison, Charles, and Paul Wood, eds., Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, Blackwell, 2005.
ISBN: 9780631227083 (Retail price: $64.95)

Mesch, Claudia, Art and Politics: A Small History of Art for Social Change Since 1945I. B. Tauris, 2013.
ISBN:  9781848851108 (Retail price: $28)

Sylvester, David, The Brutality of Fact: Interviews with Francis Bacon, Thames and Hudson, 1975.
ISBN: 9780500274750 (Retail price: $19.95)

Thompson, Nato, ‘Living as Form’, in Living as Form. Socially Engaged Art From 1991-2011edited by Nato Thompson, The MIT Press, 2012, pp. 16-33.
ISBN: 9780262017343 (Retail price: $43.95)

van Heudsen, Baren, and Pascal Gielen, eds., Arts Education Beyond Art: Teaching Art in Times of Change, Valiz/Antennae Series, 2015.
ISBN: 9789078088851 (Retail price: $28.95)

Special articles in art magazines will be distributed in class.

Websites of institutions and residencies will be material for study and will be provided in class.


Tuesday, September 10
Introduction to the course.
Self-introduction of each student (who are you/ what are you working on/ how is your work evolving/future expectations).

Tuesday, September 17
Self-entrepreneurship: Atelier, portfolio, website; the art world and work relationships.

Tuesday, September 24
Portfolio construction. (1st  home assignment)
What is a portfolio? Recipients, aims and uses; structure and contents: CV, texts and pictures.
Case studies.

Tuesday, October 1
I Workshop time for portfolio building (collecting materials, shooting, writing texts, selecting, ordering, etc.).

Tuesday, October 8
II Workshop time for portfolio building

Tuesday, October 15
III Workshop time for portfolio building (presentation and discussion)

Tuesday, October 22
Visit to the exhibition Studio Visit - Young Italian Artists, curated by Pietro Gaglianò, Casa Masaccio, San Giovanni Valdarno

MIDTERM BREAK for undergraduates (October 26 - November 3)
Work on a given assignment

Tuesday, November 5
Art residencies I (2nd home assignment)
Introduction to the system of art residencies. How to find the proper one, how to apply, how to manage the residency, the project, the relationship with the site specific issue

Tuesday, November 12
Art residencies II
Meeting with a curator of an Art Residency – Stefano Coletto, Fondazione Bevilaqua La Masa, Venezia

Tuesday, November 19
Art residencies III
Presentation and discussion of the individual projects

Tuesday, November 26
Visit to Villa Romana or to the Manifattura Tabacchi

Tuesday, December 3
Proprioception: behavior, movement, and posture.

Tuesday, December 10
The studio. How to set it up.

Tuesday, December 17
Curator's studio visit TBA


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