Galleries | SACI College of Art & Design Florence


Due to COVID-19, the Florence and New York Galleries are temporarily closed until further notice. For information, please email the SACI Florence Galleries.or the SACI New York Gallery.

SACI Galleries

SACI’s three gallery spaces in Florence and New York City feature art and design works by SACI students, alumni, and faculty, as well as emerging and established international artists and designers. These galleries serve as focal points of contemporary art in Florence and New York.

SACI’s two Florence galleries, the SACI Gallery in SACI’s Palazzo dei Cartelloni and the Jules Maidoff Gallery in the Jules Maidoff Palazzo for the Visual Arts, provide professional exhibition spaces for works in all media. From student, faculty, and alumni work to internationally-renowned artists and designers, the exhibitions featured in the galleries play a key role in Florence’s cultural world. Numerous SACI students exhibit for the first time in our Florence galleries before going on to pursue successful art and design careers. Internationally-renowned artists and designers, such as Beverly Pepper and Elio Fiorucci, have exhibited work in SACI’s Florence galleries.

The SACI New York Gallery, SACI’s newest gallery located in the vibrant Chelsea Arts District of Manhattan, promotes work by SACI alumni and emerging international artists and designers by highlighting cutting edge, interdisciplinary work. Gallery exhibitions stay on view for one or two months, paired with artist talks open to the public. Openings occur during Thursday night art walk events in Chelsea.

Contact the SACI Galleries for more information:
SACI Florence Galleries
SACI New York Gallery

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Collaborative Galleries

At SACI, we pride ourselves on our strong connection with the Florence art community. In addition to our on-site galleries, we work with established and emerging galleries throughout Florence and Tuscany in order to cultivate community exchange and develop exhibition and project opportunities for students. With diverse spaces supporting both Italian and international artists, our collaborative galleries are integral to many SACI end-of-term shows, MFA thesis exhibitions, and special projects.

  • Tethys Gallery

    Tethys Gallery is located in the center of Florence in the heart of the Florentine Oltrarno. The only Florentine gallery dedicated exclusively to contemporary photography, Tethys offers a rich calendar of temporary photographic exhibitions and through the permanent collection proposes a selection of works by established artists and young talents.

  • Cartavetra. Luogo per le arti

    Cartavetra is a contemporary art gallery particularly interested in emerging artists, ranging from graphic arts and fiber art to sculpture and painting. During the year, the gallery presents one-person, two-person, and collective exhibitions, as well as the 72h, a three-day exhibition dedicated to young artists. In addition to the exhibition space that faces Via Maggio, there is an additional space behind that not only hosts artist residencies, but also acts as a place for cultural events and workshops organized by the gallery. Cartavetra also organizes workshops and offers several courses held by the artists that founded the association.

  • Galleria il Ponte

    Galleria Il Ponte was founded in 1965 in San Giovanni Valdarno, fruit of the copperplate engraver Vincenzo Alibrandi’s passion for contemporary art. It has been at its current location in Florence since 1977, and is now run by Andrea Alibrandi.

    In the course of the last forty years, Galleria Il Ponte has presented a wide but select nucleus of artists whose work spans the entire twentieth century, from masters such as De Pisis, Sironi, Soffici and Rosai, to the first exponents of Informal Art such as Afro and Mirko Basaldella, Arturo Carmassi, Pietro Consagra, Mattia Moreni and Giulio Turcato, and other artists who are lesser known to the public but whose work is of outstanding quality, such as Giulia Napoleone and Mauro Betti.

    Side by side with the gallery’s exhibition activities, a lively publishing effort has taken off, publishing art books and catalogues whose writing and design is of extremely high quality.

    In 2003, the space was totally refurbished, in tune with a desire to move the gallery’s activities to the predominantly contemporary sphere. This new page in the gallery’s life opened with an important show dedicated to Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Mirrored Surfaces, followed by shows by Joe Tilson, Mauro Staccioli, Renato Ranaldi, Hidetoshi Nagasawa, and Giuseppe Spagnulo.

  • Frittelli arte contemporanea

    Frittelli arte contemporanea opened at its current location in 2006 in the northwest area of Florence. The main space hosts temporary exhibitions by renowned Italian and international artists, while a section of the structure, called "Le Stanze,” is dedicated to collateral exhibitions. The gallery pays special attention to post-war Italian abstract art (Vinicio Berti, Piero Dorazio, Mauro Reggiani), Analytical Painting (Riccardo Guarneri, Paolo Masi, Lucio Pozzi), Visual Poetry (Nanni Balestrini, Tomaso Binga, Ketty La Rocca, Lucia Marcucci, Eugenio Miccini, Luciano Ori, Lamberto Pignotti), artists such as Georges Adéagbo, Giuseppe Chiari, Gianni Bertini, Pino Pascali, Mimmo Rotella, Arturo Vermi, and new generations (Andrea Francolino, Luca Matti, Susana Serpas Soriano), with a special focus on photography (Aurelio Amendola, Paola Di Bello, Nicole Gravier, Paola Mattioli, Libera Mazzoleni). Among the objectives of the gallery is the critical and philological recognition of art in Italy from the 50s to today, also pursued through close cooperation with museums, foundations, and public institutions, and dialogue with artists, curators, critics, art historians and collectors. The gallery is home to the Pino Pascali Graphic Art Archive, the Frittelli Archive for the works of Gianni Bertini, and the Frittelli Archive for the works of Vinicio Berti.

  • Dryphoto

    Dryphoto is a non-profit cultural space founded in 1977 and devoted to the organization of exhibitions, conferences, shows, and workshops. Dryphoto began as a group of artists and art professionals that met to discuss photographic language, produce experimental projects, and organize exhibitions. In 1981, Dryphoto opened its exhibition space in the historic center of Prato with two exhibitions by the Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri, Topographie, Iconographie and Still-life.

  • Accaventiquattro Home Gallery

    Accaventiquattro, both a gallery and a home, is a project by Filippo Bigagli e Fiammetta Poggi dedicated to the research and promotion of artists through a confrontation of artistic experimentation. By curating two-person shows, the gallery connects young artists, some of whom are still students, and encourages them to develop their work together as the gallery helps cultivate the artists' market. The exhibitions emerge from a dialogue involving three people – the two artists and the curator – and the result is a shared experience, at a conceptual level in the construction of the show, as well as spatially in how the works cohabit the gallery’s “living room.” 

    Accaventiquattro caters to both experts and newcomers to contemporary art who are driven by the discovery of new expressive languages.

  • OnArt Gallery

    The main objective of OnArt Gallery is to exhibit innovative artistic research. Our intent is to create events and art exhibitions that promote contemporary topics and values, to help with the sale of the artworks, give visibility by promoting the artists and their production, and to create a permanence of the works through a resulting historical and artistic archive. The gallery was created in a historic space and is protected by the Italian Ministery of Cultural Heritage. Its facade was designed by Michelangelo Buonarroti in the late 1400s where, between 1545 and 1554, Benvenuto Cellini cast the statue of Perseus, now located in the Loggia dei Lanzi in Piazza della Signoria.

  • Chiasso Perduto

    Chiasso Perduto is an artist-run space for creatives. It is a space where synergies are created between artistic disciplines, where a dynamic exchange of information and thought traces a path to the realization of projects. This is not a classic gallery, but a space under constant construction where artists can speak out.

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