SACI Founder and Director Emeritus Jules Maidoff in Siracusa, Sicily

Jules Maidoff, "Balance"

Jules Maidoff, “Balance”

Earlier this month, on July 17, 2014, SACI Founder and Director Emeritus Jules Maidoff donated one of his paintings to the newly established Museo Civico di Arte Contemporanea in Siracusa, Sicily – the first painting of the collection. Jules presented his painting to Mayor Giancarlo Garozzo at a ceremony held at Palazzo Vermexio. Jules was also conferred an honorary degree (laurea “honoris causa”) in Arti Visive e Disciplina dello Spettacolo from the Accademia di Belle Arti di Siracusa. An exhibition of Jules’s work was organized in Siracusa by SACI alum Pietro di Paola (Fall 1977-Spring 1978) at Vivai Cuba.

Jules Maidoff exhibit in Siracusa, Sicily

Jules Maidoff exhibit in Siracusa, Sicily

Two articles in the local news, Siracusa News, can be read (in Italian) here:

Jules Maidoff receiving Honorary Degree

Jules Maidoff receiving Honorary Degree

Il Maestro Jules Maidoff a Siracusa per donare un’opera al Museo d’arte contemporanea

Tomorrow (Thursday July 17) at 10:30 am in the Hall Borsellino” Vermexio Palace, will be the presentation of the cultural event tied to the Maestro Jules Maidoff. The renowned painter of U.S. origin will deliver to the mayor Giancarlo Garozzo, the first work of art of the nascent Museum of Contemporary Art.

On the same occasion, the Academy of Fine Arts in Syracuse, will give Maidoff, the degree honoris causa” in Visual Arts and Performing Arts Discipline.

The well-known painter will be accompanied by Elizabeth A. Sackler [Chair on the Board of Trustees at the Brooklyn Museum and founder of the the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art], which will collaborate to initiate cultural and artistic exchanges between the museum and the Italian and foreign parallel institutions in Siracusa.

At the ceremony, the mayor Giancarlo Garozzo will be present, along with Professor Paul Giansiracusa and Pietro Di Paola, organizer of a special exhibition of Jules Maidoff in Syracuse.

Jules Maidoff Donation Ceremony

Jules Maidoff Donation Ceremony

Siracusa, Il maestro Maidoff dona le prime opere al nuovo museo d’arte contemporanea

The master Jules Maidoff, a repute painter of U.S. origin, delivered this morning, the first work of art in the nascent Museum of Contemporary Art in Syracuse.

Maidoff thanked the mayor for his contribution to the city, explained that the reason for his choice of Syracuse to inaugurate the new museum with his works: “I have always known Syracuse,” he said. “I came to this town 35 years ago and have returned many times. It is a magical place, full of emotion. Coming back here gives me so much pleasure.”

On the same occasion, the Academy of Fine Arts of Syracuse gave Professor Maidoff the honoris causa” degree in Visual Arts and Performing Arts Discipline. The well-known painter was accompanied by Elizabeth A. Sackler, [Chair on the Board of Trustees at the Brooklyn Museum and founder of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art], which will collaborate to initiate cultural and artistic exchanges between the museum and the Italian and foreign parallel institutions in Siracusa. The ceremony was also attended by Professor Paul Giansiracusa and Pietro Di Paola who organized a special exhibition of Jules Maidoff in Syracuse.

Conosco da sempre Siracusa – ha sottolineato – sono venuto 35 anni fa in questa città e tornato tante volte. Un posto magico, da brividi. Tornare qui mi da tanto piacere“.

About SACI

SACI is a US non-profit College of Art and Design in Florence, Italy, for undergraduate and graduate students seeking accredited instruction in studio art, design, conservation, art history, and Italian language and culture. Founded in 1975, SACI offers the following programs: Academic Semester/Year Abroad, Late Spring & Summer Studies, Venice Summer Program, Post-Bac in Conservation, Post-Bac in Studio Art; MFA in Studio Art, MFA in Photography, MFA in Communication Design, Low-Residency MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History.

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