SACI is pleased to announce that the 2016 SACI Consortium Residency has been awarded to Jarrett Min Davis, Associate Professor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), Boston, MA. Jarrett holds a Master of Fine Arts (2005) from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Hoffberger School of Painting in Baltimore, MD, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art (1998) from the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH.
Jarrett states that he is very interested in “pursuing continued scholarship and study into the mind and techniques of Paolo Uccello. Of particular interest is Niccolo Mauruzi da Tolentino unseats Bernardino Della Ciarda at the Battle of San Romano currently at the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence. This residency will provide a first hand opportunity to closely study the egg tempera technique Paolo Uccello used, as well as a chance to live and work in the same city as one of my artistic heroes. I am interested in the military and martial history of the city of Florence and how savage times of war coincided with the high minded ideals of the Italian Renaissance.”
Looking at Jarrett’s work, one can see how early Renaissance techniques and geometric designs have influenced it. He continues, “This residency will have an enormous impact on my own work which is finding ways to document the current military and lengthy conflicts taking place in the Middle East, particularly Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. I am interested in creating a new body of work that takes into account a landscape and civilization re-made by conflict and war. Getting a chance to experience Florence and Paolo Uccello’s work first hand will be an amazing opportunity to advance my own knowledge and scholarship.”
Visit Jarrett’s website at http://jarrettmindavis.com/.
The SACI Consortium Residency provides artists and scholars with living and studio space in the historic center of Florence during the month of June. Recipients are able to spend a month in one of the world’s greatest art cities, interact with SACI faculty and students, and participate in numerous field trips to other cities in Italy.