By Francesca La Scala
Photo by Sydney McCourt
Normally, Corso dei Tintori, 21 is just the main entrance to one of the various Florence University of the Arts locations, but on Thursday, September 20th, Corridoio Fiorentino displayed an elegant photo gallery. Three FUA students, Ushna Azeem, Donald Blair, and Eric Molloy displayed their works that depicted landscape and architecture of Florence and Tuscany at the Elements: Stories of Matter photo exhibition. There was aperitivo, photography, and plenty of conversation.
The best part of the night, though, was not what was there, but who was there. This is one of many events that FUA hosts that brings students, staff, faculty, and Florentines together into the same room. While people come to appreciate the art, they stay for the social aspect of the occasion.
Two FUA students, Ariana and Ethan, agree that they are grateful that FUA hosts events such as this for two reasons. One, it allows students to see the work of their peers for inspiration and to see the mindfulness of art others have at FUA. Two, it builds a greater sense of community within FUA and within Florence.
It is important that students get a chance to practice the skills they are learning. At FUA photo exhibitions, you will find students serving food because they are part of Apicius, PR and digital writing students are there with JSchool, and photography and videography students are from DIVA. All these students can use FUA events to hone in on their skills and feel comfortable knowing they are surrounded by many peers for support.
While there are plenty of students there to learn and grow, other students are there to relax and mingle with people they may not have the opportunity to talk to normally.
Professors attending Elements were having lively conversations with fellow photography-loving students and community members while enjoying a sandwich or a hummus cup prepared by other students.
The entire event is shrouded in FUA spirit. The community of the school has such a unique chance when they mingle at events like Elements to absorb the passion for art that FUA embraces.
Elements: Stories of Matter will be on display at Corridoio Fiorentino until October 17th.