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Ferdinanda Florence

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About the Artists:

Ferdinanda Florence was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in Arlington, VA.  She received a degree in art history and studio art at The American University in 1994, and has continued to pursue a successful professional life as a scholar, teacher, and practicing artist.  She earned her Master’s degree in art history at the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1998.

 

A second-generation Armenian-America, Ferdinanda has explored in her research the role of place in artistic expression.  Her Master’s thesis detailed the link between Armenian religious rituals and church architecture.  In her travel to sites in France, Italy, and Germany, she has researched the symbolism of doorway and floor decoration in Romanesque buildings.  In her artwork, she uses industrial sites in her home city of Vallejo to explore issues of place on a more personal level. 

 

Ferdinanda’s exhibitions reflect her varied interests and concerns.  Her work has appeared at the Di Rosa Preserve, Napa (“All in the Family IV,” 2005); the University of San Francisco Law School (“Creative Justice: A Social Art Exhibit,” 2005); and as set decoration for a Bay Area Playwrights Festival performance at the Magic Theater, San Francisco (“As American As,” 2006).  Her drawings were selected for exhibition at the next FATE Biennial Conference at the Savannah College of Art and Design in April, 2013.

Résumé:

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2015    New Beginnings, Elisa Contemporary Art, New York, NY

            Aqua Art Miami (FL), Elisa Contemporary Art, NY

2014    Ferdinanda Florence/Wynne Hayakawa, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

            Altered Landscapes, Arts Benicia

2013    FATE Juried Members Exhibition, Savannah, GA

2012    Summer in South Park (Again) Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

 

2011    Ferdinanda Florence/Wynne Hayakawa, Andrea Schwartz Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2006    Bay Area Playwrights Festival, Magic Theater, San Francisco, CA  Artwork to accompany the performance of “As American As”

2005    All in the Family IV, Di Rosa Preserve, Napa, CA

Creative Justice: A Social Justice Art Exhibit, University of San Francisco Law School, San Francisco, CA

 

Presentations

2011    FATE Conference, St. Louis, MO, “What’s Appreciation Got to Do with It?”

 

Publications

Textbook:

2014    Approaches to Art:  A Journey in Art Education, Cognella Academic Publishing

 

Education

San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2010    Master of Fine Arts: Painting,

 

University of Maryland at College Park, College Park, MD

1999    Doctoral research, Western Medieval art,

1998    Master of Arts: Art History, Eastern Medieval art (Armenian)

1996    Graduate Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship,

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The American University, Washington, DC 

1994    Bachelor of Arts: Art History and Studio Art (Summa Cum Laude)


 

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