In 1998 the SACI consortium was created based on the fact that an ever growing number of Art Schools of Universities, Art Colleges and Departments of Art at Colleges had an established yet informal regular relationship with Studio Art Centers International. The original idea was to define and enlarge on the existing connections with a view to involving the full support of serious art educators and students.
What began fairly humbly is now an articulated association with annual meetings in Florence of the 50 member institutions. A forum for the exchange of ideas and concerns related to art education and foreign study has been realized. The cross-over review of problems by administrators from differing institutions has already brought results and given birth to practical solutions. Since SACI is at maximum enrollment the area most discussed is how to make it more certain that the student for whom SACI is the best challenge is enabled and informed about the opportunity. An annual full tuition scholarship for a Consortium student has been realized as well as many visiting faculty grants. The Consortium is another demonstration that SACI is about excellence in foreign study.
SACI is pleased to offer an exciting residence opportunity open to artists or scholars currently teaching at a college or university that is a member of the SACI Consortium. Click for details about the Consortium Residency.
SACI also offers a Consortium Scholarship, which is a full tuition award. The scholarship is intended to provide a talented student, who would otherwise not have the opportunity to study abroad, with the experience of studying at SACI, in Florence. Click for details.