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Sunday at the Festival of Faiths in Indianapolis, an annual festival/gathering of all the religious groups in Indianapolis: the Sikhs, Moslems, Catholics, Lutherans, as well as many others.


by Amber Wright Photos courtesy of Bill Foley

Photographer Bill Foley has spent his life capturing iconic moments around the world. Known for his Pulitzer Prize winning series of a refugee camp in Lebanon and his iconic last shot of the assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, Foley is no stranger to the art of photojournalism. He started as an intern for the ‘76 Cincinnati Reds, and then independently traveled to Europe to shoot, where he became an official AP photographer.

Foley captured the relationship between newsworthy photography and artistic styles in his 2015 gallery titled, “Art Meets News,” highlighting how curators now see the beauty in photographs once only meant for magazines. This fall, FUA has the pleasure of hosting a seminar lead by the award-winning pho-

tographer in which he will demonstrate his styles and techniques. This full-day seminar, titled, “Light of Florence and Tuscany,” will focus on the natural Italian light and how its beauty can enhance a photograph. Foley’s goal for the day is for participants to “go forth, see the world, and make some great photographs!”



Photo by Gaige Dickerson

Photos by Jessica Myer

To tell a story through a photograph is a gift to cherish. To see a different world right in front of you, thanks to the click of a button, can bring out a different beauty in the places we inhabit. As of Fall 2016, DIVA will host monthly shows of FUA photography students and professionals within its Corridoio Fiorentino gallery space. On September 22, the Landscape and Architectural Photography class inaugurated the “1+1=3” exhibit that will run until October 14. “Once I saw the students' work and I put their eight different visions together, I basically borrowed from an unwritten rule: when you put together two different images or forms of art, you try to combine them in a way that will create something more than just the sum of two single things,” said Professor Marco Gualtieri, the coordinating instructor for the exhibit. 2

Each project told its own story, but together they created an unusual narrative about Florence. Judging from the observers who admired the displayed

by Gioia Sacco

images, the overall sensation was that of reading images like words right off a page. Luke Peacock, one of the featured artists, shared his project aim to capture contrast: “My works show reflective surfaces, for example. I wanted to capture the contrast that is created by a mirror image. You often get to see things you wouldn’t have noticed before, it gives you a different perspective and the actual image varies from what you see with your eyes.” I caught up with Gaige Dickerson, was also featured at the exhibit, about his project showing individuals that are almost engulfed by their architectural surroundings. He shared how the concept is centered around “how isolated people can be when compared to the huge [monumental] scale of buildings” in Italy. As stated above, capturing a story through an image is an important act and can be told in different ways to observers. The 1+1=3 exhibit exemplifies an alternative meaning of art and architecture in Florence and Italy, and challenges us through the camera lens perspective to see the city in a different way.



The next Corridoio Fiorentino photography exhibition will open on October 20 and feature the works of the Advanced Digital Photography class. In the meantime, don't miss out on the fine arts show by Juri Corti, a professional Florentine-Roman artist whose works are curated by FUA gallery students and are on display at Ganzo from October 5 until November 8.



by Blending Staff Photo by David Andre Weiss

Fall 2016 is an exciting season for Apicius wine studies students, who completed a weeklong experience at a winery grape harvest for the Table and Wine Grapes of Italy course. The hosting winery, Tenuta Casenuove, is located in San Martino a Cecione in the Greve in Chianti area between Florence and Siena. Tenuta Casenuove has typically produced Chianti Classico using 100% Sangiovese grapes, and is currently developing a top-level IGT that combines Cabernet and Merlot varieties. Students spent the Fall Intersession Week II term at the winery’s property to learn about Italian/Tuscan grape growing traditions, be involved in grape growing and harvesting operations, and observe how fermentation processes function according to wine type and company philosophy. Professor Umberto Gori, supported by Massimo Coppetti, led the following eight international students in this unique, full immersion into the world of Italian wine production: Zeynep Arslanalp (Turkey), Bradley Copeland (USA), Joseph Damiano (USA), Amber Gates (USA), Lauren Jubic (USA), Josiah Kahiu (Kenya), Nilufer Ozcelik (Turkey), and Uzair Thobani (Pakistan). 3



Photos by Vittorio Mascelli

Tomb necropolis frescoes - Tarquinia (V century BC).

Etruscans were master craftsmen, artists and architects that lived before the Romans, so why do tourists largely ignore their history? There are dozens of archeological sites filled with ancient artifacts and ruins in Tuscany that are worth seeing not only for their beauty, but for their vast historical significance that rivals that of the Renaissance. Our guide of the Etruscan ruins in Sovana, Tuscany ran his hands over the carved stone of La Via Cava, or hollow path, as we climbed upwards towards a Tuscan vineyard. These thin roads were hand-

Tomba Ildebranda - Sovana (V century BC).


carved by the Etruscans thousands of years ago to connect and communicate with Sovana, Pitigliano and other nearby towns and tombs. You can still see the notches of the tiny, individual pickaxe strokes starting from the top of the path’s 50-foot walls. As we explored the tombs, roads, and hills of the Etruscans, we were shown an interactive rendering of the area in full color and construction, as it would have looked 2,600 years ago. Through the hills, Etruscans could see each colorful, masterfully carved tufa-rock tomb from wherever they worked, walked or lived. Some tombs depicted mermaids, such as the Tomba della Sirena (The Siren's Tomb), while others depicted lions and deities guarding tombs, waiting to take them to the underworld. All of this, surrounded by picturesque hills and forest, was nothing short of majestic. It was worth the short hike to see something tourists and even locals rarely ever see. The Etruscans date back to about X century BC, and eventually dissolved into the Roman Republic in the late I century BC. The Etruscans are known for their superior bronze sculptures, detailed engraving work, and large necropolises (tombs) honoring the dead. Everything archeologists have learned about the Etruscans has been through excavation of the tombs; these ruins were the foundations of Roman construction and architecture. “Etruscan masterpieces have been in the shadow of other important attractions such as the Uffizi Gallery and Renais-



sance history in Florence. The Etruscans are worth seeing because of their incredible history, and beautiful cities unearthed for us to explore,” said Vittorio Mascelli, a PhD. candidate at La Sapienza University of Rome, specializing in the School of Etruscan Archeology. Vittorio, one of our guides (his wife was the other guide), explained the rich cultural and societal history of Etruscan burial banquets and practices. Vittorio suggests a visit to not only the Sovana, Tuscany archaeological sites, but also to the National Archeological Museum of Florence, which houses some of the most famous Etruscan artifacts ever recovered. Fiesole, Tuscany has both Etruscan and Roman ruins of temples, tombs and walls that date back to the IV century BC. One may also visit the Roman Baths and Theatre that were built after the Romans had conquered the Etruscan city. Visit Lake Accesa to see both Etruscan ruins, and bathe in the volcanic lake surrounded by nature and history. Vittorio’s once-in-a-lifetime Etruscan spot is Tarquinia in Lazio, Italy. Get inside the over 6,000tomb necropolis and see ancient paintings Vittorio describes as “incredible.” Everything is accessible by train or bus, and is no further than two hours away; the perfect day trip to explore ancient Tuscany!

Via Cava di Poggio Prisca - Sovana.


by FUA Travel Writing Students Photos by Jessica Myer

Florence can be an overwhelming city for the abundance of visual inspiration found throughout its architecture and art. It's no wonder that the Renaissance is associated with the Stendhal syndrome, a psychosomatic disorder that can occur when exposed to extreme beauty. This fall's Travel Writing students decided to explore Florentine spaces through the act of listening rather than seeing. The following articles were developed from a sensorial approach to writing in order to investigate how different creative experiences of a city can be gathered by listening to it.





SOUNDS OF HOME: SAN REMIGIO by Jennifer Gilligan

For three short, yet exhilarating weeks, I have woken up in awe as I stare out my window filled by the picturesque image of the Duomo. Every day, I step out of my hole-in-the-wall apartment door, and mindlessly shuffle through the crowd marveling at the famous landmark, and every night I return home to fresh faces. I have felt grateful and aware, but I have been wrong. Today is a different day. I

place myself in the whirring piazza 50 feet from my door. Arms outstretched, eyes sealed tight, legs squeezing the bag holding my belongings. Without looking at all, I finally see what is around me. At first I feel vulnerable to the crowds around me, as if everything I have been warned to be cautious of is about to take place, and as if I am allowing it to happen. Then suddenly I hear the

coos and whines of the babies that lull me to sleep at night. I am startled by the clinging of the bell tower that is my alarm every morning, and I am calmed by the whisper of voices all around me. My eyes are closed, but they are wide open. I am reminded through the sounds all around me that this is home. I am not to be afraid. My awareness that Firenze is now my home is strengthened by my time sitting in the classic Italian church in San Remigio. I sit in silence, praying as I would at home. Taking in the pure beauty that is around me. With my eyes closed gently and the serenity around me, I can feel the gentle touch of my mother next to me, just like Sunday at home. It reminds me that my habits in Firenze should be no different than my habits at home under the watch of my mother. Across the pond, she is still watching me, and I still have her embrace. Once again, I am home. I am abroad, yet this is home.


I am happy. Every day is the same routine. In the mornings, I sing. I sing the same time every day. But only a few people hear me. Only a few people listen. People are still sleeping. And so, I sing to myself sometimes. But I am lonely. So I sing to wake people up. I sing beautifully; I know people love my song. But it is early so many do not hear me. But 6

then I hear more people as time passes. I hear a lot. Noise. Extreme noise. Dogs bark. Babies cry. Children laugh. People argue. People scream. Cars beep. Tires screech. Doors close. Aggressiveness of sellers. Persuasion of sellers. Denial of sellers. Bikes ring. “No, No”. “1 euro each.”“Scusa!”“Ragazzi.”“Grazie.”“Ciao.” Boots. Heels. Running. Plates clack.

Knifes. Forks. Water running. Maybe there is a restaurant to the left. Or to the right. But it is very loud. I wonder where the people go. Sometimes I hear voices; different voices every day. People talk. A tour. Then, a calm aura surrounds the area. Calm. Serene. Tranquil. Not as noisy as the piazza of the Duomo, my home. But less movement and more listening. A church. There are always people here around this time. I am most happy at this time because people can listen to my song. Old, new, past, present. Then noon strikes and I begin to sing my song. People look up. The harmony of my song grasps their attention easily. Suddenly, all the noise of the people ceases for a moment. It is then that I know that people listen. I cannot see, but yet I know they listen. They all can hear my song. My song brings peace to those who listen. I am Giotto’s Bell.




Sounds race all around me, yet my mind is in peace. As I listen to the hustle and bustle of the Piazza del Duomo, my mind relaxes. All thoughts leave my head as the street performers play on their instruments while the tourists snap pictures of the Santa Maria del

Fiore. The music of the violinists harmonizes with the clinking of wine glasses at the nearby restaurants and fights for dominance over the broken English of men selling selfie sticks to tourists. In the distance, I hear an ambulance’s siren, and to my left, a child shrieks

with laughter. There is too much noise for my mind to return to its usual anxious state. Amongst the disarray, a dog growls, people shout, bikers ring their bells; chaos is around me, but I am at peace. I close my eyes as I sit in the pews of the SS. Annunziata in Florence, and my mind races. Familiar anxiety-ridden thoughts return to my head as I sit in silence. It is too early in the morning for most Florentines to be awake, and I glanced and saw only one other person besides me in this church before I closed my eyes. I started to wonder: is this stranger soaking in the peace of the silence, or is his head as turbulent as mine? Does he pray? Is he a believer? Does he ever doubt? I cannot help but envy how this stranger relaxes in the stillness of the church. For me, the silence is stifling.


FASHION WEEK’S NEWEST CHALLENGE Every change of seasons brings a new fashion week. These weeks become the biggest days of the year in the design world.

by Nicole Fish Photos by Cristina Marie Garcia

Milan fashion week took place September 23-29 and featured a range of designers, from well-known Italian brands to newer international names. Historic brands like Versace, Ferragamo, and Moschino present mind-blowing shows every year. Newer names like Atushi Nakashima must create and live up to high expectations in order to establish themselves as power players. During New York Fashion Week, brands like Yeezy presented fashion in an unconventional way, departing from traditional runway presentations. Instead of walking one by one down an indoor runway, Yeezy’s models stood in a geometric pattern outside so audiences could observe each look at their own pace. In past fashion weeks, Milan has presented a similar wave of ground-breaking presentations and apparel. Alexander McQueen is famous for its out-of-the-box runway styles. This year, brands like Barbonese and Belstaff are foregoing fashion week entirely by publishing fashion films and digital lookbooks. As always, designers’ goal during fashion week is to put on a show that stands out from the rest in a big way. This year was refreshing because that meant creating not only beautiful clothes, but a unique runway on which to display them. 7

Milan Fashion Week - September 21-27, 2016. TOD'S Spring-Summer 2017 collection (Above). Street style captured around the event (Below).





STUDENT VOICE by Gabrielle Comelleri Photo by David Andre Weiss

Planning to study abroad is a lot like online-dating. You fall in love with the country’s profile, you are drawn in by the beautiful photographs, and soon you believe you have it all figured out.

Before leaving I researched every possible aspect of my new home. When I stepped on Florentine soil I assumed that I would be an expert. Instead, I felt like Alice thrown into my own personal wonderland. I realized that the Florence I saw was through everyone else’s eyes and not my own. The fact is that no amount of research, photographs, or advice can properly convey Florence. It is a city that must be experienced by the individual. From that point on, I set out on a journey to find my Florence. As I make my way to class in the morning, the air is brisk and Florence is just waking up. Without the tourists or pestering “selfie-stick” invaders the city is dormant, but alive. The muted shades of crème, orange, and yellow combined with the rust-red rooftops highlight the blue sky. In the distance, the Ponte Vecchio becomes a calming work of art set against the beautiful backdrop of the Tuscan hills. It is when the narrow cobblestone streets become crowded, that the Renaissance city transforms. The windows of local shops gleam with one-of-a-kind treasures and the centuries-old ornate buildings stand as a reminder of the city’s history. The decorated balconies, green shutters, and humorous street-art reveal the playful side of Florence. As I walk, the musical Italian language fills my ears and the

aroma of freshly baked sweets in certain streets overwhelm me. As I cross Ponte Santa Trinita to return home, the other side of the city center lies behind me and the Arno below. Here, I normally struggle to pass tourists and dodge the rapid, oncoming cars. Sadly, in this chaos I rarely take the time to admire the Arno. It is not until being on the Arno that I received a new perspective of Florence. The river is a defining characteristic and runs as a main artery connecting the two sides. When taking a boat ride, as we did for the Writing for Digital Media class with the I Renaioli Association, one is able to see Florence in its entirety. The cityscape of Florence is transformed into a still painting longing to be admired. As I looked into the clouds reflecting upon the forest green river, I was overcome by a sense of calmness. On the river, there are no tourists, or traffic to obstruct your thoughts. I remember thinking that this is how Florence is supposed to be viewed. This was the face of Florence and its beauty was perfectly depicted in this moment. Whether I am watching the sunset by the Duomo or chatting with local Italians at the S. Ambrogio market, I am slowly finding my Florence. I do not know what experiences await, but one thing is for sure — Florence has my heart. 9



Striving for perfection, sidewalk artists called madonnari are out drawing on the streets every day. Using pastels and chalk, these men and women work to recreate and imitate famous works of art on the unusual canvas of the street.

Photo by the author

When the rain comes their work is put on hold. Typically, tourists will stop to admire the work and determination of the artists, but as the rain begins to fall, tourists flee from the rain, the artists take cover, and their work is

neglected. The chalk is washed away, walked over by those finding cover, and forgotten about until tomorrow when the sun reappears, the ground dries, and the artists begin again - striving for perfection.



by Lauren Fromin

Jake Briere studied hospitality and culinary arts during his summer session abroad at Apicius in 2013. He now works for Chobani Greek Yogurt as a Culinary Development Chef. This summer, he had the unique opportunity to travel to the Rio Olympics with his company to cook for the sponsored athletes and patrons. Read about his time at Apicius and experience at the Olympics here. Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a 27-year-old food enthusiast with a passion for making people happy through cooking. I think the best feeling in the world is when you receive thanks for delivering someone an incredible eating experience – there is simply nothing else like it. I currently live in Brooklyn, NY and work for Chobani Greek Yogurt as a Culinary Development Chef. 10

What was your ultimate goal when enrolling in the FUA culinary study abroad program? When I enrolled in this program, my main goal was to try to understand food from a different perspective than what I had seen before. I knew that Italian cooking and the gastronomy of Italian cuisine was a special concept and I wanted to better understand why.



What is one of your favorite memories during your studies in Italy? One of my most enjoyable moments was a food and farm tour that we took in the Parma region. We visited a Caseificio (cheese farm) and a Prosciuttificio (ham factory) to learn the steps of how Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma were made. I quickly realized it is so much more than just making cheese and cured meat. It is a tradition, an understanding of a cycle of sustainability, and a knowledge of how to create the best quality ingredients. In short, the wind that comes off the coast carries a specific bacteria to the fields that the cows then eat, flavoring the milk used to produce one of the highest quality cheeses in the world. The excess whey from the production of the cheese is fed to the pigs, which are then used to create one of the finest cured meats we have all come to love. These foods can only be made in this region using this technique to earn the title they have been given. My time in Italy was very rewarding throughout the entire experience. I really enjoyed all the different farms that we were able to tour throughout the trip. The local producers were always so happy to teach us about the craft that they and their families have been perfecting for centuries. It was truly a once in a lifetime trip. Where do you work now and what do you do there? I now work for Chobani Greek Yogurt as a Culinary Development Chef in NYC. I create recipes using our line of products to inspire people to cook with Greek Yogurt at home. I also help develop relationships with the foodservice companies who want to use our product on their menus to improve nutritional outcome, flavor, and capitalize on the current Greek yogurt trend. How did FUA prepare you for what you are doing now, and how did you find out and apply for your current position? One of the most valuable lessons that FUA helped instill in me was to never settle for a lesser quality of ingredient. This really came in handy when making the decision to switch from restaurants to a corporate CPG marketing role. As someone who cares about the integrity of food, I have to make sure that the products I work with are of the highest quality on the market. I had an opportunity to do some contract work with Chobani as a brand ambassador early on and was able to form a relationship with the Director of Culinary for the company, who asked me to come on full time to form a development chef position based in NYC. Can you tell us more about your opportunity with the Rio Olympics? What you were tasked with there, were you excited - how do you feel about it? The summer games in Rio are a special time for everyone around the world. It was especially exciting for myself and the entire Chobani team as we were able to attend the games as a sponsor to support our athletes and patrons. We have been working with the United States Olympic Committee

Photo courtesy of Jake Briere

throughout the year, creating nutritionally forward recipes for our sponsored athletes to help them train to the best of their abilities by fueling their bodies with only natural ingredients. More specifically, while in Rio we hosted several events throughout the Olympics, including a dinner at the USA House called "Taste of Chobani". I feel very fortunate be able to experience the games and to cook for the members of the USA House during such a special time. What are the most valuable skills you acquired through FUA? There were a lot of different skills that I was able to acquire through my time in Italy that have helped me improve as a chef. Organization and cleanliness are qualities I had always practiced, but further honed during my time at FUA. The kitchen space, refrigeration, and storage in Florence was very limited so everyone was forced to work tight, clean, and very organized at all times or else things would get out of control quickly. Since then, having to work in tight or crowded spaces with a lot of different projects at once has been much easier for me. What advice do you have for future FUA students? Plan ahead as best as you possibly can, thinking of every little detail, while also knowing that you cannot foresee what awaits you around each corner. 11



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