New CIAO Website!

CIAO is Celebrating the 50th Anniversary year with a new website! Check it out at  It is still a bit “under construction”, some tweaks and additions still to be made, but this Fall this original CIAO website will transition to the new site. We are also introducing our own CIAO Facebook Page click to […]

Cortona on the Move: Call for Your Images!

CALLING ALL CORTONA ALUMNI! In 2019, UGA Cortona will celebrate FIFTY YEARS of programs in Cortona, and we want YOU to share your memories! We’re looking for photographs and stories, a selection of which will be on display in a special exhibition in next summer’s Cortona On The Move photography festival, and published in a […]

Bulldog Broadcaster Chuck Dowdle Visits Cortona

Legendary sportscaster Chuck Dowdle, host of “Georgia Bulldogs Gameweek,” took a tour through the University of Georgia’s campus in Cortona, Italy. This segment aired Saturday June 2 on WSB-TV.  The Kehoe Center, Piazza della Rebbuplica, an interview with director Chris Robinson, the Mostra…a lot is covered! Thank you WSB and Chuck Dowdle for a quick […]

Spring Mostra 2018

The Spring Mostra was a really fabulous exhibition and everyone agrees that this semester’s opening reception in Palazzo Ferretti was a grand success! Our Spring students and faculty made many friends in Cortona this semester, many of whom came to see their artworks and wish them well as the semester winds down. Check out more […]

Save these Dates! Celebrate Cortona’s 50th Anniversary in 2019

TWO CORTONA 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS IN 2019: In Cortona: Saturday June 8, 2019. Cortona 50th Anniversary CELEBRATION! A special Celebratory Ceremony will be held on Saturday June 8th. In Atlanta: August 10, 2019. Cortona 50th Anniversary Celebration & Reunion! City Springs Center Enjoy an evening of Italian fare & reconnect with old friends. More information […]

Stephanie True Moss

The UGA Cortona family is one fewer, since we lost our dear friend and constant supporter Stephanie True Moss  to Lymphoma on Thursday, April 26. An alumna of summer 1976, Stephanie loved Cortona and the UGA program, and gave endlessly of her time and professional expertise to promote our mission over the years. She was […]

Finster Meets Fellini Meets Philip Neri

April 14 was a night of la dolce vita! An event celebrating art, optimism and a shared passion for our special corner of Tuscany. Cortona friends gathered to help restore San Filippino, a beautiful little 17th century baroque chapel located in in Cortona’s neighboring hill town Castiglion Fiorentino. This Friends of San Filippino inaugural U.S. […]

Kinzey Branham

On March 9, 2018 Kinzey Branham passed from this world, and UGA Cortona lost a friend and a beloved sculpture instructor who touched the lives of many of our students over the years. Kinzey first taught stone carving and bronze casting in Cortona in 2007, and returned three more times over the years to be […]

Annual “Athens Mostra” & Reunion held Jan. 20, 2018

The UGA Cortona 2017 Reunion Exhibition was on display in the Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA in Athens from January 4-20, 2018. Following an annual tradition that has continued for forty-eight years, the year’s Cortona program alumni gathered for a reunion on at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Student & faculty works […]

Fall 2017 UGA Cortona Bocce Tournament

The 2017 Fall UGA Cortona Bocce Tournament was epic. The autumn weather was splendid and the competition was fierce. Experienced dawgs fell and neophyte players excelled in surprising ways. At the end of the day, “i Cri” (Chris and Kris) won by a hair, with Caleb and Jacqueline coming in a close second. Thanks to […]