Cortona Alum soon to debut “Santa’s Boot Camp”, a family Christmas film

Soon to debut : Santa’s Boot Camp Cortona graduate Ken Feinberg’s award winning family Christmas movie.  A movie the entire family can watch together. Ken been producing, directing, writing, and acting for over 25 years in award-winning films, hit television series and major theater projects in Los Angeles, New York, Florida and Atlanta. Winning numerous […]

Alum Ken Feinberg Sponsoring Writer’s Retreat in Cortona

Beginners or seasoned writers can join Ken for this one-of-a-kind creative work/study/vacation in your favorite hill town. He is offering a special $300 discount to Cortona Alumni and a matching donation to the Friends of Cortona Fund. Click here for the details. A few slots remain: June 11 –June 21, 2015. Cortona Alum Ken Feinberg […]

Carol Acquilano publishes “A Sketchbook of Cortona”

Carol Acquilano attended Cortona in summer session of 1981 and returned to Cortona with the UGA Studies Abroad Program during the fall of 1985 as Artist in Residence. Since then Carol has returned to Cortona 10 times to draw and paint the town and landscape. She has been on the curatorial staff at The University […]

Shelly Wischhusen

Shelly Wischhusen, a Cortona student in 1973, was cleaning out her attic and recently uncovered this wonderful linoleum block print of Cortona and shared it with us.  She found the linoleum block to boot! Shelly is the Chief Preparator of Installations at the Philips Collection in Washington DC.  She has maintained close ties with the […]

Claire Shurley: My Cortona Experience

I’m sure you know this from experience, but Cortona and the relationship UGA has built there is truly special and unlike anything I have seen in any other study abroad program.  The environment is quite perfect, and gave me the opportunity to grow in ways I never imagined—as a young adult, and an artist.  I […]

Daniel Smith: Italian Perspective and the New Media

Daniel Smith, is a recent “Cortona Experience” scholar whose well-received solo show “Monumental” was on display last fall at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The exhibition included “Inferno,” a 30-foot mural of hell and “Music of the Spheres, ” a constantly turning but never changing video mural synchronized to original music, which circulates around […]

Jill Schultz McGannon

Jill Schultz McGannon received her MFA in Painting from the University of Georgia in 1988, and has supported herself as an artist since then. She lives North of Atlanta with her artist husband Patrick and their nine year old daughter Annabel. She shows at galleries in Atlanta, GA, Savannah, GA, Santa Fe, NM, and Chicago, […]

Amy Brier

It was exactly 30 years ago this past summer that I was a student in the program. This past summer I returned as a professor of sculpture. In 1982 I “smelled the stone dust for the first time”, and was hooked. I was inspired by the sculptor professor at that time, Horace Farlowe. After returning […]

Mary Ellen Rand Featured Artist in “Sights and Sounds of Summer”

Mary Ellen Rand was the feature artist at the Helen Arts & Heritage Center in Helen Georgia from July 19 – September 15. Her art for the “Sights and Sounds of Summer” exhibit featured a collection of works in oils providing a vibrant, whimsical portrayal of nature. “My oils are impressionistic realism with strong color […]

Eric Fitzpatrick Show held at Chattanooga’s River Gallery

Eric Fitzpatrick recently held a showing of his latest paintings at Chattanooga’s River Gallery in the Bluff View Arts District. All new and wilder than ever, his Musician Series continues to grow and evolve in exciting ways, including 3D collage.The patrons enjoyed the wildest taste of New Orleans that you will ever see framed! Visit […]