2014 Student Reunion & Exhibition Jan.17

Join the annual reunion, closing ceremony, and reception for the yearly student and faculty exhibition from the year 2014!

Willson Center Presents Inaugural Research Seminar at Cortona

The Legacy of Classical Antiquity: Re-visioning the Past, September 18-19, 2014 The inaugural research seminar, The Legacy of Classical Antiquity: Re-visioning the Past, explores the legacy of classical antiquity as the nexus of the visual and cultural history of Italy and its modern interpretations. The conference offers a unique opportunity to examine material culture and […]

Key to the City of Athens Presented in Celebration of 45th Year

Now celebrating its 45th consecutive summer and with over 8000 alumni, the University of Georgia’s residential center in Cortona, Italy continues to enrich the lives of participating students and faculty.  The relationship established by founder and former Director of the program John D. Kehoe, was reinforced when Athens, Georgia and Cortona, Italy became Sister Cities […]

CIAO Gathering Jan. 8, in Atlanta

New Year Gathering! Buon Capo d’Anno Cortona alumni and friends gathered Wednesday, January 8 braving cold weather chills at Marcello’s (formerly Buckhead Italian Market) in Atlanta. We all reminisced, shared some memorabilia and re-lived our time on our favorite hill-top in Tuscany. Current Director Chris Robinson, past Directors Rick Johnson and R.G. Brown were there, […]

You Can Go Back! September 12 – 22

Hurry… it’s not too late to secure one of the remaining slots. Capture the essence of Cortona again, or for the first time, in a 10 day painting (all media welcome) and photography workshop for all levels. Savor extraordinary Tuscan cuisine; enjoy a vineyard tour, wine and olive oil tasting, cooking lessons, art demonstrations, museum […]

2013 – Year of Italian Culture in the United States

Fellow Italy lovers…2013 is The Year of Italian Culture in the United States! Enjoy! The concept of 2013 is to showcase Italian culture and what it means to individuals living in America.  Numerous events are scheduled all over the United States for the duration of 2013. These events will celebrate the year of Italian culture […]

Italian Ambassador to U.S. Visits Atlanta

  Cortona Director Participates in Ambassador’s Program His Excellency Mr. Claudio Bisogniero, the Ambassador of Italy to the United States visited Atlanta during March as part of the year of Italian Culture in America. Several events were scheduled during the Ambassador’s visit, focusing on Italian influence in both the academic and business communities in Atlanta. An […]

Cortona Alumni gathered for Locandine Reception in November

A lively crowd of Cortona Alumni and friends gathered at the Lamar Dodd School of Art on November 4th to peruse the vintage Cortona posters on display and enjoy an Italian spread of cheeses, appetizers and wine. See some photos from the event below. This exhibition showcased some of the inventive and original designs used […]

CIAO Gathers in Atlanta to Meet and Greet Chris

 A Large Group of Cortona Alumni Gathered in Atlanta! The alumni organization of the Lamar Dodd School of Art Cortona Studies Abroad Program, CIAO, sponsored a gathering on March 22 in Atlanta to “Meet the Director” over Pizza and Wine. Director Chris Robinson was there from Cortona to meet, greet, and reminisce. Recently retired Director […]

“The Genius of a Place” Update

A Progress Update on “Genius” $20,000 raised through private donations to fund editing We’ve been working for over two years on an unfunded basis and realized during the summer of 2011 that we’d gotten to the point in which we couldn’t continue work on the film without outside help. Because of this we decided to […]