Conclusion of the centenary event
With an eye to the future and to the next appointments, the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli greeted the large audience present at the event which officially closed the celebrations of its centenary.
On this occasion, all the events that punctuated 2022 curated and organized to celebrate the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli and the art of mosaic were retraced through a film: from the awards received at the Presidency of the Senate in Rome and in the Regional Council in Trieste , to the exhibitions that have brought the works of the School’s students from Spilimbergo to Lyon, from the many meetings with illustrious guests to explore topics related to the role of the mosaicist today, to contemporary forms of expression, to craftsmanship, to the tradition of the workshop and to the relationships as well as collaborations with realities, associations, professionals who have not only wanted to pay homage to the School, but have actively participated to recognize and affirm the international excellence of this Institution.
The President of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, Stefano Lovison, in greeting the public, underlined the values of beauty, quality, culture, tradition and innovation that have allowed the Scuola to reach the milestone of one hundred years and to continue to look to the future with confidence. The Mayor of Spilimbergo Enrico Sarcinelli underlined the pride that the School represents in Italy and in the world, so there are many activities and events which, also thanks to the presence of the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli, give due prominence to Spilimbergo as a City of Mosaic.
Gian Piero Brovedani, director of the School, wanted to remember the masters who over the decades have transmitted knowledge and passion to the many students with their work and applauded the whole team that today makes up the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli.
The celebratory event was also an opportunity to award three prizes born out of the will of public and private subjects to give credit to the work of some students who have particularly distinguished themselves.
Two students of the first course, Aurora Margarita and Erika Fantin, were awarded the “Gian Domenico Facchina Prize” promoted by the Municipality of Sequals to honor the famous mosaic artist originally from Sequals. It was the mayor Enrico Odorico who recalled the work of many mosaic artists abroad who yesterday, like today, leave their mark in many places around the world. The mosaic thus becomes the expression of art and skills that must be learned and exercised. For this reason, for several years the Municipality of Sequals has been addressing the students of the first course, rewarding the most deserving essays at the end of the year.
The “Nemo Gonano Award” set up by the Rotary Club Maniago-Spilimbergo in memory of Dr. Nemo Gonano, who in addition to being an active member of the Rotary Club, was for ten years, from 1994 to 2004, president of the Consortium for the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli. The award was presented by Andrea Fiore, president of the Rotary Club Maniago-Spilimbergo who, in continuity with the thought of Nemo Gonano, underlined the importance of study and the ability to learn and improve throughout life. The Gonano Prize was awarded to the pupil Margherita Toffolo for a three-dimensional mosaic entitled “Life, birth, rebirth”.
The “Pietro Ronzat Award” originates from Pietro Ronzat’s desire to support young Master Mosaicists who achieve the qualification at the end of the third course. Supported by the company SEPOL srl, it was conferred by Giacomo Ronzat in ex-aequo to Giovanni Manara and Chiara Fornasari creators and executors of two abstract mosaics with a strong impact.
Thanks to the collaboration with Friulovest Banca, the competition “A Mosaic … in the School” was set up precisely for the centenary of the School, reserved for primary and secondary schools of the I and II level of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region. The competition was a considerable success with the participation of 48 schools and the submission of over 1100 entries, including drawings, graphic projects, paintings and collages. The winning schools were therefore revealed by the president of Friulovest Banca Lino Mian, which in addition to the cash prize made available by Friulovest Banca, will see their sketch transformed into a mosaic by the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli.
The winners were: the primary school “G. Fontanini of Villanova di San Daniele del Friuli, the “G. Randaccio” in Cervignano del Friuli, the “Max Fabiani” Art School in Gorizia.
The prizes were collected by the students of class IV of the “G. Fontanini”, who proposed a collective work that depicts the landscape of the Tagliamento, accompanied by the teachers Francesca Furlano, Francesca Blasutti and Ornella Candusso. It was a row of country willows created by the student Elena Daniella Call (class III D) that made the Randaccio School win, represented by the teachers Francesca Piani, Monica Zamolo and Lucia Duca. For secondary schools, it was the graphic sketch by Arman Delic, a student in class III A, that convinced: in it the region is synthesized by references to the landscape, wine and the Barcolana. With the teachers Ivan Crico and Fabio Gonnelli he collected the prize assigned to the Art School in Gorizia.
At the end of the morning, Councilor Stefano Zannier wanted to once again recall the many events that have dotted the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli and made it a protagonist in its one hundredth year. It was not a look only at the past, but a reflection that turns above all to the future, because it is in this looking forward that one’s history finds meaning: one hundred years dedicated to the training of mosaicists, to the creation of mosaic works, to the promotion of mosaic art.
Time of delivery of the “A Mosaic … in School” Award
11 December 2022