The Nemo Gonano Prize, established last spring by the Rotary Club Maniago-Spilimbergo in memory of Dr. Nemo Gonano, who was an active member of the Rotary Club and for ten years, from 1994 to 2004 president of the Consortium for the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli. Person of great culture, acute, curious, profound, he had dedicated himself in his career to the school world and public administration. His interest in the social sector had also turned into a political commitment, covering the role of President of the Regional Council from 1991 to 1993. He had arrived at the Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli in a period of great difficulty, not only economic: it was he who gave a turning point to a crisis that undermined the very identity and survival of the School. The management reorganization and the organization of an updated and more specific training plan represented the engines of a turning point for an institution that today confirms itself as an international center for higher education in the mosaic and terrace sector.
This 2021 edition is therefore the first edition of the Gonano Award, aimed at students of the second course and assigned to the best mosaic essay made at the end of the year as proof of access to the next course.
It was the president of the Rotary Club Maniago-Spilimbergo Davide Petralia and the past president Sergio Dus who awarded the Fornasari pupil. His mosaic is an optical work, which is inspired by the paintings of Victor Vasarely and develops a graphic and chromatic game between the flat support and the curving surface on which the tiles are arranged.
Also present at the event was Eleonora Gobbato, Councilor for the budget of the Municipality of Montereale Valcellina (a member participating in the Consorzio per la Scuola Mosaicisti del Friuli) to whom the mosaic will go to be exhibited in a public space.
It was recalled that Dr. Gonano used to conclude his interventions with the Latin exhortation “Ad maiora” and with this same wish the award ceremony was concluded, encouraging the students who are currently following the second course and to whom the Gonano 2022 Award to commit themselves in their path with tenacity and passion to acquire all those skills that will allow them to become “Mosaic Masters”.
26 November 2021