Le immagini della fantasia, an international exhibition of illustration for children, makes its U.S. debut at USF Sarasota-Manatee

The International Exhibition of Illustration for Children, “Le immagini della fantasia,” based in Sàrmede (Province of Treviso) has been a traveling exhibit since 1983 and will make its debut in the United States at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM) on March 14, 2011.  The exhibit is made possible by the Sarasota Sister Cities Association, working in partnership with USFSM and Sarasota’s Sister City, Treviso, Italy.  Serving the purposes of continual improvement, teaching & training, “Le immagini della fantasia” boasts over 300 illustrations by 150 artists from around the world.

With typical attendance around 30,000 visitors per year in Sàrmede, worldwide exhibition centers receive an average of 15,000 guests viewing the illustrations.  “I am so happy that USF Sarasota-Manatee has been able to collaborate with the Sarasota Sister Cities Association to bring such a unique art exhibit to our area,” said Dr. Jane Rose, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at USFSM.  “USF Sarasota-Manatee strives to be an accessible center for educational enrichment, serving the people of our area.  We also strive to promote the benefits of global connection, which is epitomized by this exhibit.  As a sister city of Treviso, Italy, Sarasota is the only site in the U.S. to host this international exhibit from Foundation for the Promotion of Children’s Book Illustrations.”

The exhibit will begin with an opening celebration on March 14, 2011 from 4:00-5:30pm at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee and will remain on display on the 3rd floor of the building until April 15 showcasing 63 pieces of original art.  The public is welcome to view the art between 10am – 6pm Monday – Friday and 10am – 4pm on Saturdays.  If you are interested in attending the opening, please contact Alessandra De Stefanis at frentana@verizon.net or 941-966-5131 to make a reservation.  The opening celebration is free and open to the public but reservations are highly recommended.