“Studying abroad in Florence, Italy taught me more about myself than any classroom could. I passionately dove into a new culture, learned to speak a new language and gained an appreciation for the world beyond New York City. ”
In the fall 2013 semester, Amy Pekal chose to study abroad in Florence, Italy. A double major in Business Management and Art History, Pekal couldn’t think of a better place to spend a semester. “I believe it is important to be a citizen of the world: everything is accessible if you want it to be, and foreign places should always be embraced.”
In 2019, Pekal was one of six artists selected to participate in Rituals of the Contemporary, a week-long residency program at Cittadellarte in Biella, Italy. Cittadellarte is an art and creativity laboratory and an institute of higher education offering short and long-term courses in art and social change. The program invited artists to reflect on the notion of the ritual and to envision their own performative act.