Awards In Italian Culture 2013

American Award to Dr. Colin B. Bailey

Dr. Colin B. Bailey became the Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in June 2013. He oversees the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park.

Prior to his arrival in California, Bailey served as Deputy Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at The Frick Collection in New York. He had been Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the National Gallery of Canada, Senior Curator at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth, and held curatorial posts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum earlier in his career.

Bailey earned a DPhil in Art History from the University of Oxford. An Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres since 2010, Bailey is a specialist in 18th- and 19th-century French art, and a recognized authority on Pierre-Auguste Renoir. He has been responsible for many celebrated catalogues and books, among them Renoir, Impressionism, and Full-Length Painting(2012); Watteau to Degas: French Drawings from the Frits Lugt Collection (2009); Gabriel de Saint-Aubin (1724-1780) (2007); Renoir Landscapes, 1865-1883 (2007); The Age of Watteau, Chardin and Fragonard: Masterpieces of 18th-century French Genre Painting (2003); Renoir’s Portraits: Impressions of an Age (1997); The Loves of the Gods: Mythological Painting from Watteau to David (1992); and The First Painters of the King: French Royal Taste from Louis XIV to the Revolution (1985). His book Patriotic Taste: Collecting Modern Art in Pre-Revolutionary Paris was awarded the Mitchell Prize for the best art history book of 2002-2003. He has taught graduate seminars in 18th-century French art at Bryn Mawr, Columbia University, and CUNY Graduate Center and has acted as a spokesperson in video, podcast, and broadcast media nationally and internationally.

Italian Award to Dr. Daniela Porro

Daniela Porro was born in 1958 and graduated cum laude from the University La Sapienza of Rome in Letters with specialization in History of Medieval and Modern Art in 1982 with Professor Maurizio Calvesi.

In 1984, after winning the course-open competition for the Italian National School of Public Administration (SSPA), she started to work for the Ministry of Cultural Heritage where for many years she was responsible for the coordination of the activities for the management and the promotion of the Italian cultural heritage, such as the National Committees for Cultural Celebrations for Andrea Mantegna, Masaccio, Mattia Preti, Parmigianino, Piero della Francesca, Pinturicchio and Caravaggio and many others.

In 2009 she successfully passed the public exam for Art Historian Directors and was initially responsible for the Superintendence for Historical, Artistic, Ethnic and Anthropological Heritage of Friuli Venezia Giulia. In 2010 she was in charge of the  Department III, Protection of Historical, Artistic, Ethnic and Anthropological Heritage, Directorate-General for Landscape, Fine Arts, and Contemporary Architecture and Arts. In this role, she was strongly committed to the protection and the safeguard  of the national heritage, also by means of cultural agreements and exchanges between Italy and foreign Governments in the sphere of exhibitions and recovery of cultural heritage.  She also contributed to the expansion of the national art collections thanks to careful procedures of acquisition (purchase, donation and disposal of goods) implemented in Italy with the coordination of the Superintendences.

In 2011 she became responsible “ad interim” for the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions where she carried out several projects aiming to improve  understanding of the museum collections. The new section of the Italian Regions  dedicated to the International Exhibition of Art of 1911, in particular, enhanced the Ethnic and Anthropological collections of the early twentieth century.  The prolific organization of events such as exhibitions, meetings and seminars and the boosting of the use of new social media like facebook and twitter drastically increased the quantity and quality of visitors.

Since 2012 (22 october), Daniela Porro is Superintendent of historical, artistic and ethno-anthropological Heritage and the Museums of the City of Rome

She has initiated the reopening of the National Museum of Musical Instruments (considered a priority objective for 2014 ) , subject to adjustment and re-equipping of the exhibition space and educational apparatus . He initiated the construction of the armory of the Museum of Palazzo Venezia ( Odescalchi collection ) and the construction of the Armory in Castel Sant'Angelo .

During the first year of office, has enhanced the activity of exploitation of the Roman Museum of Polo , promoting many exhibitions at Castel Sant’Angelo and Palazzo Venezia..  She has promoted initiatives such as guided tours on Saturday in the salons of the monumental Palazzo Venezia , as the summer festival nights at Castello 2013 , participating in the opening night last Saturday in the month of the Borghese Gallery and the Gallery National Ancient Art of Barberini Palace, with initiatives at the Galleria Spada.  In agreement with the Directorate General of Valuation is overseeing the organization of the exhibition on the seventeenth-century Rome in 2014 in Beijing, at the Museum of Tiananmen Square. She participated in the defining cultural events on the occasion of cultural exchanges Italy / USA.

Previous FIAC Awards

2012
Brian J. Ferriso
Antonia Pasqua Recchia

2011
Glenn Lowry
Rossella Vodret

2010
Malcolm Rogers
Roberto Cecchi

2008
Anne Poulet
Nicola Spinosa

2007
Phillip de Montebello
Cristina Acidini

2006
David Alan Brown
Salvatore Settis

2005
Keith Christiansen
Antonio Paolucci