Arts and Humanities

The Art Gallery at UWF presents “In Between,” an Open Studio Summer Residency and Exhibition by Marzia Ransom

The Art Gallery at the University of West Florida, presents “In Between,” an open studio residency and exhibition by Marzia Ransom. The residency is ongoing throughout the summer and will include three public workshops to share her processes on July 15 and July 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at TAG.

The public is also invited to visit her open studio hours on Fridays throughout the summer from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The residency culminates in an exhibition of her finished work on view from August 4, with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. A gallery talk will take place on Thursday, September 15, from 5 to 8 p.m., with live music and refreshments. TAG is located in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82 on the UWF Pensacola campus. All events are free and open to the public.

The discussion regarding Ransom’s second solo exhibition at TAG began when she received a commission from The Basilica of Saint Mary in Alexandria, VA, the first Catholic parish in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Working in oil and gold leaf, Ransom is painting a sacra conversazione, or “sacred conversation,” as well as a large-scale triptych depicting the Dormition and Assumption with archangels. For her current work, Ransom draws on Italian and Northern Renaissance iconography to interrogate the multifaceted historical and apocryphal role of the Virgin Mary as a woman and a holy figure.

During her residency, Ransom, a UWF alumna with a Master of Fine Art from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, is working with a team of students in the style of a Renaissance bottega, teaching pigment making, sketching, daily practice development and gold leaf application.

For more information, please contact Cat Gambel, Gallery Director, TAG at or TAG at

The Art Gallery at the University of West Florida seeks to challenge, stimulate and engage students and the greater public through direct interaction with works of innovative art.

Photo provided by William Howell