During Art Basel week, Gianna DiBartolomeo (BFA ’07) had a solo exhibition at a pop-up gallery in Wynwood. Running from December 5th to 8th, 2013, Carried Away embodied the thematic combination of work and play. Using mixed media, DiBartolomeo conveyed the intermingling of life and passion. Her adoption of various media for her work, she said, stems from her education at the College of Architecture + The Arts. “[The FIU Art + Art History Department] always challenged [me] to break the confines of using one type or style of art.” For DiBartolomeo, the idea behind a work is prioritized and determines the medium that will express it. “When I make my work, I use that process and material best suited for the idea behind it.”
DiBartolomeo has been awarded the Florida Academic Honors Award and the January 2010 Audience’s Choice for MOCA’s Five Minutes of Fame. She has exhibited in locations like Miami Beach, New York, Portsmouth, and Rochester, and is included in various private collections including the David & Mona Clayton Private Collection and the Ryan Blaum Private Collection.