Olivia is a visual artist and also the Undergraduate Admissions & Advising Assistant for the School of Art + Art History. Her duties include answering prospective students’ + parents’ admission questions, offering enrollment and advisement support to current students, and coordinating SA+AH events and tours in conjunction with the student ambassador program. She also supports the preparation of the SA+AH’s schedule of courses and overall operation of the Undergraduate Advising office.
She earned both a BFA in Studio Art and an undergraduate certificate in Arts in Medicine from the University of Florida in 2018. Olivia specializes in painting and interdisciplinary art, and often incorporates written words and text in her creations. Growing up in South Florida, she moved up to Gainesville in 2015 to complete her undergraduate studies. Inspired by the sprawling live oaks and natural springs of the Gainesville area, her recent body of work has focused largely on landscape imagery that she imbues with exaggerated, vibrant colors and forms. Her series, Mindscapes, in particular uses a meditative repetition of strokes and intuitive color decisions to create compositions that reference geological stratification and natural forms. Unconcerned with representing literal scenes or real spaces, this work embraces the intrinsic therapeutic qualities of art-making and can be likened to stream-of-consciousness writing.
Olivia has two years of professional experience working for both the Center for Arts in Medicine and UF Health Shands Arts in Medicine (AIM). She also volunteered with Shands AIM in both clinical and community settings throughout her upperclassmen years at UF. As an AIM practicum student, Olivia developed an interdisciplinary program called Painting with Poetry that she offered at the bedside to patients on the orthopedic unit at Shands Cancer Hospital and at weekly workshops at Oak Hammock, a local assisted living facility affiliated with the University of Florida. While she facilitated the bedside and workshop practices with different approaches, Olivia found that patients and assisted living residents were more likely to participate when offered more than one avenue for creativity. In 2020 Olivia also served as a literary artist in residence for Shands AIM. During her residence, she developed poetry + creative writing resources and facilitated personalized literary arts engagements for patients at their bedside.
"Ultimately, I would like my art practice to communicate the inherent poetry in the creative process. Marks and colors synthesize to create pictorial compositions just as words and lines combine to create written compositions."
To see examples of my work, please visit my art portfolio here: https://oliviaardizzone.portfoliobox.net/portfolio