Rowe Building, Printers Rowe
714 S. Dearborn, Chicago
Past studio spaces have been essential and transformative in the neighborhoods in which they have been established. In 1977, Virginio with other members of the arts community bought and renovated a dilapidated building in Printer’s Row, Chicago. This arts driven initiative helped to revive an entire area of the city of Chicago and, as a result, dramatically increased the neighborhood’s desirability as a residential and business environment.
Ex-Arsenale, Verona, Italy
In 2001 the City of Verona granted Ferrari the use of the an abandoned old armory to produce, store work and run workshops leading up to and after his 2003 retrospective at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna-Palzzo Forti, Verona, Italy. During the years Ferrari rehabbed the condition of the interior and exterior elements of the armory.
In 2010 Ferrari moved into a rehabbed farm house adding an outdoor sculpture garden, gallery and modest work space. The Tuscany studio is located in the country-side of the medieval town of Guardistallo (Provence of Pisa). The Mediterranean Sea lies 10 km East and Volterra stands 20 km to the West, while the Carrara marble quarries where Virginio often works is 90 minutes to the north.