2012 Simonetta Vespucci Awardee. Originally a painter, Donatella Mei began creating site-specific Plexglas light sculptures in 1990. Her efforts fostered Art Light Collection and White Light, collaborative projects with Targetti. Like many of history’s greatest women artists, Donatella trained with her artist father. Her work is primarily inspired by natural elements, oriental motifs and transparency. Her creativity has made its mark on some of Florence’s most memorable exhibitions in recent years including Per Isabella at Villa Cerroti Giudi, inspired by an early feminist and the favorite daughter of Cosimo I de’ Medici and Diafano at the Museo Marino Marini. Her sculpture Escape from the Uffizi, a unique work combining Plexiglas, brass, dry-point engraving and silkscreen painting, is one of the few works by a contemporary women artist in Florence’s Gallery of Modern Art.