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From the 2012 RomeArtProgram has selected Emily Thompson Alumna
to contribute to Throwback Thursday

–>Emily Thompson: At eighteen years old I packed up a suitcase and hoped on a plane to Europe.
I had been accepted to a month long intensive art program known as the Rome Art Program, which focused on plein-air painting and drawing.  This month may have been one of the most life changing experiences of my life.   At the time I had a limited formal artistic education, so my skills were a bit unsophisticated.  I got caught up on the details, which young artists frequently do.  The Rome Art Program changed all of this for me. I learned to take risks in my work. To put a mark down and leave it.  To feel the energy of a subject and attempt to capture that.  But most of all I learned a love of plein-air painting. Nothing will ever compare to sitting amongst the hustle and bustle of the city and creating. To feel the eyes of strangers peeking over my shoulder, and to see an appreciative smile on their faces as they walked away.  But above all plein-air painting captures memories.  Even now as I flip through my work from my time in Rome, I find that each piece takes me back to the exact moment in time when I was working on it. I can remember the smell, the noise, the feel of the air on my face, and the emotions I was experiencing while working.  Nothing in the world can capture a moment in that way. Throughout my short time with the Rome Art Program, I had so many fantastic experiences. From making new friends from around the world, to learning about a new culture, and to appreciating the artistic haven that is Rome.
Since my time in Rome, I went on to attend one of the best art schools in the country, Tyler School of Art, Temple University. While there, I studied painting and art history. In the summer of 2015 I returned to Rome to study abroad with Temple, wishing to immerse myself in the beauty of the city which I had fallen in love with.
During my time in school I created two murals, one for a small town diner, and the other for The Ronald McDonald Charity House. I had a solo show at the Stella Elkins Gallery, where I showed a body of work expressing the drama of capturing the tension in a single moment. A year later I participated in a group show titled ‘Social Art’.  Following my graduation I worked in an art center for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After a year and half enjoying making art and finding creative solutions I decided to follow my love of travel and I left the country to volunteer for a year in Ireland. Currently that is where I reside, making art and seeing where my love of art and travel will take me next.

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Professor Irene Barberis at Canterbury – Tapestry of Light

The Canterbury Cathedral’s Chapter House is a dramatic setting for artist Irene Barberis’ glowing tapestry, The Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination, immersing the viewer in a neon coloured story of war, peace and the promise of hope. This internationally significant work is a giant illuminated tapestry, spread across 14 panels, 36 metres long by 3 metres high, made from glowing fibres of threads and light especially constructed using nanoparticle technology developed at the RMIT Design Research Institute. Open 10.00-16.00 Mon-Sat, between 11 and 18 November.

Read more about Professor Irene Barberis and Tapestry of Light project:
Professor Irene Barberis
Tapestry of light project
Tapestry of light at Canterbury Festival

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From the 2012 RomeArtProgram has selected Ayrlie Lane Alumna
to contribute to “Throwback Thursday”:

–>Ayrlie Lane : “Being able to immerse myself into the “Roman culture” during my stay was an incredibly significant experience to me. To walk through ancient architecture and ruins daily, to study the works of famous artists and sculptors, and spend hours painting vibrant scenery is something that I will always cherish.
I met amazing people from many different countries, with whom I travelled across the country on our weekends, travelling to Florence, Genova and Venice.
I valued the artistic critiques of our teachers and fellow students, whose wide array of personal styles and strengths encouraged me to challenge my own practices in new ways.
Since completing my time with the Rome Art Program, I received my Bachelor in Fine Art and went on to study in Specialist Makeup Services, where I developed a love for body painting and conceptual makeup.
My current artistic practice incorporates traditional painting and drawing, combined with body painting, costuming and recycled elements.
In 2014 I exhibited a series of studies of movement and the female form as a solo artist at Courthouse Youth Arts in Geelong, Australia. In 2015 I presented at the RAW: Exposure Artist Showcase as a body painter and makeup artist.
In Summer of 2017, I will be the lead artist for the People’s Piano project, a live painting concept in the Geelong arts precinct”.

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Professor Irene Barberis – Tapestry of Light – Canterbury Cathedral

Professor Irene Barberis, RMIT University Melbourne AU. has the solo show “Tapestry of Light’ opening at Canterbury Cathedral, Kent, UK. It will be on display from October 14 to November 19, 10:00-16:00 daily.
The lighting on this major installation changes constantly. Professor Barberis is a Visiting Artist for the Rome Art Program, RAP Faculty.

The Cathedral’s Chapter House is a dramatic setting for artist Irene Barberis’ glowing tapestry, immersing the viewer in a neon coloured story of war, peace and the promise of hope. This internationally significant work is a giant illuminated tapestry, spread across 14 panels, 36 metres long by 3 metres high, made from glowing fibres of threads and light especially constructed using nanoparticle technology developed at the RMIT Design Research Institute.

The Tapestry of Light: Intersections of Illumination reimagines the medieval Angers Tapestries of the Apocalypse as a set of artworks.
More about the Tapestry of light.

Blurring the edges between art and design, intersecting with science through its materials, it explores new forms of technological approaches in illumination while echoing the medieval Angers Apocalypse through a vibrant contemporary voice.

This exhibition is part of the Canterbury Festival, and will be accompanied by a programme of talks and activities. Canterbury Festival October 14 – November 19 – 10:00-16:00 daily.

Read more about Professor Irene Barberis and Tapestry of Light project:
Professor Irene Barberis
Tapestry of light project
Tapestry of light at Canterbury Festival

irenebarberis.net

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Scholarship Benefit Art Auction – Rome Art Program
From Saturday, July 22 at 10am (EST) – through Tuesday, July 25
The Scholarship Benefit will be featured Online Only

You are cordially invited to the Rome Art Program 2017 Scholarship Benefit, which will be featured Online Only from Saturday, July 22nd 2017 through Tuesday, July 25th. The auction will begin at 10am(EST) July 22nd.

Every purchase of a painting donates directly to our Scholarship Fund. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

To view paintings please visit our Online Gallery

Each Artwork: $125 including shipping

Scholarship
A gift to the Rome Art Program provides an opportunity for you to play a significant role in the life-changing experiences of our students. We are able to offer a small number of student scholarships this year to young artists who exhibit exceptional promise. Students selected for sponsorship have a portion of their tuition fees waived, enabling us to open up the opportunity of study in Rome to those with exceptional talent and applicants from lower income backgrounds.

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