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The Bilotti Museum in Rome opens to RomeArtProgram’s students

Carole Robb -RAP Artistic Director- has taken July Program students to the Billotti Museum to make transcriptions.
The Museo Carlo Bilotti one of the cultural gems of Rome, with extraordinary art housed in a restored 16th-century marble palazzo smack in the middle of Villa Borghese.
Carlo Bilotti, came from a noble southern family and, for all his life, a passionate collector of art.
The Bilotti Museum in Rome – Villa Borghese

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Bilotti Museum in Rome has opened to RomeArtProgram

Carole Robb -RAP Artistic Director- has taken July Program students to the Billotti Museum to make transcriptions.
The Bilotti Museum permanent collection consists of 23 important works by Italy’s and international premier artist of the 20th century gifted by Carlo Bilotti to Rome; there are 18 works by Giorgio de Chirico (sculpture of Hector and Andromache is installed outside) as well as works by Andy Warhol, Larry Rivers, Gino Severini, and Giacomo Manzù.
On its ground floor, the museum hosts excellent temporary exhibits, often of very large pieces of internationally known contemporary artists (such as Damien Hirst and Jenny Saville, Yves Klein).
RAP students students have had the opportunity to study and make transcriptions just few meters in front of those precious paintings, drawings and sculptures.

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Villa Medici – French Academy in Rome
July Summer show: “Swimming is Saving”

Summer Group Show of Villa Medici grant-holders: the exhibition is the final result of about a year of studies and researches that was concentrated behind the walls of the Villa, the French Academy which has already celebrated 250 years of creativity, and now collects the works of 15 artists.
This Villa Medici Summer Show is the beginning of a cycle named “L’ORO”, a special name which refers to those students who has started a specific artistic current.
The “summer exhibition” of Villa Medici represents an important key to enter and understand modern and contemporary art.
During the Opening curated by Chiara Parisi, it’s possible to see a series of performances:
Laure Thierrée’s Transumanza urbana; Alvise Sinivia will with a piano performance-body-interaction; in the big saloon. During the night Kenny Dunkan stages several flower sellers peddlers in the garden of Villa Medici.
It is possible to see:
— Writers Lancelot Hamelin e Sébastien Smirou;
— Composers Francesca Verunelli, Benjamin Attahir e Alvise Sinivia;
— The photographs Lucie de Barbuat & Simon Brodbeck;
— Visual artists Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine, Eva Jospin e Kenny Dunkan;
— The animation film director Simon Rouby;
— Art historian Lucia Piccioni;
— Landscape architect Laure Thierrée;
— Restorer of artwork Stéphanie Ovide who collaborates with Etel Adnan.
Villa Medici hosts exhibitions, workshops, cultural events, historical research, academic studies and activities. The Villa has an enviable position, overlooking the entire city, and has 18 acres of gardens filled with fountains and sculptures, and a rich cultural heritage. In 1803, Napoleon Bonaparte moved the French Academy in Rome to the Villa Medici with the intention of preserving an institution once threatened by the French Revolution. The Villa had been renovated in order to house the winners of the Prix de Rome.

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From the 2016 RomeArtProgram has selected Madeleine Finley Alumna to contribute to “Throwback Thursday”:

–>Madeleine Finley : I began Graduate school at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago the Fall right after my summer in Rome with the Rome Art Program. I paint large abstracted landscapes using motifs of agriculture and architecture, and they are all rooted from my time in Rome. The parks, ancient villas, and city planning of Rome is very unique and specific in that it often combines nature and architecture. RAP taught me not only formal drawing and painting technique and formal language, but we were able to attend the Open Studios of the Academies. I’ve kept in touch with a few of the artists I met at the American Academy and also the British Academy. As a young artist, it’s been nice to keep an exchange of ideas and projects while being in different places but still in the same Art World.
Since attending RAP, I’ve completed my first year of Graduate school and have been in two group shows. My work is currently hanging in the CICA Museum in South Korea in their “Contemporary Landscape” Exhibition.

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Gregg Bautista to contribute to the “Throwback Thursday”

Gregg: -> “Rome, as a location, was an interesting event in my life as a growing artist. Experiencing the fulfillment of seeing master works in person was something I couldn’t even imagine before receiving my acceptance letter to RAP, but attending the program had me in constant awe with the privilege of being able to draw and paint from so many paintings and sculptures that I had only viewed in print, my laptop, or phone screen. Conversely, being in Rome also completely deconstructed my process of painting. Viewing art and life, constant exchange with other art makers and enthusiasts, being a foreigner in a new world and allowing myself to be lost and assimilate through experience with locals, every day made me question who I wanted to be as an artist, as well as how and why art was important to me. Even art that I did not expect to impact me, particularly the frescos in Museo Massimo, ruins, and Bernini sculptures along bridges, lead me to challenge my practice in the moment. Our exercises in drawing and painting allowed me to deconstruct my own work once I returned to NJ, freeing me from the confines of my previous modes of painting and giving me the gift of being more exploratory and taking risks.
Since Rome, I have graduated with my BFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, with a concentration in painting and minor in Art History. I participated in some local group shows around Mason Gross as well. For the next year after graduating, I continued my practice out of Gateway Project Spaces in Newark, NJ and as participated in public installation work with creating mural work. I have also engaged in curatorial work and collaborated with Mason Gross in organizing exhibitions post-graduation. I’ve participated in group shows, as well as a solo exhibition in Newark. I’ve recently moved studios (still in Newark), and am preparing for another solo exhibition in Newark, as well as preparing to apply for residencies. I hope to continue exhibiting as well as attain my MFA in the coming years”.



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