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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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Keri Rosenbraugh

From the 2016 RomeArtProgram has selected Keri Rosebraugh -Carole Robb TA 2016-
to contribute to “Throwback Thursday”:

–>Keri Rosebraugh : “My experience as a member of the Rome Art Program’s teaching faculty -specifically Carole Robb’s teaching assistant- gave me an upclose and personal encounter with the intense history of Rome, and how the strong legacy plays an important role in the city’s mindset today. Each lesson was prudently designed in a particular location of Rome which juxtaposed perfectly the old and new parts of the city – architecturally and culturally. This diverse syllabus enabled the students to learn how and why each palazzo was formed, as well as the significance behind many sculptures and paintings we observed throughout the summer, whether they were antiquities or pieces of contemporary art.
This enhanced my personal artistic development immensly as my current body of artwork is based on studying the
relationship between humans and water; hence, researching the history of Rome’s ancient waterways proved
invaluable. Additionally, the sense of community within the program was signi cant. As an artist, I believe we all
benefit from group critiques and dialogues at every skill level, so I cherished the weekly reviews of the student’s
artwork. These not only gave analytical feedback but also exhibited the large volume of paintings created each week,
inspiring students to progress further the next week. The Rome Art Program left me with countless facets that I will
treasure for the rest of my life, but most fondly I remember the comraderie present within the faculty. Being part of this
energy and watching it trickle down to the students who formed their own friendships and memories for many
years to come was priceless.
In this last year since my time with RAP, I have collaborated with diverse artists on engaging projects surrounding
the themes of ecology and nature. In October 2016 my artwork was included into the Natural History Museum/
State Darwin Museum in Moscow, Russia for an exhibition titled “Now&After.” In addition, I was fortunate to be asked
by Serbian artist and professor Dejan Atanackovic to give an artist’s talk at SACI in Florence, as part of his lecture
series titled, “An Idea of Home.” It was an honor to be a contributing artist alongside Patrick Hogan from NASA,
Rodolfo Lacquaniti, artist and architect, and Francesca Bigoni, anthropologist. In November 2016, the
exhibition titled “Plantarium,” curated by Manuela Enna and Daniel Buso was hosted at the House of Carraresi
Museum in Treviso, Italy. I was one of twenty one participating artists, who contributed in creating an interactive
journey to discover nature through contemporary art. In July of 2017 I will be spending three weeks at the
Scuola Gra ca, in Venice, utilizing it’s printmaking studios to continue work on my water project. I will end the
year with a two month residency at the Camac Foundation outside of Paris, France, hoping to again push my artwork
further and experience new colleagues and surroundings”.

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Rome Art Program’s Papal June 14th Audience Blessing – Rome, Vatican

Last Wednesday morning was the beginning of another warm day here in Rome. As we made our way down Via Ottaviano, crowds of people were already scattered on the pavement. We met the rest of the group at the Vatican Post Office, making our way towards the security check points. Once inside the square, it was amazing to feel a sudden emptiness, especially knowing there were thousands of people in the expansive meeting place. Our group slowly made its way towards the growing crowds at the front of the square.

As the Pope rounded the bend not 15 feet (4 metres) in front of us on his Popemobile, Nick Curnow, our Alumni Mentor for the 2017 session, took one single photo on a polaroid camera. This image captures every ounch of excitement felt in that very moment. You could hear the cheers as the Pope made his way twice around the piazza, and finally took his place on stage to begin his proceedings. This experience will always be remembered (as it tied together my first time seeing the Pope) and the Program that has made it all possible.

Amber Martin – Program Manager of the Rome Art Program
Instagram video taken by Amber on the day of the Papal Audience, where you can hear the statement “Participants in the Rome Art Program.”
#PapalAudience #Vatican #PopeMobile #PopeFrancesco #romeartprogram #Pope #Rome

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