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From the 2014 RomeArtProgram has selected Layne Bourgoyne Alumna to contribute to “Throwback Thursday”, including her memories from that time:

–>Layne Bourgoyne : “The Rome Art Program, under the artistic direction of Carole Robb, attracts students from around the globe to learn and experience the deepest mysteries of Rome. Upon completing my second degree with a double major in Studio Art and Music Composition at The City College of New York (CCNY), I was ready for a challenge. Armed with these newfound skills, it seemed as if the doors of heaven had opened wider, and I was riding on Angels’ wings. My art was developing, and my mind was expanding. Suddenly I was able to take this unbound energy and translate it into art. My brushstrokes swept across the page with fluidity, dispersing the bittersweet aroma of the city’s beauty in contrast with the tragic ruins of her history. Viewing the paintings of the Masters, the Roman architecture, and the massive, larger-than-life grandiose sculptures expanded the vision of my own artistry. During our Friday art history lectures, we walked through the Roman churches viewing Caravaggio’s paintings. We enjoyed drawing and painting en plein air with the illuminating colors of a setting sun, replaced by soft moonlight immersed in the Italian landscape. The essence of Rome lives within me. She gives rise to the flow of ideas, propelling them into a converging whirlwind of creativity. I immersed myself in the architectural divinity of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, moving me to paint larger and bolder. It inspired a spiritual journey in mixed-media using photography, ink, oil, and watercolor, reflecting my expression of a multifaceted world. Embraced by the love and compassion of her people, the energy of Rome endures within me. Together, with the richness and influence of culture, and the everlasting memories of winding cobblestone streets…Rome will forever direct the movement of my brush upon canvas.
Under the influence of Roman culture, I returned to the States and began exhibiting in the New York City and Williamsburg, Brooklyn galleries”.
Layne Bourgoyne was present in various exhibitions, painting and photography:
Sideshow Gallery-NY; Nation III, Circle The Wagons; Nation IV, Thru The Rabbit Hole; Sidney Mishkin Gallery-NY; Viridian Artists Inc.- NY; The City College of New York.

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Carole Robb -RomeArtProgram Artistic Director- was an invited exhibitor at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2017.

BBC has included a Carole’s piece in an article titled In pictures Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017 : “Carole Robb channels the spirit of Romantic literature in Showers with Heroes – Byron”

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->: “Chris Gonzalez RAP 2013 Alumnus to contribute to the “Throwback Thursday”:

What was most important about Rome to my artistic development was that it was the most intensive artistic training I’ve received. I learned a lot from the program; between different techniques in painting and drawing to actually seeing historical locations and learning about them. I also learned a lot more about drawing and painting on location, and while I can’t really do it much here in New York, I felt that it was an important skill to learn.
One of the lessons that I learned which has stuck with me is something Carole Robb said to the class once, which was to not make the painting too generic. It’s something I take into consideration when stepping back and looking at some of the works I’ve done.
In the few years since the Rome Art Program, my art accomplishments have been somewhat on the backburner.
While I continue to paint and draw, as well as post on social media, my full time job has prevented me somewhat in seeking other artistic opportunities.
However, I have been in a few group shows such as the Side Show Gallery’s Through the Looking Glass, and the Greenpoint Gallery’s group show.
Since the store where I work also has group shows, I’ve been submitting work to those shows as well”.

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RomeArtProgram’s Ping Zheng, RAP 2012 Alumna -graduated from Slade 2014- to contribute to the “Throwback Thursday”:

->: “As an artist, it was a great opportunity to see and experience Italy, and spend time with a group of art lovers from all over the world making art every day. The painting and drawing teachers in the program were very friendly and helpful. We also had an art history teacher, which helped me understand a little bit about the history of Rome, besides doing my drawing and painting. I was so happy to meet my best travel companion– Lizzie. She was terrific, and I admire her energetic and uplifting spirit for life. With her, I experienced many new things.
After my trip to Italy, I came back London to finish my BA study at the Slade School, but I kept in contact with my friend Lizzie. We traveled together again in Spain for ten days, which was an unexpected surprise. I had such lovely experience with Rome Art Program in Italy with American friends that it inspired me to apply to a USA school for my masters degree. I was pleased when I got into RISD MFA painting program in America. I was also inspired to travel to different art residencies for five months after I graduated from RISD.
I have an upcoming dual show in the Nancy Margolis Gallery – NY on June 29th until August 11th”.

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