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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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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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