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RomeArtProgram’s Luc Dubois -Montreal, Canada- 2015 Assistant to the Artistic Director, to contribute to the “Throwback Thursday” memories, to enrich our artistic research.
–>Luc Dubois : “Since the Rome Art Program, I have continued elaborating on a major project that consists of a center figurative marble figure awakening and surrounded by a mesh or ”maillage”. The inspiration for this project is the 9 BC altar dedicated to a piece at the Museo dell’Ara Pacis.
During the Rome Art Program, I went to the museum and took elaborate measurements to be able scale this project. I also used the restoration of the Trevi Fountain and Colosseum as my base inspiration for a work in progress, restoration, restitution. In order words, I have taken the liberty to make my Major Project as a continuous and colorful assemblage.
This main project has evolved alongside other projects, as well as my regular job as a building engineer, drone operator, and 3D scan operator, which gives my art the proper technological push to see further into the effect of technology upon our visual palette and appreciation of the world we live in. I have also participated and collaborated in photography exhibitions with a Brazilian group, and I also made wearable sculptures in collaboration with a fashion designer.
I am currently set to participate in a group exhibition in Miami, at the Macaya Gallery -Wynwood District, which will also show some of my work taken from my Roman production in 2015.
It is for the poetry of space and its atmosphere that my work takes its vigor, amplitude and reason of being. The intention of my work is to assemble elements, materials, techniques and forms that represents an intimate emotional response from my personal experience of life.
The use of colors and painting skills, with the help of photography have become integrated tools that bring me to a maturity that reflects well with and within my actual art research.
I truly believe the Rome Art Program has allowed me to take time to investigate to an exhaustive level my emotional response to a city that holds many keys to our modern world.
The dedication of the artists running the program makes this outdoor creative time memorable and now its unavoidable to feel Rome and its many unrevealed secrets”.

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From the summer 2012 RomeArtProgram has selected Ellen Chang-Richardson alumna to contribute to “Throwback Thursday”, with the memories from that time:
— Elly: “In June of 2012, I was at the height of my university career and about to embark on a double thesis program for my last year of school. Not knowing which direction to take in the studio component of my thesis, I decided to go to Rome for a month as part of the Rome Art Program.
Working en plein air opened my eyes to the beauty of capturing a moment in time. Each day, each night, and each experience was a new adventure at the mercy of light.
In attempting to capture it, my sensibility to my own work and to the work of others has changed irrevocably. To this day the works of art that touch me the most are those that have the ability to evoke sentiment from the deepest corners of our subconscious.
Since that summer, my professional developments have been outside the realm of my own studio work.
While my thesis did come to a successful solo exhibition at the EEL Gallery, in Toronto, I applied myself more fully to an internship position at Barbara Edwards Contemporary.
It was in this commercial sphere that I found a love and a challenge greater than the challenges the studio ever afforded me. I helped to organize and execute exhibitions for gallery artists, and to connect true buyers with works of art. I continue to be involved with major projects such as Art Toronto, exhibition openings, and special events; and I hope to one day bring my history and knowledge to bear in fundraising for cultural institutions.

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RomeArtProgram’s Quinn McNichol – Alumni of the Month to contribute to the “Throwback Thursday”

–>Quinn McNichol : “I traveled to Rome for a month-long study with the Rome Art Program and I had recently graduated with my BFA from Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. At the time, I was making large paintings and drawings, working from direct observation of my studio and my reflection in the mirror.
The challenge this program set for me took me by surprise; the elegant, romantic pictures I had seen in books of the landmarks and street scenes of Rome lacked the tremendous weight of experiencing the city in person.
I felt small and vulnerable in my attempts to capture what I saw, finding that my ego was no match for the formidable walls of the Pantheon, or the elegance of Bernini’s fountains.
I was entirely overwhelmed by the streets and monuments; they demanded I look closer and honor their presence. Through my studies, I began to discover the difference between looking and truly seeing.
Simply looking at the surface of a subject yields superficial results. To create from life is to dig much deeper than the surface- to turn over the rocks, examine all sides and to truly connect with your motif. This understanding did not come right away. Rather, it has slowly emerged as little flickers of memories from Rome cross my mind while I am painting.
Since my trip, I have been an Emerging Artist in Residence at Millersville University, and continued my painting studies at Chautauqua Institute, Mount Gretna School of Art, and was most recently a resident at the Vermont Studio Center. I have also worked privately with an art healer who has helped me further examine my life experience in the context of the work I make.
I currently live in Philadelphia, and work out of my home studio, painting introspective narratives about how I see the world around me, and what I wonder and dream about.

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Frankie O

From the RomeArtProgram’s 2012, Frankie O’Toole’s nice exciting memories to contribute to the “Throwback Thursday”:
–>Frankie O’Toole : “Before I embarked upon the Rome Art Program, I spent no time in my studio and struggled to see how I was ever going to, with the demands of a full-time teaching career. I felt my journey as a creative had ended before it had a chance to begin.
At the age of 34, I packed my bags and spent two overwhelming weeks painting on the streets of Rome. My goal was to try and reignite whatever passion might be left in me and reinvigorate my studio practice. The Rome Art Program instilled in me that you must work at it, every day, if you want to improve, allowed me to experiment, explore and above all challenge myself. I came from an oil painting background, so working with watercolours was completely outside of my comfort zone. I struggled… a lot. But every now and then I surprised myself.
The lessons of the day before digested and with the new day a new desire to learn, improve and excel. It was glorious and heartening to spend so much time immersed in art, shoulder to shoulder, with other creatives and leaders in the field.
I returned to Australia and began the task of finding the artist I created on the streets of Rome in my studio. I began to draw again, venturing outdoors to paint plein air, demonstrating and sharing my skills with my students, researching new techniques and immersing myself with new artists.
My lust for learning and exploring was exciting! I journey back to Italy in 2014 and began capturing my surroundings in travel journals and in June 2015 I challenged myself to create one drawing a day.
I would post my daily drawings to my One Drawing a Day By Frankie O Facebook page. The process became a fantastic creative Exchange; soon I had a following of 500 people and offers to buy my work. From there the journey toward my first solo exhibition began. To add pressure to my new found artistic venture I became pregnant with my first baby, and as luck would have I was going to give birth during this project and have a new born while trying to organise my first ever exhibition which included all 365 drawings!
The opening night was hugely successful with well over 200 people attending, including the local media: almost 85% of the 365 works were sold by the time the exhibition finished with a string of commissions lined up ready to go as soon as I caught my breath. It was incredible!
And I am looking forward to doing it all again, just as soon as I get back from my next trip to Italy!

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From the 2011 and 2014 RomeArtProgram Chloe Vallance’s memories emerge with a striking richness of emotion and vividness
–> Chloe: “I attended the 2011 and 2014 RomeArtProgram, and inspiration was one of the the most important experience for the development of my artistic research.
The RomeArtProgram inspired my heart, and greatly enhanced my artistic development through the experience of living and working in Rome. Since returning to Australia I have held a solo exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney, my work has been selected for national prizes, and I am teaching life drawing at RMIT University.
Recalling being Rome is like remembering a dream: my imagination is dancing deep inside a garden. I am drawing. Dissolving into Rome. Once amor. The light was golden, but mostly blue; blue is my favourite colour: indigo.
In Rome I fell in love with golden green the gardens the water the river the sky on twilight sang with the colour of life lemon yellow leaves dance sun kissed luminous dazzling light falls clouds build lavender mountains above memories laid in stone marble like butter melting in the heat dripping rain drops heavens open.
Levin lights up the city. Sweet scent fresh air. Cobbles glisten. I listen to the bells. The swallows look like fish flying in the ocean. I see an elephant. We feed him a carrot. You touch my hand. A monkey watches me draw closer we grow in time a point between circles. I will return to where I started. It’s not a race. It’s grace. It’s running water. Come on! Andiamo!
Almost home is where we are together. People make a place feel like home. Love. Amor. Once amor.
Once more the music carries me through a painting I drew sitting beside You on a bus that didn’t run. It was Sunday. Roses released inside the Pantheon petals fly dust settles layer upon layer a city of stories including ours. Water colour paint flows freely swims deeply sings softly my love once amor.
Back to Australia, my work has been selected for national drawing and painting prizes;
I am teaching life drawing at RMIT University, further on a path of progress. I have begun a PhD in practice-led research at the Victorian College of the Arts focused on drawing.
My RAP-time in Rome has helped make all of this possible through the supportive community of artists and dedicated teachers so, I am really grateful to the RomeArtProgram for offering such an inspiring experience for artists to expand their practice and to cultivate an international community of friends, which supported me for the development of my artistic research”.

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