Rome Art Program offers an internationally recognized core faculty of artists, critics and art historians. We also offer a yearly changing roster of visiting artists and critics.
Carole Robb, Artistic Director
Carole Robb is a painter and her teaching experience includes the New York Studio School, New York, Camberwell School of Art, the Royal College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK. A winner of the Rome Prize in Painting (1980), a Fulbright Scholar, and member of the National Academy, New York; Ms. Robb was born in Scotland and studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Reading, England (MFA 1979). She studied with Sir Terry Frost. Robb has worked in Rome, Venice, New York and London. She is represented by Denise Bibro Gallery New York. Her work is in both private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Imperial War Museum, London. carolerobb.com
Robb Horsley, Program Director
Is an award winning British filmmaker and photographer with work held in public collections at Arts Council England, BBC, Film London, American Dance Foundation, Berlin Poetry Foundation, The British Council and IMZ Germany. He has lectured at Goldsmiths College, University of London, National Maritime Museum, Buckinghamshire University College, University of Wolverhampton and worked as head of Digital Art and Photography programs at Greenwich Community College, London. He trained at New School, New York before taking his BA at University of the Arts, London and his MA at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Jose Grave De Peralta
Jose Grave de Peralta studied Fresco painting at the Spinelli Institute, Florence and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature from University of Delaware and is fluent in Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. His Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Classics is from St. John’s College, Maryland. Peralta has extensive experience of teaching drawing and art history at the University of Miami, and he originally came to Rome as drawing professor for that same school’s graduate architecture program. Jose Peralta has had numerous solo exhibitions and recent shows include Galleria Impression, Cetona (Siena) and Zu Galeria, Miami. He grew up in Miami and moved to Rome in 2009, where he now lives and works.
Frances Middendorf has a Bachelor’s degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master’s from the School of Visual Arts in New York where she has also taught. Following a 15-year commercial art career working for clients such as The New York Times, Newsweek and the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, Professor Middendorf continued her learning at the New York Studio School. She came to Italy in 1997 to study with the New York painter, Nicholas Carone, and decided to stay. Frances has lived in Florence, has a studio in Umbria and now resides in Rome. Frances has exhibited her paintings and drawings in France, New York and Italy, with recent solo shows at the Museum Casa Natale di Cesare Pavese in Piedmont and the National Arts Club in New York. Frances credits her knowledge of drawing to her father and to the New York sculptor/painter Bruce Gagnier.
Edina Eszenyi, Art Historian
Eszenyi holds a Ph.D. in Medieval and Early Modern Studies from the University of Kent in Canterbury UK. She also holds Masters’ degrees in Art History and in English Studies from the Pázmány Péter Catholic University of Hungary. Edina’s research specialization is Angelology. She is the recipient of numerous scholarships and fellowships, including University of Kent’s distinguished 3-year Postgraduate Research Scholarship, Royal Historical Society’s Postgraduate Research Support Award, J. Paul Getty Research Institute’s Library Research Grant, Los Angeles and the Heckman Research Stipend from the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library in Minnesota. She has presented papers at numerous conferences in the UK, USA, NI, Greece, Central Europe, and Italy. Edina moved to Rome in 2011 and conducts her major research in the Vatican and in Italian, British and American collections. Her first book, a collection of Early Modern texts on angels, is going to be published by the Vatican Publishing House (Libreria Editrice Vaticana) in early 2017. Further details and publications: https://
Born in Dallas, Texas , in 1969. Steven received his MFA from Yale University School of Art in 1994. He has as lived and worked in Rome, Italy for the past 20 years. Steven has exhibited in; Rome, Bologna, Cagliari, Milan, Monte Carlo, Genova, Torino and in New York , Dallas , Fort Worth, Staten Island and New Haven in USA. His paintings are included in many collections in Europe and USA.
Amber Martin, Program Manager
Amber Martin studied fine art at Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) in Pa, USA and took her BFA in 2013. She spent a semester in Florence, Italy in 2009 at SACI art school, studying art history, art conservation and sculpture. Amber has studied with the Rome Art Program multiple times, both in Florence and in Rome and in 2012 she completed an Internship, as the Personal Assistant to the Artistic Director, Carole Robb. The following year she was Carole’s Teaching Assistant and also received an Artist Residency award in Umbria, Italy. Amber speaks Italian and plans to attend graduate school overseas at a future point. Currently she lives and works in Pennsylvania, USA and will be visiting RAP in Rome during summer 2017.
Nina holds a BA in painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She studied graphic arts, performance art, and painting both in Minneapolis and at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has lived in Rome since graduating, developing her art practice through collaboration with Italian artists and artisans in a guild / bottega structure, and her own personal imagery through studio work. She is a seasoned plein-air painter and exhibits her work regularly in Italy and the US.
Born in 1958 in Rome, where he currently lives and works. Serafino is a photographer and video artist, his artistic inspiration began with theatrical research with the so-called “new spectacularity,” while collaborating with Benedetto and Esmeralda Simonelli from 1979 to 1983. After his experience with theatre and performance, he dedicated himself predominantly to photography, adding video as a medium from 2000 onwards. His work combines images with text and poetry, sometimes written directly onto the images. Serafino has had twenty solo exhibitions and his work has featured in four books. He also teaches at John Cabot University in Rome and is a curator and presenter of artist’s symposiums.
Dr. Irene Barberis is an artist, academic and Director of Metasenta Projects Pty. Ltd. Born in London, Dr. Barberis holds a Ph.D. from Victoria University, Melbourne. She has held over forty-five solo exhibitions in Australia and internationally, and participated in more than eighty group exhibitions. Dr. Barberis has worked with process performances in drawing and large scale installations, and recently exhibited in the Bury Museum and Art Gallery, UK with Australian Artist Mike Parr; and the Art and Science ‘Tapestry of Light Project’ with Professor David Mainwaring in February in Dubai, at the Tashkeel Gallery, UAE. She was International Chair and a keynote speaker at the Crossing the Line Drawing in the Middle East Conference and is currently curating an exhibition of 87 Australian Artists for an international Drawing Conference in London at the University of the Arts London. She has initiated and directed two University galleries and is a Director of the commercial gallery, Langford120 in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the RMIT School of Art in Painting, Drawing and Research and has many Ph.D. and D.F.A. Post Graduate supervisions.
Carlo has lived in Rome since graduating in Communications, later moving on to take his masters degree. He developed his fine art practice by joining a group of figurative Italian painters; He studied expresionism and realism with Sughi in the 90s, with Rosai and Lorenzo Viani as influences. Carlo also studied at the NY Studio School, with British artist Graham Nickson and painted a series of portraits which were presented at the Brazilian Embassy together with photographs by Sebastiao Salgado, in a thematic exhibition. He has exhibited in many Rome galleries as Laboratorio and Coronari and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Brazil and China. Carlo also has extensive experience in digital communications and is a member of the Roman Studies Institute.
Visiting artists and historians have included:
Dan Abrams, Professor Jeremy Armstrong, Jacobo Benci, Elizabeth Butler, Roberto Caracciolo, Claudia Carr, Julia Colchie, Professor Riccado Dottori, Professor Teresa Dunn, Poppy Field, Joanne Freeman, Alan Feltus, Brenda Jones, Don Kimes, Professor Terry Kirk, Vivien Lovell, Peter Benson Miller, Constantino d’Orazio, Marco Palmieri, Isadora Papadrakakis, Mark Pulsford, Calixto Ramirez, Jill Sarver, Paul Sellers, Andrea Smith, Professor Christopher Smith, Alan J. Troner, Professor John Varriano