Civitella is a residency program for international writers, composers, and visual artists. Since 1995, Civitella has hosted more than 800 Fellows and Director’s Guests. The Center enables its Fellows to pursue their work and to exchange ideas in a unique and inspiring setting.
“Every once in a while, if you are lucky, you get to experience a place so beautiful that you get an overwhelming sense that the creativity of the universe, of nature, is more splendid than anything anyone could have imagined. This is home. A place in time, remembered with those with whom you shared it. Such is, and will be, Civitella, my Civitella.”
Civitella is seeking interns for the 2020 residency season. Interns are a treasured and integral part of our community and daily life. They provide assistance with library functions, the meal program, excursions, presentations, and exhibitions at the Center. Our...
This year’s MacArthur fellows include artists, writers, scientists, urban designers, community activists and others who have demonstrated “extraordinary originality.” The poet and fiction writer Ocean Vuong (CRF 2016), 30, is one of 26 people chosen as 2019 fellows of...
This week, The New Yorker will be announcing the longlists for the 2019 National Book Awards. Below are Civitellians longlisted in the Nonfiction and Poetry categories... Nonfiction: Carolyn Forché (CRF 2012), “What You Have Heard is True: A Memoir of Witness and...
Artists require unfettered time and space to engage in their work and the world. Building on the legacy of our founder, Civitella Ranieri Foundation opens the doors of its 15th century Castle in rural Umbria annually for four six-week residency sessions of self-directed studio and work time.
“Civitella Ranieri is an exquisite place to work. There is a grand feeling here of care-taking that is rare and stupendous and lucky. My weeks there were some of the most productive of my life. And also, some of the most pleasurable…”
Join us for Winter Session
Learn more about Winter Session and the opportunity for you to stay in the Castle each November through April.
25th Anniversary Celebration
It has been 25 years since Civitella Ranieri was established. We invite you to celebrate this milestone by joining us at any of our 25 worldwide events in 2019.
Letter From the Director
Message of welcome from Dana Prescott, Executive Director of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation.
Each session at Civitella brings together accomplished international artists, writers, and composers at emerging and established moments in their careers.
“There is no place that takes such good care of its Guests and Fellows as Civitella Ranieri does; no place that offers so much and demands so little in return. There is no place that I know of where such a profound relief from the cares and distractions of daily life are possible and where work, even one’s best work, can be done, with pleasure and without interruption.”
Civitella Ranieri Fellowships are awarded through a careful nomination and jury process by a rotating group of distinguished artists, academics, and critics that ensures access to a highly diverse group of emerging and accomplished candidates from around the world.
“At Civitella I worked hard, laughed hard, and was consistently amazed- by the beauty of the landscape in which we lived, the food we ate, and the art we visited, by the talent and intelligence of my fellow residents, and the effort and care that the Civitella staff exerted to feed me, teach me, and think of everything I might need so I could think only of my work.”
Located just outside the small city of Umbertide, the Ranieri castle is one of the best-preserved castles in Umbria.
“Civitella is geographically rich, and this asset cannot be overemphasized. The regular forays into the Renaissance landscape are stimulating, of course, but also soothing… to seamlessly blend work and play.”
Join us Thursday, October 24th at the Castle for presentations by current Fellows, Wojtek Blecharz and Marc Wiegand. Wojtek Blecharz, Fellow, (Music, Poland)Born in Gdynia, Poland, Wojtek Blecharz graduated with honors from Frederic Chopin Music Academy in...
Jarrett Earnest (Director’s Guest, 2019), will read an unpublished essay, "Of Mere Being," from a forthcoming book on contemporary artists.Jarrett is a writer living in New York City. His book What it Means to Write about Art, a collection of thirty...
After the summer Fellowship season is over, Civitella opens the Castle gates to participants in our “Winter Session” tour programs. This spring, we proudly present three tours for your choosing. A taste of Umbria with Sasha Marx (March 17-26, 2020): This 10-day visit...