An extended version of this video can be found on the Mission & History page of this website as well as on our Youtube Channel.

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.”

Ken Ueno (Fellow 2013)

Civitella Ranieri 2019 Fellows Fund Campaign

The Fellows Fund was initiated in 2010 by visual artist and Director’s Guest, Lee Hall and is an essential part of making Civitella Ranieri accessible to all Fellows, regardless of their economic situation. Since 1995, Civitella Ranieri has hosted over 950 artists,...

Hombre Dorado, Santiago Forero

Santiago Forero (CRF 2019) exhibited the first cut of his film “Hombre Dorado”, an audiovisual project supported by the Center for Investigation and Creation and the Vice-presidency of Research at Universidad de los Andes, the university where he works as an assistant...

Alejandro Haiek’s Architecture Installation

Venezualian Alejandro Haiek (CRF 2019) is the co-founder of LAB.PRO.FAB, a laboratory focusing on community-led initiatives in the barrios of Caracas. He uses a ‘bottom-up’ approach to reactivate underused urban spaces.  He crosses technical expertise with local...

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…”

Rachel Kushner (Fellow 2016)

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.”

Mark Strand (Director's Guest)

Emerging talent, mid-career Fellows, and senior, established professionals are all sought to round out the community of any given group. Below is a representative sampling of past Fellows.

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.”

Sara Nović (Fellow 2016)

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.”

Ward Shelley (Fellow 2010)

Civitella Ranieri 2019 Fellows Fund Campaign

Civitella Ranieri 2019 Fellows Fund Campaign

The Fellows Fund was initiated in 2010 by visual artist and Director’s Guest, Lee Hall and is an essential part of making Civitella Ranieri accessible to all Fellows, regardless of their economic situation. Since 1995, Civitella Ranieri has hosted over 950 artists,...

Brittany Perham and Gregory Pardlo Presentations

Brittany Perham and Gregory Pardlo Presentations

Join us Wednesday, August 21st at the Castle for presentations by current Fellows, Brittany Perham and Gregory Pardlo. Brittany Perham, Fellow (Writing, USA)Brittany Perham is the author of Double Portrait, which received the Barnard Women Poets Prize and was a...

Civitella XXV #14: A Summer Night at Civitella

Civitella XXV #14: A Summer Night at Civitella

On Friday, August 23rd, please join us at the Castle for a picinic and a movie night. All evening, from 6 pm on, you are invited to picnic on the grounds of the Castle's Secret Garden. Water and some wine will be provided, but we invite you to bring your own libation...