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 Group 1

May 2nd - June 11th, 2019 Fellows and Director’s Guests: Rathin Barman, Fellow, (Visual Arts, India) Urban architecture and architectural forms are primary interests of Barman’s recent practice. He has documented different layers of architectural progress that reflect...

Five Civitellians named 2019 Guggenheim Fellows

On April 9, 2019, the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding of Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 168 scholars, artists, and writers. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise,...

Marko Mäetamm (CRF 2013)’s solo show “Answer me!”

“This project is about communication. Or rather about loss of communication. About a strange feeling when I communicate with somebody over Messenger or sending text messages. Or e-mails. Feeling of loneliness. Feeling that instead of being united we are drifting more...

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)

2019 Pulitzer Prizes

2019 Pulitzer Prizes

The 2019 Pulitzer Prize winners in 14 journalism and seven letters, drama and music categories were announced on Monday, April 15 at 3 p.m. Eastern. Two special citations were also awarded. Among the winners is Civitellian Eliza Griswold (CRF 2011) for "Amity and...

American Academy in Rome Prizes Announced

American Academy in Rome Prizes Announced

The American Academy in Rome has announced the winners of the 2019–2020 Rome Prize and Italian Fellowships. These highly competitive fellowships support advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities. This year, Rome Prizes were awarded to thirty...

Poetry Reading with Jericho Brown

Poetry Reading with Jericho Brown

In conjunction with the exhibition Redaction: A Project by Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, poet Jericho Brown (CRF 2015) will present a reading of his selected works. Born in Louisiana, Brown worked as a speechwriter for the Mayor of New Orleans before...