Civitella Ranieri

Civitella Ranieri
  Fellows' Forum

Monday, March 27, 2017

Announcing Interns for 2017 Season

Civitella is pleased to welcome Hope Campbell Gustafson and Molly Lapointe as our 2017 Interns.  Interns at Civitella 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 Castle, working with both Executive Director, Dana Prescott and Program Coordinator, Diego Mencaroni on a variety of special projects built around individual interests, experience, goals, and skills.

Hope Campbell Gustafson
Hope Campbell Gustafson comes from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is a candidate for her master's degree at Iowa State in translation (Italian/English). 
From Hope: "I cannot imagine a better way to spend the summer, in the midst of my MFA, than back at the castle. I look forward to many connections, and re-connections, with the wide variety of people, art, and ideas that come together each year at Civitella."

Molly Lapointe
Molly Lapointe comes from Kennebunk, Maine and she is majoring in French and minoring in Educational Studies. 
From Molly: "I am completely enamored with learning about languages and cultures which has led to having studied French, Italian, Spanish, Latin, and Chinese throughout my life, and ultimately to my French major at Mount Holyoke College. Being at Civitella with such an interesting and diverse group of people from around the globe will be a dream come true. As an American of Italian heritage, Italy is also very special to me on a personal level. I hope to be able to assist the Fellows in this place which means so much to me, and to be able to contribute to the community atmosphere. I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone!"

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What is winter like at Civitella?

A decade since spending six richly rewarding weeks here, incredible how quickly, and with what ease, one can fall into the deepest states of creative contemplation; under the golden hue of what I (and doubtless countless other great artists, composers and writers) think of as MY castle. 
-Kanishka Raja (Fellow, 2006)
Kanishka and Juli Raja at the Castle

Monday, November 28, 2016

Pauline Oliveros

We are sad to share that Pauline Oliveros (CRF 2015) passed away on Thursday, November 24, 2016. Her great talent, adventurous spirit, and friendship will be missed.

See The New York Times article about her here: Pauline Oliveros, Composer Who Championed ‘Deep Listening,’ Dies at 84.

Pauline Oliveros and Du Yun

From left: Leslie Shinn, Du Yun, Pauline Oliveros, and Fang Man

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fall Harvest

This afternoon, Civitella Ranieri Fellows and Staff gathered together to pick olives in the secret garden.  After collecting the olives, we brought them to a local press where they will be transformed into olive oil.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Open Chapel / Open Ears

Yesterday, Fellows and guests enjoyed a musical event in the castle Chapel.  Composers Chiyoko Szlavnics (CRF 2016) John Oswald (CRF 2016) and Samuel Holloway (CRF 2016) organized the event that featured pieces by each of them.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Samuel Holloway and GB Tran Presentations

Yesterday evening, composer Samuel Holloway (CRF 2016) and cartoon artist GB Tran (CRF 2016) shared their work and stories in the library.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Group IV Graduation Lunch

On Friday, all of the Fellows, Director's Guests and Staff at Civitella Ranieri gathered together at Castrabecco for the Group IV Graduation Lunch.  

Every place setting was adorned with a nameplate, hand-painted by the staff.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


On Tuesday, Program Assistant Ilaria Locchi and Intern Angelica Haas led some Fellows on a tour of Assisi.  After learning about the life and history of Saint Francis, we saw the Basilica di San Francesco, and the marvelous frescoes by Giotto and Cimabue housed inside.

After lunch, we stopped at the Santuario della Madonna dei Bagni in Casalina to see the ceramic tiles that cover its walls; gifts of thanks to the Madonna for her miracles.

Two Days in Florence

Last Tuesday and Wednesday Civitella Ranieri Fellows spent two days in Florence. They visited the academic centre of New York University located at Villa La Pietra to attend to the presentation of the Book Feathers from the Angel's Wing edited by Dana Prescott with readings amongst the others by Moira Egan (CRF 2008) and Damiano Abeni (DG 2008). 

The day after they visited the Corridoio Vasariano.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Poetry and Prose in Scarabeo

Yesterday, American writers and poets Kimberly Grey (CRF 2016) and Spencer Reece (CRF 2016) read their moving work in front of the hearth in Scarabeo.