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ACI Artists, Writers and Scholars Residency

International residency program 

in the Italian countryside next to the 2,000+ year old Umbrian hill town of Corciano, Italy


Don Kimes, Artistic Director.                                                                                          Lois Jubeck, Managing Director


Residencies open to all nationalities:

Session 1, June 16-June 29, 2024

(session 1 is now closed) 


Session 2, June 23-July 6, 2024

(arrive June 23, depart morning of July 6)

It may be possible to extend your session for a longer, independent, residency period (with a 15% discount per week on the additional time). Please contact us via email if you would like to receive additional information about doing this. We will begin reviewing applications for the 2024 program on February 1, 2024. and will continue accepting and reviewing them until the program is full.


New residencies in 2025

South Korean Artists at ACI

Dates TBA: Contact us via email for more information

Iranian Artists at ACI

Dates TBA: Contact us via email for more information

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What we do


ACI - Art and Culture in Italy

Artists and writers need other artists and writers in order to exceed their individual possibilities. We need uninterrupted time to focus on our work, and we also share a need for meaningful dialogue. We have established the Art and Culture in Italy (ACI) residency because we believe this kind of opportunity can be especially productive in this historic location in central Italy, a place which, for millennia, has been a focal point for creative possibility.    


From the Etruscans, who first settled Corciano more than 2,500 years ago (before the Romans existed) to Perugino, Raphael, and Piero della Francesca, to the contemporary artists who have settled in this region known for it's mystical beauty, Umbria has always been a place where transformative thought and creative possibility meet. 


Willem de Kooning once remarked "you learn a lot just by talking with other artists". Artists, art historians, critics, poets and writers have always benefitted when kind of ambient synergy exists. Consistently the collaboration between artists and writers has proven mutually supportive. Cezanne and Zola, Gertrude Stein and Picasso, Lee Krasner and Harold Rosenberg, all come to mind as historical examples of this symbiosis. The ACI residency program in Umbria is dedicated to creating an environment where artists and writers are able to pursue their craft in a focused manner, with possibilities for the incubation of their own interests and the opportunity to develop ambient dialogue in proximity to one another. 

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Above: The terrace a few steps from our workspaces


Left: The terrace adjoining our rooms

Center: Piero della Francesca in nearby Perugia

Right: Daily dinner in the villa

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Two views from two of our rooms

Things aren't all so tangible and sayable as people would usually have us believe; most experiences are unsayable, they happen in a space that no word has ever entered, and more unsayable than all other things are works of art, those mysterious existences, whose life endures beside our own small, transitory life. 

Rainer Maria Rilke

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