ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
Residents may choose to apply for a two, four or six
Our facilities are surrounded by olive groves, vineyards, fields and farmland. To the east we see the Apennine Mountains, beyond the nearby Tiber River valley. To the west are the hills of Umbria and Tuscany, as well as Lago Trasimeno, the largest lake in central Italy.
We are situated midway between Florence and Rome, and we are even closer to Assisi, Siena, Perugia, Todi, Spoleto and many other fascinating cities.
The ACI residency is for established and emerging artists and writers who need uninterrupted time to focus on their work in an incredibly conducive environment. In addition, it is particularly useful for university faculty seeking to apply for research funding from their home institution as well as public or private school educators seeking to immerse themselves in their in art or writing for a period of time in Italy during the summer. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and there is no upper age restriction. 2022 residents ranged in age from 21 to over 70 years of age (as parts of our facility ar e more than 500 years old and include stairs, gravel walkways, etc., individuals with mobility issues should contact the artistic director to discuss their individual situation before applying).
Participants must be able to work independently within a group setting, and are responsible for any equipment they may need beyond work space. Artists are provided with an individual partitioned space and, as with writers, they have access to all of the open facilities and grounds. WiFi is available. Writers include individuals interested in creative writing and literature, art historians, historians and critics, as well as scholars in any field.
Participants may bring a spouse who is not an artist or writer for an additional fee.
Entrance to Villa Pieve
View toward the grounds and Castle from the Corciano hillside
CORCIANO, is a quiet, hill town in the Umbrian countryside of central Italy. The medieval town center is one mile from our facilities. Because of its' central location, regular public transportation to the railway/bus stations of nearby Perugia, Corciano is a perfect base from which to see the rest of Italy. There is a bus stop 50 yards from the facilities, and telephone cab service is also avaialble.
Start by doing what is necessary; Then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St. Francis of Assisi
ADDITIONAL COMPONENTS OF THE RESIDENCY
As Umbria is an important region for history, art, religion, antiquities and culture, we will host at least one weekly trip in order to help residents get to know the local area. Side trips are optional, but are an entertaining, unique way to see some of the important areas of the surrounding countryside and the historical towns.
Depending on the length of your stay, possibilities include:
Visits to local olive/wine producing agriturismo facilities
Assisi, with wonderful frescoes by Giotto, Cimabue and Duccio
Lago Trasimeno, where Hannibal defeated the Romans after crossing the Alps, and where, over a thousand years later St. Francis fasted for 40 days
Perugia, with its amazing Etruscan and Medieval architecture and museums
Deruta, famous for its thousand year old ceramic tradition
A walk around the grounds of the villa and the castle: