Testimonials


Along with providing the space to shape our day and fly on our own, your invitation carried with it the company of fellow travelers; their presence and parallel play was the best gift, an unexpected partnership alongside of each of our disciplines […] I left the Foundation deeply restored and full of new questions. How perfect is that! […] I want you all to know how rare it is to meet as strangers and engage together, and then to imagine, as Fellows together, a future outcome. Thank you, Bogliasco Foundation. You offered us an experience that became profound. For that, I offer my deepest gratitude.

Bebe Miller, 2022 Virginia Howard Fellow in Dance, United States


I found myself being pulled into the currents of the other fellows, dreaming on how and what we might make together, how our practices might align, or diverge, but always inform the other.

Sebastian Peters-Lazaro, 2022 Fellow in Theater, United States


What a profound joy it was, thanks to the fellow residents, the beauty of this extraordinary villa over the ocean, and the staff and team who run the house and fellowship so exceptionally. […] My time at Bogliasco was truly transformational and inspiring - everything a great residency should be. I felt refreshed, renewed, and re-energized.

Ariane Koek, 2022 Fellow in Visual Arts-Scholarship, United Kingdom


I want to thank and applaud the entire staff of the Bogliasco Foundation for their dedication and perseverance through such challenging times. Continuing to operate under the pandemic took heroic efforts and those of us who were able to be in residence despite it all are eternally grateful.

Eric Chasalow, 2022 Edward T. Cone Bogliasco Special Fellow in Music, United States


That I could reflect on this from my perch in a stunning second floor room overlooking the Ligurian sea – waters that opened onto the same Mediterranean Sea by which many of the migrants now in prison first arrived on Italian shores, allowed me to experience the content of my research viscerally as well as conceptually.

Janice Ross, 2022 Fellow in Dance-Scholarship, United States


The unique opportunity afforded by the Bogliasco Foundation enabled me to complete a project that had seemed out of reach. For that, I am truly grateful to both the Foundation, and to John Burroughs School for its association with Bogliasco.

- Philip Barnes, 2022 John Burroughs Bogliasco Fellow in Classics, United States


The relationship with the other Fellows I met at Villa dei Pini went way beyond my own expectations – we had a great time together. We had work presentations by each one, and that also, I believe, helped in the integration of the group. During the residency, we got closer, and the debates and ideas were fruitful and present in our days. I can say that, more than Fellows, we became a group of friends. I learned from them and from their work, and they certainly contributed to the quality of the experience I had there.

- Ana Calzavara, 2022 Visual Arts Fellow, Brazil


I have done only a few residencies but this was by far the best. […] Also, it was the first residency that I really felt at home, which is a testament to the staff at the study center. Warm and welcoming, I quickly settled in and could get about my work. The Liguria region, the sea, the architecture and colors all had an impact on my work.

- Gary Peterson, 2022 Fellow in Visual Arts, United States


It was a true honor to be among other creatives. Everyone was extremely supportive and kind to me. I learned so much from fellow professional artists.

- Chin Chih Yang, 2022 Fellow in Visual Arts, Taiwan/United States


 

I cannot emphasize enough how important the sheer beauty, the light, the soundscape (dominated by the sea), the gardens (with all of the fine-tuned loving attention to detail and aesthetics), had on my spirit and on my focus.

- Lila Ellen Gray, 2022 Fellow in Music-Scholarship, United States


My time at Bogliasco inspired new, exciting and unplanned work; no less importantly it inspired me not to work but to read, to ponder, to observe, to breathe, to disconnect, to listen, to dream.

- Evan Fallenberg, 2022 Fellow in Theater, Israel


The experience proved to be a very rewarding one, both personally and professionally, and I feel very privileged to have been able to benefit from it. 

- Ruth Glynn, 2022 Fellow in Literature-Scholarship, Ireland/United Kingdom


The chance to step away from the pressures of everyday life allows the work its natural, uninterrupted momentum. The rhythms of life enabled by the excellent staff here are ideal for the productive flourishing of artists and writers. Frankly, we are indulged, some would say spoiled here; hopefully we will repay this luxury with work that has some positive impact in the world. We are all conscious of our debt and motivated by it.

- Bonnie Costello, 2022 Fellow in Literature, United States


A crucially valuable aspect of the residency is that, on a fundamental level, it confirms that making art matters. Outside of a residency setting, an artist like me may doubt that the work they’re doing matters. The support at Bogliasco meant that I could literally think better because I wasn’t preoccupied by existential doubt!

- Ginger Krebs, 2022 Fellow in Dance, United States 


The residency in Bogliasco was instrumental in allowing me to begin the new year on a productive note. Being in a space in which all my needs were cared for allowed me to entire a creative mental space and spend several hours a day on end in that place. I am grateful for the resources and support granted by the Foundation.

- Amy Quan Barry, 2022 Fellow in Theater, United States


I no doubt echo the experience of most fellows having had the privilege of staying at the Villa dei Pini. I had a fantastic time in Bogliasco during my residency. 

- Michael Wutz, 2022 Fellow in Literature-Scholarship, Germany/United States


My time at the Bogliasco Foundation Study Center met and exceeded my expectations. From the beautiful grounds and facilities to the time devoted to reading and writing, it was an idyllic month. Bogliasco provided the perfect space to work, dig deeper, and vision. […] For a month I felt like I was living in paradise. The views of Liguria were truly breathtaking and the sound and sight of the sea was restorative and healing.

- Ama Codjoe, 2022 Van Cleef and Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellow in Poetry, United States 


There are places that manage to simultaneously create the fullness and emptiness necessary for creation. Villa dei Pini is one of these places. Like the age-old pine trees bent under the weight of the winds and tides, this place is there, stretched towards the horizon, proudly flying the flag of creation.

Fabianny Deschamps, 2021 Fellow in Film/Video, France


A month at the Bogliasco Foundation is a breath of fresh air, a change of point of view, a challenge and a privilege. […] A context of such beauty (Villa dei Pini, the park, the Riviera Ligure and its little towns ... unforgettable for Italians, too) is the perfect space to cultivate ideas present and future, recover pending projects and focus on one’s work.

- Elisa Prete, 2021 Fellow in Visual Arts-Scholarship, Italy 


My stay was an artistically life-changing experience.

- Allison Amend, 2021 Fellow in Literature, United States


This place has a certain kind of magic about it. Maybe it’s the light coming from the garden into the villa high above the cliffs, maybe it’s the long life of all the objects of art, the vases, the paintings, the furniture, the sculptures looking at us wherever we go, maybe it’s the library full of whispering wisdom, maybe its the wide sky and the waves playing with the stones at the shore, maybe it’s the always changing colors of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen, maybe it’s the friendliness and warm caring of all the people working in the residency, maybe it’s the black shadow of the old pines. […].It’s a paradise for an artist, it makes you breathe and feel the beauty of life and art. 

- Lydia Bunk, 2021 Fellow in Theater, Germany 


My goal for the residency was to cultivate joy, and I did just that! By being in the garden, being in the town, being in and by the water, and ultimately being without intention I found many practices to support my being. Ultimately, I learned that joy is about timing and ease.

- J. Bouey, 2021 Van Cleef and Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellow in Dance, United States


In addition to stuffing myself with pansotti in salsa di noci and the obligatory trofe with pesto, I had an astonishingly productive time at Bogliasco. […] I made lifelong friends. It was an honor to be a fellow and I hope that I am able to return soon.

- Christopher Cerrone, 2021 Edward T. Cone Bogliasco Special Fellow in Music, United States


Many thanks to the Bogliasco Foundation for this undeniable highlight for the exact right time in my life. It was invaluable to feel the support of being an artist, especially after a lifetime in the field. It fueled hope and the passion to continue, but to continue by embracing all that I am, in a wholeness that brings me closer to the leader and artist I want to be.

- Gina Patterson, 2021 Fellow in Dance, United States


The Bogliasco Foundation serves a fundamental function in the lives of artists and academics. I hope that many more people will have the privilege to experience its magical atmosphere in the years to come.

- Cosetta Seno, 2021 Fellow in Literature – Scholarship, Italy/USA


This unprecedented level of productivity was attributable not only to the quietude and uninterrupted time afforded me by the Foundation, but also to the kind support and encouragement of the other scholars in residence at the time, whose considerable efforts in their own disciplines inspired me to feel as if I could undertake and accomplish anything.

- Claude Baker, 2021 Fellow in Music, United States


Dans ce cadre, la solitude à la table de travail, nourrie du spectacle de la mer et de sa rumeur, ne serait pas aussi stimulante s’il n’y avait les rendez-vous, lors des repas et surtout lors du rituel « cocktail », avec les autres « fellows ». Le fait de pratiquer des arts aussi différents que la chorégraphie, la composition musicale, l’architecture, la peinture, la poésie, l’écriture dramatique, éveille constamment la curiosité, ouvre des champs de réflexion, sans compter la variété des langues pratiquées, heureusement ramenée à deux dénominateurs, l’anglais et l’italien.  

- Michel Sidoroff, 2021 Fellow in Film/Video, France  


My studio at the study center was perfect. Each day I engaged in a physical practice, project-specific movement research, drawing, and book and video study. Daily conversations with my incredible cohort of international fellows during our beautiful meals and walks, augmented by materials I happened upon in the library, fertilized my work in ways I could have never planned.

Gwen Welliver, 2021 Fellow in Dance, United States 


 The silence, the light, and the discrete sounds around the chalet have allowed me to concentrate on my ideas and achieve my goals. I enjoyed the company of my fellows and the various occasions to share my ideas, experiences, and projects. 

- Angelo Sturiale, 2021 Fellow in Visual Arts, Italy


 It is not a psychological therapy, but rather a cultural one. No doubt it is a privilege to be safely “reclused” here, but the privilege mainly consists in having the opportunity to meet other people coming from different places and in sharing with them ideas and artistic projects.

- Giuliana Bendelli, 2021 Fellow in Literature-Scholarship, Italy


Pulling off this residency in a pandemic was akin to a heist, aided by stalwart efforts from the Foundation. But in the end, it was tremendously fruitful: the most idyllic residency I've ever had.

- Nick Brooke, 2021 Aaron Copland Bogliasco Special Fellow in Music, United Kingdom/United States


 Immersed in the quietness of a space where beauty is the main cipher, I felt both protected from and in harmony with the rest of the world. And especially with myself. Bogliasco was my portal.

- Daniela Fargione, 2021 Fellow in Literature-Scholarship, Italy


There was a little bird that came to visit me at sunset every day and that laziness and that light still illuminate my smile every moment I connect with my time spent there. 

- Roberta Vacca, 2021 Fellow in Music, Italy


I found myself captivated by the tranquility, the location, the opportunities to be surrounded by exquisite beauty whilst supported by a unique group of people who are always focused on providing every chance for one to do one’s best work during the residency.

- Richard van Schoor, 2021 Fellow in Music, South Africa/Germany


The view left me speechless.... a seemingly infinite expanse of the ocean was unfolding right in front of my desk. It is the most beautiful composer's studio I've ever been to! Facing this infinity on a daily basis made it easy to concentrate on the music despite these disturbing times of the global pandemic. It is said that natural beauty has a healing effect not only on our minds but our bodies as well.... I did experience the overall sense of wellbeing and hopefulness while creating here... Just to feel deserving of this beauty, you also want to somehow capture and return it to the world in the form of sounds...

- Žibuoklė Martinaitytė, Fall 2020 Fellow in Music, Lithuania


The limitations enforced by the challenging situation had positive counterparts: a strong bond between the few residual Fellows manning the fortress, but also an increased concentration on our individual work. Inspired by the daily consorting with the waves, the pines and the reflections on the water, I was able to write the best part of two chapters, which is much more than my usual productivity. 

- Daniel Ferrer, Fall 2020 Fellow in Literature Scholarship, France


I'm writing to express my deepest gratitude for my Bogliasco fellowship. The time I spent at the Villa dei Pini with a wonderful group of artists and scholars was productive and restorative. I deeply appreciate the efforts that you all made to keep us safe in these critical times.

- Laura Di Bianco, Fall 2020 Fellow in Visual Arts Scholarship, Italy


My time at Bogliasco was invaluable. I progressed in my work on all aspects of the project and was especially helped by two informal showings of the work-in-progress with my fellow residents, as well as with Bogliasco staff members. The feedback and questions I received were engaged and thoughtful and got me to ask new questions and explore different directions in the work. In addition, I found myself experimenting well beyond the bounds of this particular project. I was uncertain before arriving how much the place and setting and culture would affect my work, but it became clear that it was seeping in and changing how I was seeing and thinking and moving. 

- Abigail Levine, Spring 2020 Fellow in Dance, United States


Being at the Study Center at the Bogliasco Foundation was a rare privilege. I benefitted greatly from my time working in the studio, communing with fellows and staff members, and enjoying the beauty and culture of the region.

- Deborah Zlotsky, Spring 2020 Fellow in Visual Arts, United States


I was able to accomplish an insane amount in the brief time that I was in Italy, and I am genuinely surprised that I was able to get so much work done. This uptick in productivity can only be attributed to the energy of Bogliasco, which is the most magical place that I have ever been. The quality of the light, the sound of the sea, the beautiful villas, gardens, food, and people were like an injection of pure optimism straight into my veins. I will carry that feeling with me forever.

- Christopher Stark, Spring 2020 Fellow in Music, United States


The escape from the demands of normal life—meetings, teaching and service obligations, cooking and more— allowed my mind freedom to think. It was the community of artists, writers, composers, choreographers and staff at Bogliasco, which most informed my work and approach to life. Every conversation over breakfast, lunch, aperitivo or dinner provided a new perspective on creative work and life.

Stephanie Pilat, Spring 2020 Fellow in Architecture, United States


I thank all the incredible staff, organizers, and coordinators for this month of recovered forces, infinite silence and unexpected peace, so precious and rare in the struggle of our “ordinary life”.

Arianna Lodeserto, Spring 2020 Fellow in Film/Video, Italy 


The working atmosphere offered by the Bogliasco Foundation is unique. The beauty of the surrounding landscape is as breathtaking as the study center itself. 

Ralf Lüfter, Fall 2019 Fellow in Philosophy, Italy 


The beauty of the surroundings and the ever-changing sea that I could always view through my windows brought a sense of quietude and opening up of mental space that is all a writer needs for inspiration. 

- Bonnie Marranca, Fall 2019 Fellow in Literature, United States


The joy, ease and productivity of this 5-week retreat at Bogliasco was of inestimable value to me personally and to my work. 

Susan Yankowitz, Fall 2019 Fellow in Theater, United States


As much as I felt relaxed and energized by the environment, I am also so grateful for the time and space at Bogliasco to focus fully on those projects. As I look back, the crux of my experience was actually the people that I got to surround myself with. Having each of us coming from various fields made every conversation incredibly interesting. I was inspired to hear a myriad of new perspectives, new information, and life experiences that I can’t even imagine.  

- Takahiro Yamamoto, Fall 2019 Fellow in Dance, Japan/United States


The residency facilitated wide-ranging conversations across genres and modes of criticism and creativity, enabling fulfilling reflection on the broader impact and meaning of humanist scholarship and writing. As I hold active interests in the history of the arts, literary criticism and performance studies, and cultural history, I found daily interactions with artists and writers of various genres to both inspire and inform the development of my ideas and arguments. 

- Neilesh Bose, Fall 2019 Fellow in History, United States/Canada 


It was such a privilege to be there. To be given the time, the space, and the absence of the usual responsibilities in our hectic lives. It is a memory I will cherish.  

- Medrie MacPhee, Fall 2019 Fellow in Visual Arts, United States  


It was truly a perfect setting for me to be able to work on my manuscript, perched in the loft as though in a treehouse in the pines, to explore the mountains in the afternoon and to return to the warmth and fellowship of the team in Bogliasco in the evening.  

- Laurence O’Dwyer, 2019 Van Cleef & Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellow in Poetry, Ireland  


My time at Bogliasco was restorative in the deepest sense of the word. It was solitary. It was collaborative. The conversations on the nature of time, on the nature of language, what constitutes art and political engagement, conversations that often happened over a sleepy breakfast table (a time in which I couldn’t have imagined talking with anyone!) fueled my days and entered my work. 

Donna Masini, Fall 2019 Fellow in Literature, United States


It is not easy to describe things and certain places. Is it because of the constantly changing light of the Ligurian sky and the persistent murmuring of the Mediterranean sea that is so hard to describe my stay at Villa dei Pini? Or maybe the complete being in the moment and eager desire not to loose a second while in Bogliasco makes the memories of the fellowship so vivid and yet so resistant to put into words?

Zuzanna Bulat Silva, Fall 2019 Fellow in Literature-Scholarship, Poland


There was not one or two aspects of the residency that propelled me forward but many, including the great food, the stunning gardens, the amazing views, long and energizing walk, the quiet, creative minds and more.

- Ayad Rahmani, Fall 2019 Fellow in Architecture, United States


The five-week stay gave me one of the most remarkable and unforgettable periods of my life. Daily discussions and the exchange of ideas, even when not intrinsically connected with my work, sparked my enthusiasm and intellectual responsiveness.

William L. Barcham, Fall 2019 Fellow in Visual Arts-Scholarship, United States


But most of all, the weightlessness of Bogliasco is more than these feelings; it is, like all great gifts, an entrenched and rooted sense of belonging to a place, of feeling, like the umbrella pines that bow in the garden, bending ever more to the sea, yet tethered to the place we all shared in love, rooted in our home.

Andy Crank, Fall 2019 Fellow in Literature-Scholarship, United States


To say this was one of the greatest gifts of my lifetime would not be an overstatement.

Jessica Helfand, Fall 2019 Fellow in Design, United States


This place is the best gift to artists I can imagine. Certainly, it was my best ever gift.

Vona Groarke, Fall 2019 Fellow in Literature, Ireland, Van Cleef & Arpels Bogliasco Special Fellow in Poetry


I was also surprised at how powerful it is to spend time among an absolutely terrific group of similarly laboring souls, none of them precisely in my field, and therefore all the more valuable as sounding boards. And the beauty of the place! That in itself is an astonishing gift.

Nancy Princenthal, Fall 2019 Visual Arts Scholarship, United States


I was also surprised at how powerful it is to spend time among an absolutely terrific group of similarly laboring souls, none of them precisely in my field, and therefore all the more valuable as sounding boards. And the beauty of the place! That in itself is an astonishing gift.

Megan Marshall, Fall 2019 Fellow in Literature, United States, Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation Special Fellowship in Literature


The residency gave me a very comfortable and quiet space to concentrate on my work. At all times I felt supported and I never missed anything.

Pablo Martínez Pessi, Fall 2019 Fellow in Film/Video, Uruguay 


My darling fellow fellows, with whom I will always share a bond, galvanized my sense of belonging to a community of beautiful, creative, funny, whip-smart humans...even almost a year after returning home.

Molly Shanahan, Fall 2019 Fellow in Dance, United States 


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