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The Civita Institute is pleased to announce a new fellowship offering, the Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship, established through the support of Mark Drexler, to promote and encourage a more culturally and ethnically diverse participant base for The Civita Institute Fellowship Program and The Civita Institute.

The Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship (DFDF) provides sponsorship of a thirty day Civita Institute fellowship for an applicant who self-identifies as a member of a historically underrepresented group. The DFDF will provide a stipend in the amount of $2,000.00 to one Drexler Family Diversity Fellow each year. In addition to the fellowship stipend, lodging for one month at the Civita Institute facilities in Civita di Bagnoregio is included. The stipend may be used for living expenses and/or air travel. Applicants must have 3 years of work in their field and meet The Civita Institute criteria for fellowship selection.

The first application round for the 2018 Drexler Family Diversity Fellowship will open in early February 2018. Check here for updates.

Northeast Chapter Announces 2018-19 Fellows

The Northeast Chapter of the Civita Institute is pleased to announce that the following artists, scholars and writers have been selected as new fellows of the Institute. Their proposals for work and study in Civita were selected in a juried process for their excellence.

Grimanesa Amoros: 
Workshops with the Artist
Lighting sculpture artist, Grimanesa Amoros, will host art workshops for Civitonici and will work with them to create an art video that captures the essence of their town and their lives. She also plans to project videos displaying her light sequences for the entire town to experience.
 
John Apruzzese: 
Obeída: The Morphing City
John will draw upon his extensive international affairs experience to write a novel set in an imagined Civita. His protagonist, Alïana, leads a humanitarian mission into the city of Obeída to assist its citizens in their massive exodus, only to discover that Obeída is morphing from within, both physically and linguistically, and a new citizenry, with its own origin and displacement stories, is emerging from an underground labyrinth.
 
Micaela Skoknic Dockendorff: 
The Lesson of Landscape

Attorney and historic preservationist, Micaela Skoknic, will explore how green infrastructure can give new life to historic towns in the Lazio region. Studying Civita's lessons of continuity and impermanence, she will attempt to affirm and expand preservation's contribution to community stability and sustainable development.
 
Claudia Sbrissa: 
The Poetics of Place

Artist Claudia Sbrissa will investigate both place and space, by referencing architectural forms and systems within the natural and built landscape of Civita di Bagnoregio. She plans to use locally sourced materials in her drawings, sculptures and site installations.
 
We wish to thank to our jury members for the time and energy they contributed to this endeavor.
Gwen Conners: Architect/Principal, 1100 Architect, New York; Doug Cooper: Architect/Professor, Department of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon, Pittsburgh, PA; Artist, represented by Hirschl & Adler, New York, NY; David Harvey: Architect/Founding Partner and Principal, Harvey Marshall Berling & Associates, New York, NY; Joey McGarvey: Editor, Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis, MN*; Alison B Snyder: Architect/Professor, Chair of the Department of Interior Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

*Ms. McGarvey reviewed the two applications from fiction writers and emailed her thoughts to the jury.

Announcing our 2018 Fellows!

We are excited to announce our 2018 Fellows—Laura Bartunek, Taehyung Kim, Luann Bice and Jean Hicks. Read more about their proposed projects.

A huge thank you to our esteemed 2018 jury—S. Surface; Ellen Ziegler; Lesley Bain, FAIA; Jon Gentry, AIA; and Stephen Day, AIA.