About the Residency Workshop with Stanley Lewis
We are pleased to announce that Stanley Lewis will be our Distinguished Artist in Residence at the International Center for the Arts in Monte Castello for the summer of 2017 from July 9-30. Stanley’s work is widely known and exhibited. He is currently represented by Betty Cuningham Gallery in New York and has work is in prestigious public and private collections worldwide. A Guggenheim Fellow, Stanley Lewis has also been the recipient of numerous awards including a National Academy Award for Excellence from the National Academy Museum in New York.
Select Paintings and Drawings by Stanley Lewis
An Emeritus Professor from American University, he has taught at many other notable institutions including Kansas City Art Institute, Smith College and Parsons School of Design. He currently teaches at the New York Studio School and has taught workshops an artist in residence at Chautauqua Institution, Dartmouth College, Mount Gretna School of Art, the International School of Art in Italy and many others.
Aside from his long list of accolades, Stanley is known for his devotion to his practice as a painter and teacher. Moreover, as Gabriel Roberts stated in reference to a Tulsa public radio interview:
“Stanley Lewis is a force of nature in the art world. You will never meet a man more excited about painting, committed to his work, or genuinely interested in the artistic growth of his students. Above all Stanley lives life with a childish sense of wonder and a firm presence in every moment—characteristics that make him a joy to be around and a legendary painter.”
Paintings of Umbria by Stanley Lewis
Thaddeus Radell wrote in a 2014 Painting Perceptions review of Stanley’s work:
“Lewis’ paintings dictate a precise sense of light and harmonize mesmerizing scales of urgent descriptive content. One sees a weathered wall, a weed-raged field, a gleaming white 18-wheeler, a few beached rowboats, a fence, a house, telephone lines. As one explores further and further into these pastoral kaleidoscopes, one can never exhaust the multiple layers of densely packed details nor the broad range of mark-making used to describe them. They are fiercely won painted trophies of intimate spaces ravaged by Lewis’ intrepid eye.”
Morgan Taylor wrote in Art Critical:
“Stanley Lewis is a powerful painter. His vision is independent, original, raw.”
A Brooklyn Rail’s 2011 review of Stanley Lewis’s work, Ben La Rocco wrote:
“Lewis’s paintings are questions. How can paint address the quality of light and presence of a place so as to rival the experience of the place itself?”
Drawings by Stanley Lewis
Art in America FEB. 19, 2015 review by Julian Kreimer of a Stanley Lewis exhibition at the Betty Cuningham Gallery said of Lewis’ drawings:
“Lewis’s drawings have always been my favorite works of his. Like many of the pieces in the show, his big pencil drawing of a hemlock tree, measuring almost 5 by 6 feet, is composed of many sheets of paper. Glued on top of each other, they create a palpable density, from which Lewis scrapes out chunks of paper to represent the whitish spaces of snow and sky seen through graphite-darkened branches.
Three renditions of a snowy yard, two in ballpoint and one in pen and ink, show him translating the scene with slight shifts in framing, angle and light. The frenetic intensity he brings to capturing this hushed suburban landscape is deeply humbling. The light will fade quickly, and he must catch it while he can.”
hyperallergic.com October 20, 2014 review by Patrick Neal of a Stanley Lewis exhibition at the Betty Cuningham Gallery.
“Lewis’s work has an astounding physicality in the manner of such British landscape painters as Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff. He heavily reworks the surfaces of oil paintings and pencil and ink drawings as he delineates an object’s close-up specificity or grounded sense of place. A work’s surface roils with the accretion of years worth of heavy and thin paint or dense tonality.”
Stanley Lewis on Painting:
“There is a moment, there is a flash when you look at your picture, and you look at the scene, and there’s a correspondence. And that’s the thrill. It’s the payoff for the day’s work. It’s very personal. It’s just a sweet feeling. Getting the colors right, and seeing it you say ‘oh my god I got it.”
Painting at Monte Castello di Vibio
This workshop is set in the historic village of Monte Castello di Vibio. Monte Castello is a quiet but lively Umbrian hill town that has hosted painting and drawing programs for many years. Misty mornings in July give way to the fabled Italian sun each afternoon, making for a variety of weather conditions from which to paint. Within its medieval stone walls lie ample opportunities for working from the source. Quaint yet modern, surrounded by acres and acres of working vineyards, olive orchards, sunny fields and shady cypress groves, our facilities offer moody interiors, sunny terraces, high towers and large windows with stunning views. In short, it is the ideal place to find motifs suited to any perceptual aesthetic.
Participants will receive a hearty breakfast each morning, followed by a long morning of working with Stanley until lunch. In the afternoon, residents will be free to spend the afternoon as they wish: attending lectures, participating in materials demonstrations or open figure sessions, and enjoying independent studio time before dinner. Each resident will be provided with a private or semi-private studio space in Palazzo Persiani, a four-story fifteenth century building with a tower that overlooks the entire Tiber Valley. Infinitely varied views of the terrain surrounding Monte Castello will provide unparalleled opportunities to work from the landscape, still life as well as pursue independent studio projects. Amenities at Asilo include: wi-fi, a library, laundry facilities, computers and lecture areas, vending machines and ample space for casual conversation and relaxation.
- Painting sessions/lectures with Stanley Lewis
- Open Figure Studio 2/week
- Private Studios, 24 hours/day
- Visiting Artists & Lecture Series
- Airport pickup and reception
- End of session gallery Exhibition and Reception
- Excursions to Florence, Rome and Assisi
Amenities at Asilo, a restored 12th century convent, include:
- Simple atmospheric rooms overlooking the Tiber
- Double and single occupancy
- Dining hall and outdoor dining terrace
- Shared bathrooms
- Private double accommodations available for families
- Supplemental upon request, subject to availability
- Three meals/day, except on excursion day
- Meals prepared on site with fresh local ingredients
- Typical Umbrian cuisine
- Sunday banquet brunch
- 24 hour access to Commons Rooms
- Digital image data base
- Laundry facilities
- Vending machines
- Ample space for casual conversation and relaxation
- Library, coffee/tea, laundry and phone
- Trip Monitor for all field trips
- Housekeeping daily/linens service
- Well stocked art supply store access
- Computers and lecture areas
- 24 hour emergency assistance
- 24 hour bilingual site support
- Site orientations:
- Montecastello di Vibio
- Pre-trip lecture on Florence, Rome and Assisi
- Assistance with off campus personal travel plans
Deposits are due May 15, 2017
Final registration and Payment in Full is due June 8, 2017
After June 8, we will accept registrations and deposits on a space available basis, payable in full at the time of registration.
A €50 fee will be assessed for late registration.
Cancellation before May 15: Full refund less deposit of €350
Cancellation after May 15: Fees are nonrefundable
Please see this link for our complete cancellation policies