Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center

WHAT: The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center
WHEN: The next deadline for the Bellagio residency competition for scholars and creative artists will be announced during April 2010, for a possible residency from March 2011 – June 30, 2011. Please check back during April for deadline dates.
WHERE: Bellagio, Italy
WHO: artists, writers

The Rockefeller Foundation would like to inform you of an opportunity at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy. For nearly fifty years, the Foundation has hosted high-level scholars, creative artists and public affairs practitioners at Bellagio for concentrated work on major projects. Accomplished professional use time at Bellagio, away from usual daily demands, to advance work that has impact across disciplines. Residents interact daily in an active international and intellectual community. Artists and scholars stay for one month of work at Bellagio, and flexible schedules are employed for public affairs practitioners. The section process for Bellagio is very competitive and only proven professionals with significant projects should apply. Applicants from outside the United States and Western Europe are encourage to apply, as are those working on projects aligned the Foundation objectives to aid disadvantaged populations.

Residencies for Creative Artists

Bellagio creative arts residencies provide time for disciplined work, individual reflection, and collegial engagement, uninterrupted by the usual professional and personal demands.


Residencies are open to composers, novelists, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers and visual artists. The Center typically offers one-month stays for no more than three-to-five creative artists at a time. Artists of significant achievement, from any country, are welcome to apply.

The Experience

Residency participants include artists, writers, non-governmental organization practitioners, policymakers, scholars and scientists from around the world. Meals and informal presentations of work provide an opportunity for residents to engage with each other. During special dinners, residents also have the chance to interact with the participants of international conferences that are hosted in various buildings on the Center’s property. The combination of private time for work and reflection and informal gatherings is an important part of life at the Center.

Spouses/life partners may accompany the resident, or may apply for a concurrent residency.

The Center also offers collaborative residencies for two to four persons working on the same project.

Length of Stay

Residencies are typically four-weeks, however, shorter periods may be available. Applicants will need to submit a statement describing why an alternate length of time is requested.

Creative Artist Application Checklist

During the online application process, the following items will be required, and must be attached as Word or PDF documents (work samples for composers/video/filmmakers may be sent via post):

  • In addition to an introductory summary of your Bellagio project, submit a one-page artist’s statement that also indicates additional details about the planned work. It should be specific about the stage of the project and the future plan for exhibiting, performing, publishing the work.
  • For literary arts; novelists, non-fiction, poets and playwrights: a detailed description of the project, indicating its purpose and goals (5-10 pages - please review guidelines under Frequently Asked Questions). If available, please include a draft chapter or brief outline.
  • Curriculum vitae, maximum four pages, including exhibitions, performances, publications and/or awards.
  • Three references with knowledge of your project. They must be able to respond via email. (See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.)
  • Optional, but not mandatory. Published reviews of the applicant’s previous work (maximum of 3 reviews). Reviews must be in English.



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