I typically think of working on creative projects as exciting but difficult… However, at Bogliasco I had a remarkable experience: the environment–both physically and socially–was so warm, calm, supportive, and beautiful that my work style was able to take a new form. Instead of straining to work amidst obligations, I was able to work very simply because I wanted to and had time to.

Offer Egozy, Spring 2018 Film/Video Fellow, United States

I'm not sure I'll ever replicate such ideal working conditions.

James Shapiro, Fall 2017 Literature-Scholarship Fellow, United States

It is difficult to say what you miss the most after you’ve left a heavenly residence such as Villa dei Pini of the Bogliasco Foundation. The breath-taking beauty of the place, the kindness and support of the staff, the company of wonderful fellows and the conduciveness of the experience as a whole, all made my time productive and amazing.

Francesco Ciabattoni, Spring 2018 Literature-Scholarship Fellow, Italy/ United States

The Bogliasco residency allowed for a concentrated creative burst that I can’t recall experiencing before, except under conditions of stress and solitude to meet a deadline. In this case, the experience was both unstressed and profoundly satisfying, even communal. There’s no greater pleasure than writing with a free and clear mind, and doing twice as much as one expects.

Mary Jacobus, Fall 2017 Literature Fellow, United States

To have left the Foundation with a mind more open and more willing to embrace the new than when I arrived now strikes me as perhaps the greater benefit, though certainly more difficult to measure, than the completion of a book chapter.

Klaus Benesch, Fall 2017 Architecture Fellow, Germany

I have done other residencies in the past, but this was my first multidisciplinary fellowship, and the experience could not have been better. I had no idea that I would learn so much and from such interesting relationships. In the end we all talked about our next plans and what had waiting for us around the corner. And we jokingly decided to reapply all together as a group in five years. Only it probably wasn’t a joke.

Carlos Mayor, Spring 2018 Literature Fellow, Spain

While at Bogliasco, I felt free to explore, look, think, and dream. I took creative risk by learning a new photographic process while training my lens on new subject matter. The images I created are unlike any of my previous work.

Isa Leshko, Fall 2017 Visual Arts Fellow, United States

I am enjoying every minute and every hour of my stay in Bogliasco. Work gets done as if by magic and I receive so many impressions and ideas from both staff and colleagues.

The landscape and the seascape around me, the towns and Genova itself are like books I am never tired of reading.

Miroslawa Buchholtz, Fall 2017 Literature-Scholarship Fellow, Poland

The Fellowship offered a wonderful balance of freedom and structure. It lasted long enough to wrap up and check out of projects and commitments back home, but was compact enough to stimulate an intense burst of productivity.

The space created to think and plan had value far beyond the production of the two pieces of writing. I was also able to draw and play with ideas for other work, and much of the resolution of my upcoming show… was formulated between espressos, stretching and reading in the glorious studio space.

Charles Ogilvie, Spring 2018 Visual Arts Fellow, United Kingdom

Overall, our fellowships at the Bogliasco Foundation pushed us into new territory that we could not have imagined, and we believe our work moving forward will bear the mark of this incredible exchange of minds in one of the world’s most sublime locations.

John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson, Fall 2017 Film/Video Fellows, United States

Bogliasco worked its miracle and surrounded by utter beauty and good company, I was able to get myself to the end of the novel.

Luísa Costa Gomes, Fall 2017 Literature Fellow, Portugal

This residency was a truly inspiring and enlightening experience that provided a fertile and embracing creative environment where I was able to accomplish much more than I imagined or anticipated and still enjoy the company of my fellow Fellows as well as take advantage of the many sights in the area.

Frank J. Avella, Spring 2018 Theater Fellow, United States

It would have been impossible for me to concieve a larg-scale project such as this one without the continuous concentration of my work that the Bogliasco Fellowship Residency allowed me to have.

The interaction with other fellows from different disciplines during meals, excursions and informal presentations was inpsiring, influential and warm. Lasting friendships developed during the one-month residency. The family atmosphere created by the foudnation's environment and staff should certainly be mentioned here as well.

Kees Tazelaar, Fall 2017 Music Fellow, The Netherlands

My time in Bogliasco made the project of writing literary essays seems easier than it was, and now that I’m back with the familiar necessities of daily life, a part of me is trying to recapture the intensity and concentration I had when I was in Italy, nestled in the pines, overlooking the sea, eating risotto and walking the hills above the villa.

John Haskell, Spring 2018 Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation Special Fellow in Literature, United States

The formal and informal interactions with the diverse community of scholars and artists in residence at the Bogliasco Foundation undoubtedly advanced the development of my writing by providing fresh insights and unique forms of criticism on the larger topics that ground my subject.

John Comazzi, Fall 2017 Architecture Fellow, United States

Overall, the working conditions of the studio were ideal and unmatched in my experience… It felt as though I had accomplished in a month what would normally take much longer.

Sandra Parker, Fall 2017 Dance Fellow, Australia

I'm not sure I'll ever replicate such ideal working conditions.

James Shapiro, Fall 2017 Literature-Scholarship Fellow, United States