(Artistic Director)

Carole Robb is a painter and her teaching experience includes the New York Studio School, New York, Camberwell School of Art, the Royal College of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK. A winner of the Rome Prize in Painting (1980), a Fulbright Scholar, and member of the National Academy, New York; Ms. Robb was born in Scotland and studied painting at the Glasgow School of Art and the University of Reading, England (MFA 1979). She studied with Sir Terry Frost. Robb has worked in Rome, Venice, New York and London. She is represented by the Robert Steele Gallery. Her work is in both private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and the Imperial War Museum, London.  


Frances Middendorf has a Bachelor's degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master's from the School of Visual Arts in New York where she has also taught. Following a 15-year commercial art career working for clients such as The New York Times, Newsweek and the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, Professor Middendorf continued her learning at the New York Studio School. She came to Italy in 1997 to study with the New York painter, Nicholas Carone, and decided to stay. Frances has lived in Florence, has a studio in Umbria and now resides in Rome. Frances has exhibited her paintings and drawings in France, New York and Italy, with recent solo shows at the Museum Casa Natale di Cesare Pavese in Piedmont and the National Arts Club in New York. Frances credits her knowledge of drawing to her father and to the New York sculptor/painter Bruce Gagnier.  This is Frances's fourth year of teaching on the Rome Art Program.


Jose Grave de Peralta studied Fresco painting at the Spinelli Institute, Florence and drawing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has a Master's degree in Spanish Literature from University of Delaware and is fluent in Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. His Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Classics is from St. John's College, Maryland. Peralta has extensive experience of teaching drawing and art history at the University of Miami, and he originally came to Rome as drawing professor for that same school's graduate architecture program. Jose Peralta has had numerous solo exhibitions and recent shows include Galleria Impression, Cetona (Siena) and Zu Galeria, Miami. He grew up in Miami and moved to Rome in 2009, where he now lives and works.  This is Jose's fourth year of teaching on the Rome Art Program.



(Visiting Critic)

Artist and Founding Director, Metasenta Projects, Dr. Irene Barberis is an artist, academic and Founding Director of Metasenta® Projects Pty. Ltd, a global arts research 'satellite' which functions between universities, arts organizations and artists. She has initiated many international arts projects in collaboration with artists and institutions in the UK, USA, the Middle East and the Far East.

Born in London, Dr. Barberis holds a Ph.D. from Victoria University, Melbourne. She is a painter, installation and new media artist and has held over forty-five solo exhibitions in Australia and internationally, and participated in more than eighty group exhibitions. In the last year, Dr. Barberis has worked with process performances in drawing and large scale installations, and recently exhibited in the Bury Museum and Art Gallery, UK with Australian Artist Mike Parr; and the Art and Science 'Tapestry of Light Project' with Professor David Mainwaring in February in Dubai, at the Tashkeel Gallery, UAE. She was International Chair of the Crossing the Line Drawing in the Middle East Conference giving one of the keynote addresses, and is currently curating an exhibition of 87 Australian Artists for an international Drawing Conference in London at the University of the Arts London which includes the launching of the new Contemporary Australian Artists Volume 1 publication which she commissioned through Metasenta®. She has initiated and directed two University galleries and now is a Director of the commercial gallery, Langford120 in Melbourne, Australia. She is also a Senior Lecturer in the RMIT School of Art in Painting, Drawing and Research and has many Ph.D. and D.F.A. Post Graduate supervisions.

Dr. Barberis runs Metasenta Publications, an arm of Metasenta Pty. Ltd. which works with international artists and arts writers. She is currently authoring a book, due for publication in September through International publishers Palgrave Macmillan, on Metasenta®.

Visiting artists and art historians have also included:       T.A's have included:

Dan Abrams Brenda Jones Tristan Barlow
Dr. Irene Barberis Don Kimes Austin Furtak-Cole
Jacobo Benci Professor Terry Kirk Amber Martin
Elizabeth Butler                              Peter Benson Miller
Roberto Caracciolo                                   Mark Pulsford
Professor Riccardo Dottori                        Andrea Smith
Joanne Freeman                                         Professor Christopher Smith
Alan Feltus                                                    Professor John Varriano


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