New World School of the Arts photography professor Maria Martinez-Cañas was one of 13 fellows and one Director's Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy. Nominated by a Museum curator, Martinez-Cañas was offered the opportunity to live and create work during six weeks in a 15th century castle located in rural Umbria. The fellowship alsoincluded round-trip travel, room, board and studio space.
“During my Fellowship, I created a collaborative project between the other 13 Civitella Fellows, three staff members and myself,” explained Martinez-Cañas, “This is the beginning of what I hope will become a limited edition portfolio. I also photographed around 4,200 images of what I call 'sources' for another limited edition portfolio of 'straight/manipulated' work. In addition, I had uninterrupted time to learn a new photographic software that I had acquired two days before the trip, which has allowed me to work the images more precisely and in detail.”
The Civitella Ranieri Fellowships are awarded through a careful nomination and jury process by a rotating group of distinguished artists, academics, and critics that ensures access to a highly diverse group of emerging and accomplished candidates from around the world. Only nominated candidates may apply and a review jury makes selections.
As stated by the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, artists require unfettered time and space to engage in their work and the world. Building on the legacy of our founder, Ursula Corning, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation opens the doors annually for four six-week residency sessions of self-directed studio and work time. Each residency community of 12-14 brings together accomplished international artists, writers, and composers at emerging and established moments in their careers. They are joined by a limited number of invited Director’s Guests to foster a robust contemporary dialogue that transcends disciplines and geography. A Civitella Ranieri Fellowship changes lives, develops permanent connections, and refreshes one’s work.
“The dialogues with the other creative Fellows, the time spent working on my work, the connection with nature, the quietness of the place and the amazing beauty of Umbria were all sources of inspirations, ” explains Martinez-Cañas. “This was an amazing place and exceptional program. I have no doubts that the time I spent there has already had an impact in my creative life.”
About NWSA: The distinguished history of the NewWorld School of the Arts began in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established the institution to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means to achieve both an academic education and artistic training. In September 1986, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve. NWSA’s audition-based programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater. New WorldSchool of the Arts offers the high school diploma as well as a four-year BFA or BM college degree.
The academic music curriculum at New World School of the Arts fosters creativity and develops knowledge of musical heritage. Course work strives to develop the student'sgrowth and maturity in comprehensive artistry. Areas of concentration include Drawing, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
Information about the NWSA Visual Arts program is available by calling 305-237-3620 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.