Professional artists, established yet motivated for growth in their faith and art careers, actively seeking the Spirit of God to have a powerful Presence in creative process and aspirations.



A three week stay in an agriturismo (rural vacation home) in the rolling hills of Tuscany. We will exercise the rhythms of seeking the Presence of God through solitude, community, and ministry, all within the context of utilizing our craft. As an artist-in-residence program, there will be ample time spent making art. The theme of Respiro 2015 residency will be { La Persona nel Ritratto }in which there will be an emphasis on identity and portraiture. We will be investigating identity together: God’s, ours, and others’, individually and corporately through scriptural study and commitment to prayer. We will then move outward, responding visually as we engage in conversation and create portraits of other artists present and of the local inhabitants.




July 15th - August 5th 2015

Near a tiny medieval town called Castel del Piano, about 2 hours south of Florence, Italy in the rolling Tuscan hills. Yes, rolling.



Our hope and prayer is that RESPIRO will provide time and space for God to speak to Italian and American artists in new and transformative ways about who He is, who we are, and what those Truths mean for our creative process. We hope the artists will have a unique experience making art in response to excellent biblical teaching, Christian community, contemplative prayer, ample time in scripture, and the peace and stillness of the Tuscan countryside. Our prayer is that each artist will then return back to their churches and communities revitalized and empowered to engage more deeply in their culture and motivated to pursue their art career diligently with renewed passion for the Lord.


Program Costs

$1400 includes:

  • 3 weeks lodging in apartment style housing with other artists
  • Shared rental cars and gas for daily scheduled activities
  • Exhibition with dinner at the end of the residency
  • Italian family style dinner catered 5 nights per week including a welcome and good bye dinner (artists are free on weekends to travel and explore) at l’Olivastra

Scholarship opportunities:

  • Exhibition Coordinator
  • Translator
  • Photographer
  • Videographer

General Schedule

Silent hours until 10am

Respiro Schedule