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Villa Serbelloni
Villa Serbelloni
Villa Maranese
Example of a writer's studio

The Rockefeller Foundation - Bellagio Arts & Literary Arts Residency

Bellagio Center arts & literary arts residencies are for composers, fiction and non-fiction writers, playwrights, poets, video/filmmakers, interdisciplinary and visual artists seeking time for disciplined work, reflection, and collegial engagement, uninterrupted by the usual professional and personal demands. The Center typically offers one-month stays for three to five artists at a time, in a diverse community of resident fellows from fields that include the natural sciences, social sciences, as well as political and non-profit organization leaders. This diverse community reflects the Foundation's belief in the creative and innovative power of interdisciplinary interactions.


Bellagio: Italy

The Center consists of several buildings in 55 acres grounds on Lake Como in Northern Italy: the Villa Serbelloni and Villa Maranese house the resident fellows (scholars, practitioners and artists); the Sfondrata and Frati buildings are reserved for meetings. The town of Bellagio, immediately adjacent to the Bellagio Center, is located in northern Italy at the point where Lake Como divides to form its Lecco and Como arms. It is approximately 75 km. (47 miles) north of Milan.


  • Residency Length: 4 weeks maximum
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 25
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 150


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: December 01
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications are accepted online only and are available two months before the deadline. Current application criteria are available on the website and we encourage all applicants to review the requirements as well as the application resource center before applying:

Past Residents & Quotes

"The ability to work without interruption over a month – especially daily interruptions – is not to be under-estimated. I was able to begin consolidated work on a project that would have taken me at least 4 months to get to the stage of work that I accomplished in one month at Bellagio. The greatest asset to my personal project was the ability to discuss the work with a range of fellow participants and to get immediate feedback from academics and intellectuals on the issues being raised and the overall presentation of the work. Beyond just the project though, the discussions over meals and drinks were incredibly engaging and touched on many other areas of interest that I have, most especially urban education and development in the Third World. I felt incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such interesting scholars working on the range of projects that they were, but was more humbled by the ability of these people to laugh and share their own personal experiences."
— Sharlene Khan, 2009

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
    Residents are housed in two building and each resident is given a private room with private bath. Each fellow also has a private study/studio that either adjoins the bedroom or is nearby on the grounds. High-speed Internet access is available free of charge in all bedrooms and most studies. There is a small library that includes basic reference books and online research tools; the works of many former residents and those resulting from Bellagio Center meetings are also available.
  • Meals: All/most meals are provided by organization
    Vegetarian meals on request, also dietary restrictions can be communicated to the chef, although we cannot guarantee that complex needs can be met.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private)
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
    Accommodations are not available for children and family members other than spouses/life partners, nor for friends or pets.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Several resident suites are available for those with restricted mobility, and several of the buildings now include an elevator. Nonetheless, the hillside setting of the facility and the surrounding area restricts the mobility of persons who have difficulty walking or climbing stairs. The writing and visual artist studios are usually in locations which might be challenging to reach if the resident has difficulty walking or in a wheelchair. The Center is in a remote location and is not equipped to provide medical services or assisted care. The nearest major hospital is in Lecco, a 40-minute drive away.
  • Studios/special equipment: Painting, Photography (digital)
  • Additional studio information: 
    The Maranese Art Studio (for painters) is located directly one flight downstairs from the bedroom (access through an outside stairway). The studio is small and not suited for large works or installations. Length: mt. 4,90 = yards 5.35 Width: mt. 2,65 = yards 2.90 There are two easels and a desk available; an additional work surface can be provided if needed. Water and a sink are available in the adjacent guest laundry room. The studio has ceiling spotlights as well as table lights. There is one south-facing window. There is no kiln or darkroom at the Center.

Residency Fees

The residency is free of charge; however, some resident fellows must pay their own travel fees to Bellagio, Como, Italy. (airfare, local travel)

Stipends / other support

Travel grants and modest stipends to offset incidental travel costs are available on a needs basis, with awards granted to approximately half of all resident fellows.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Residents are expected to complete an online survey about their Bellagio Center experience and to provide a copy of any publications or reviews of their work produced at the Center.

Contact Information

Institute of International Education
809 United Nations Plaza, 7th Floor
New York, New York 10017
United States