Edmund White has recently been awarded the prestigious 2018 PEN/Saul Bellow Award for Career Achievement in American Fiction, joining an elite group of former winners, comprised of Phillip Roth, Don DeLillo, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, and Louise Erdrich. The judges of this year’s award cite White’s “honest, beautifully wrought and fiercely defiant books,” which number many and include A Boy’s Own Story, The Beautiful Room is Empty, and A Farewell Symphony. He is the author of over twenty-five novels, novellas, and biographies and the editor of several anthologies. White is an Official Author of the State of New York, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, an Officier in the French Order of Arts and Letters, and winner of the France-Ameriques Award and the Sicilian Mondello Prize. White teaches writing at Princeton University and lives in New York City.
Garnette Cadogan is an essayist. He is currently a Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University, and a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia. In 2017, Freeman's magazine named him "one of the 29 writers from around the world who represent the future of new writing."
Karen J. Revis
Karen J. Revis is a painter, printmaker and papermaker who lives and works in New York City. She is represented by Sears Peyton Gallery, in New York, Kaller Fine Art, in Washington D.C., and Weber Fine Art, in Greenwich, CT. She has completed residencies at Pyramid Atlantic, Henry Street Settlement, and the Women’s Studio Workshop, where she has recently become a Board Member. Karen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute School of Art. Her work is featured in The Art of Encaustic Painting: Contemporary Expression in the Ancient Medium of Pigmented Wax, by Joanne Mattera, and it is in numerous public and private collections.
Arturo Ianniello is a Teggiano-born sculptor whose work can best be described as "painting with metal". He uses reclaimed metals found from old craft workshops, abandoned farms, and industrial archaeology deposits in the Vallo di Diano and surrounding communities. He has shown his work in galleries throughout Italy. Internationally he has had showings at the Zekevic Gallery in Belgrade and the Bosi Gallery in New York. He lives and works in Teggiano.
The Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio and Daniele Del Monaco
PSYCHOPLUM! is a mutlimedia opera by genius Italian composer composer/keyboardist Daniele del Monaco and the band formed by the outstanding New York based band Marco Cappelli Acoustic Trio (Marco Cappelli, guitar - Ken Filiano, bass - Satoshi Takeishi, percussion).
The complexity of both the score and the video technology involved in PSYCHOPLUM! requires intense preparation, ideally in retreat, before delivering the piece in public. That's why we are honored to have been invited by BACAS as artists-in-residence next July in the Castello Macchiaroli.
A premiere of PSYCHOPLUM! will be given at Castello Macchiaroli in Teggiano at the end of the band’s residency. A New York premiere is scheduled for September 2018.
For more details on the musicians, check out our Events page.
Rossella Siani with VAHA (Virtual Architecture Handcraft Art)
Rossella Siani is an architect with primary interests in digital fabrication and parametric design. A PhD in Architectural Technology, she is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Naples Federico II and is the associate editor of the international scientific journal SMC (Sustainable Mediterranean Construction). Rossella’s work has transcended the strict confines of the “architecture” field and has expanded into inter-disciplinary channels of design and systems analysis, often taking the forms of innovative furniture, systemic installations and cross-genre work. Rossella is the author of several scientific articles in prestigious journals and international conferences. She has won international competitions, both in architecture and art, including: Life in a Day (2008) produced by Ridley Scott, and Ecoismi 2016, an international art competition.
Tiziana Rinaldi Castro
Tiziana Rinaldi Castro is an Italian novelist, short story writer, poet, and Classics professor. Born in Southern Italy, Tiziana has lived in New York since 1984. She teaches Ancient Greek Literature at Montclair State University. She has published three novels in Italian, Il lungo Ritorno (2001), Due cose amare e una dolce (2007), e Come della rosa (2017), a book of poetry, Dai morti (1992), and several short stories in literary anthologies both in Italy and the US. She has just completed her first novel in the English language. Tiziana is married, has two daughters, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.
Denver Butson has published four collections of poetry, including the sum of uncountable things in 2015 and has a fifth book, The Alibis of Scarecrows, slated for publication in 2018. Over one hundred poems have appeared in literary journals, including The Yale Review, The Ontario Review, and others, and high-profile literary anthologies, including those edited by Billy Collins, Garrison Keillor, and Agha Shahid Ali. Regularly featured on National Public Radio, Butson has been thrice-nominated for the Pushcart Prize and is a New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellow. He frequently collaborates with musicians, visual artists, filmmakers, actors, and others in an attempt to bridge gaps between artists working in different disciplines and in order to bring poetry off the page. Butson has taught literature and creative writing for universities, for public grade schools, and for his own writing studio, WritersWriting, in New York City. He has curated art exhibitions, reading series, and salons, and has served as Creative Director for non-profit arts' organizations. He lives with his wife and daughter in Brooklyn, New York.
Born in the town of Sant’Arsenio, one of the eighteen towns that make up the Vallo di Diano, Pietro Costa immigrated with his family to New York in 1972. He has been making art since 1978 and has shown his work in one-person and group exhibitions in the U.S. and in Italy, and in two exhibitions (2003 and 2006) at the Certosa di San Lorenzo in Padula. His work is part of the Guggenheim collection and has been reviewed by Italian and American publications. Costa has worked alongside numerous artists and curators (1982-1996) at the Guggenheim Museum installing hundreds of exhibitions world-wide as well as working on the realization of the Guggenheim Museums SOHO and Guggenheim Bilbao, and spent three years with Richard Serra assisting him in the production, engineering, and exhibition of his large-scale works. He received a New York Foundation for the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship in 2003, the same year he founded Luquer Street Projects, a not-for-profit - a 501(c)3 - to promote interdisciplinary activities among artists, ultimately inspiring the founding of BACAS.