The Gallery of Art occupies approximately 200 sqmt of space on the ground floor of the Villa Caproni, the Headquarters since 1966 of Temple University Rome. Divided into two rooms, with high ceilings, white walls and modern lights, this exhibition space has hosted hundreds of shows, performances, concerts and other events since its inception. Established in 1990 as the exhibition space of Temple Rome, our intention is to identify, research and display the works of art of local and international, emerging and established artists who work in the area of Rome. Our exhibitions reflect our interest in an open-minded vision of the art process, without preference for style, medium or format, analogous to our teaching mission as an American university campus abroad. And as a teaching gallery, our focus is to share our ideas with students and the public through clear and innovative programming.
Gallery openings are frequent and provide a lively environment for students to meet others students and members of the art and local community. Click here to see Temple Rome Art Gallery.
Over the years we have staged shows of well-known Italian artists such as Sandro Chia, Oliviero Rainaldi, Marco Delogu, and others; of international artists such as British sculptor Antony Gormley; we have offered the opportunity to artists to present works that would otherwise be impossible, forcing us to remove a guardrail and a door to get the work into the gallery; we have forged relationships with other institutions such as commercial galleries, the Accademia di Belle Arti – the art school of the University of Rome system – the American Academy in Rome; and we have offered debut exhibitions to emerging artists who have continued to grow, sometimes in a new direction – painter Francesco Impellizzeri presented his first performance piece and has since become well-known in this field.
Our investigations have led us to show the historical generation of feminist artists (Ruth Weisberg, Joanne Leonard, Cloti Ricciardi, Suzanne Santoro) and to search for new solutions among very young women artists in Rome. Recently we have focused our attention on a series of exhibitions devoted to Roman artist collectives. These communities of usually very diverse artists rent spaces in former industrial spaces often in the periphery of Rome. Our exhibitions present the entire studio team – who exhibit together for the first time – with the intent to show how artists share ideas, exchange thoughts and come to similar solutions through varied processes.
Director of Exhibitions, Temple Rome Gallery of Art