RUC is an international artist residency, welcoming artists, musicians and writers from all over the world.

RUC supports multicultural dialogue and interdisciplinary exchange between international artists and local traditions in a rural dimension that offers artistic time in solitude and exchanges between peers. Sited in a remote location, RUC's isolated beauty is the ideal environment for intellectual work and creates optimal conditions for concentration and creativity, international exchange, friendship, and mutual understanding.

RUC is the ancient name given by locals to our estate and means terraced garden on the rocks.

Minerva Temple on Oglio river by Artist


Discovering rural life
Cross-cultural understanding
International exchange



RUC believes that experiencing the ancestral magic of rural life in the Alps may enhance inspiration and support creativity through reconnecting artists to the natural world and to their genuine self.



RUC is located in the Italian Alps, in Lombardy, in the Valcamonica valley. Milan is 1 hour and 30 minutes away by car or public transport. The international airport of Milan Orio al Serio can be reached in 40 minutes.


Because of the uniqueness of its prehistoric engravings carved in the rocks, Valcamonica was the first Italian site to be listed among UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1979.

On the southern side, the valley flows into the beautiful lake Iseo where the breathtaking fishing island Montisola was chosen in 2016 by Christo for his installation The Floating Piers. On the nothern side, the valley is topped by the largest glacier of the Italian Alps, the Adamello National Park.

RUC is located very near to prominent Roman archaeological sites, and the nearest villages count an ancient Roman open air theatre and the ruins of a temple dedicated to the goddess Minerva.

During the Second World War these mountains witnessed some of the most crucial battles of the Italian Resistance against Fascism. The history of RUC is indissolubly intertwined with those events.

The Floating Piers, summer 2016
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RUC is an estate of 8 hectares (around 20 acres) on the hills, ringed by higher mountains, with a wide meadow and wooded area, a vegetable garden, several fruit trees, and vineyards that produce very refined wines with innovative methods.

On this property there are 3 country houses creating a tiny rural community, and 2 villas where artists are hosted, our headquarters Villa Amati, and a newly restored charm dépendance called Casetta.

All guests will enjoy full use of the property and all of its amenities, gardens, courtyards, and common spaces.

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We are grateful and proud of Agricola Vallecamonica that greatly manages our vineyards. Residents can discover more on the production thanks to tastings and workshops with the winemaker in person.



RUC's special climate conditions have incredibly preserved its vineyards from phylloxera: today our vineyard is older than one hundred years and it is one of the rare varieties in Europe not grafted onto American vines.

The wine production uses the depths of several nearby Alpine lakes as cellars to create a simply unique wine in taste and history.



Art, Archaeology, History, and Craftsmanship
Nature and Wilderness Discovery
International Dialogue



RUC believes in supporting artists’ development through reconnecting with nature and with the valley's ancient traditions.

Residents may be introduced to the valley’s cultural heritage, tailoring their interests with in-depth itineraries on archaeology, history, art, and workshops. Residents may learn the secrets of local horticulture, vineyards, and gastronomy. They may be lead to trekking itineraries that unveil the beauty and wilderness of the mountains in one of the very few Italian sites still untouched by tourism.

RUC supports the organization of presentations and events both within its community and outside, as well as meetings with our fellow artists and connections with international art galleries and curators.


Applications for individual residencies during the summer 2021 are accepted on a rolling basis until October 1.

The residency is open worldwide to visual artists, musicians, and writers. 

Applications are accepted every year on a rolling basis for residency periods from May to October (from 1 to 3 weeks).

Please provide the following: Artist Statement, Résumé, List of 10 Artworks. 

The weekly residency fee may vary according to the length of the residency and type of accommodation. The residency fee is partly subsidized and is intended to cover the maintenance of the whole property, buildings and countryside. We are happy to assist artists seeking grants or other forms of funding in their home country or institution, by providing an invitation letter when a candidate is accepted.

We welcome artists from all over the world, and encourage foreign applicants by helping them with all logistical matters.

For artists travelling extensively throughout the country, we are happy to recommend a stop-over at our family Agriturismo Podere Amati near Bologna, on the main highway and railway hub between Southern to Northern Italy.


Every summer RUC hosts special courses and workshops lead by international artists. The leading artists and RUC staff are at complete disposal of the residents for any assistance, and to shape the courses on their needs and preferences. In order to help us programming in the best possible way, please contact us to for more information and to share your preferred dates.

RUC has developed permanent collaborations with: Paola Alborghetti, Eyenga BokambaGiorgio CossuEckehard FuchsAndrew HockenberryAlex LorenziKelly Medford, Patricia MirandaGabriele Reina.

Due to the global Covid emergency, courses and workshop dates for summer 2021 may be subject to change according to the government restrictions. Thank you for your comprehension.


RUC is proudly partnering and collaborating with the Future Tense Gallery in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA), founded by artist Eyenga Bokamba. RUC Alumni will be prioritized to submit a proposal for a show at the Future Tense Gallery.





Andrew Hockenberry

August, September, October 2021.

Session 1: August 6-14

Session 2: August 20-28

Session 3: September 17-25

Session 4: October 1-9

Course Description

In this 8 days hands-on course, we will discuss and participate in creating abstract art and sculpture specifically outdoors, influenced by nature. Creating an outdoor artist studio we will be surrounded by nature to see how that influences the abstract form. Bringing together artists from all around the world we have the opportunity to explore and learn from each other’s art studio practices and education and life experiences. We will eat in the season the Italian way, drink their wine and enjoy the company of the artists most lucky to be involved. Each day will be planned with loose guidelines to ensure time is used wisely but each artist will have the freedom to explore and create.

Instructor Bio

Hockenberry began painting in 2002, after moving to Denver, Colorado. A self-taught artist, he learned to build frames and stretch canvas, an important part of his process. He manipulates and repurposes traditional and alternative materials to create balance in his subconscious abstract paintings and observational figure drawings. Every mark is deliberate and applied to the rhythm of music. Having moved to NYC to pursue his art professionally, he continues to explore the boundaries of materials and marks.


A walk through creating lead by Paola Alborghetti, and Eckehard Fuchs

Create your own workshop!

Workshops schedule and focus are flexible and can be tailored on your needs and interests.

Several slots available through the whole summer 2021.

Contact us today to share your calendar preferences and to know when is the next starting workshop!

Programs availability from July 1, to October 1, 2021.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Course Description

The artist couple Paola Alborghetti and Eckehard Fuchs invite you on a journey through artistic media. In the process, we will individually address your favorite technique and open up views across genre boundaries. Sketching, watercolor painting - or an excursion into woodcutting, we playfully conquer the garden of RUC and explore the rich cultural landscape of Valcamonica.

The course is open to everyone - art lovers as well as artists, no previous knowledge or training is required. We are happy to adapt the course to your needs both for the schedule and for the contents. The course is available in German, Italian and English.

Instructors Bio
‘We work and think from the medium of painting, although we like to explore interfaces with other artistic practices,’ says the German-Italian artist couple who studied at the academies in Dresden and Milan and have traveled internationally. ‘It is important for us to perceive cultural differences through our own experiences,’ so the couple lives and works in various countries besides Japan and America, their center is in Europe and especially in Italy, Czech Republic and Germany where they exhibit in galleries and museums and are represented with projects.
‘We have a very special relationship with the Italian Pre-Alps and in particular with the Valcamonica region’. The two painters have worked here on and off over a period of five years, establishing an international artist residency. ‘…In the meantime we experience the cultural landscape of the Valcamonica with a view from the inside and from the outside. This opens up a wide scope of action for us, as well as precisely the critical mass that is so important for our artistic work.’

RUC is a member of the most prestigious networks of international Artists Residencies worldwide

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