About the Studio

The Studio for Art, Faith & History is a public extension of Gordon College’s arts-oriented semester program in the historic Italian cliff-top town of Orvieto. Located between Florence and Rome in the region of Umbria, Orvieto lies within easy reach of Assisi, Siena, Perugia, and Arezzo, and is home to one of Europe's major cathedrals. From its headquarters in the Palazzo Simoncelli in the oldest medieval neighborhood of the town, the Studio hosts a variety of activities—conferences and seminars, exhibitions and performances—and supports new work in the visual and performing arts.

The Studio for Art, Faith & History promotes activities that re-connect the three terms of its name:

  • Re-connecting Faith with History, by creatively adapting the practices and disciplines of the historic church to 21st century faith and community life;
  • Re-connecting Art with Faith, by exploring the role of the arts in catechesis, theological reflection and spiritual formation as well as in liturgy and private devotion;
  • Re-connecting Art with History, by engaging contemporary artists not only with the themes and narratives of historic Christian tradition but with the media and modes of production used to create the rich heritage of sacred art and drama particularly in Italy.