- About Us -
Established in 2018, we are the [sm]art Curators, a non-profit initiative curating Residencies in Italy, international Exhibitions, and annual Festivals, carefully curated by international distinguished compositions of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across disciplines with focus on Visual Art, Literature, Poetry, Photography, Public Art, Sculptor, Performance Art, Music, Opera, and Dance.
- Friends & Patrons -
We are grateful for the ongoing support of our international community of [sm]art Friends & Patrons!
To become a [sm]art Friend & Patron you can find more info here, grazie mille!
We started our journey in Spoleto, Italy, accompanied by artists and writers from all over the world.
- 2018 -
The seed for [sm]art curators was planted in 2018 by Francesca d'Alessandro and Ralph Overbeck, hosting artists in residence at Casale Flaminia in Spoleto during the spring and fall seasons, with focus on visual art, literature and poetry.
In fall 2018 we welcomed our first three artists in residence. "Authentic, haunting, and evocative … Their work truly matters. These artists deserve the time and the space to pursue it.” Mellisa D. Felix, [sm]art Executive Curator.
- 2019 -
World-renowned author and dancer, Twyla Tharp, once said, “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” In 2019 we were thrilled to offer four artists in residence a place to run to in spring — and the time and resources to continue creating their beautiful art.
We had no idea what was coming around the corner!
- 2020 -
During the pandemic lockdown, Casale Flaminia was invited to participate at Smart Travel, an annual festival dedicated to Smart Cities and Smart Tourism with a special focus promoting best practices, case studies, conceptual innovations, novelty services and products, creativeness, and interactions between tourists, citizens, cities, corporations, and stakeholders.
"We traveled around the world in a digital way, but we need to restart something that is in our human nature: the arts, the culture, the social, the travel, the discovery, the dreaming." Vitor Pereira, Founder Smart Travel and [sm]art Executive.
Inspired by Vitor's concluding note, reflecting on Smart Travel 20 edition, carrying Vitor's vision, and "miracle aligner legacy", the idea for the first edition of Smart Festival 21 spin off hosted by Casale Flaminia was born! Co-creating and dreaming with fellow artists and creatives from around the world, especially curated for anyone to tune in with live-streaming.
- 2021 -
Responding to the pandemic lockdown in Feb 2021, we launched our first digital edition of Smart Festival 21, carefully curated by a distinguished international composition of artists, academics, and cultural leaders across disciplines, with focus on Visual Art, Literature, Poetry, Photography, Performance Art, Public Art, and Dance.
In partnership with Art Gate VR, we started to exhibit our artists beyond brick and mortar spaces in a virtual reality marketplace. Our aim is to make it easy for international collectors and art lovers to visit our (sm)art exhibitions anytime, anywhere.
We held our first (sm)art exhibition spaces at The Meta Biennale 18 Nov to 18 Dec 2021.
- 2022 -
"With the extraordinary support of our [sm]art friends & patrons, we are aiming to connect and curate artists, artisans, and creatives - locally and internationally to an amplified audience, celebrating and recognising their work, because the world needs them more than ever!" Ralph Overbeck [sm]art Executive.
We are in the process to incorporate [sm]art in New York, establishing our international presence to continue to curate our seasonal residencies in Italy, accompanied by international exhibitions and festivals - reaching out to an amplified audience, and new friends & patrons.