Professor Timothy J. Allen, M.F.A.

Adjunct Professor. Timothy Joseph Allen is an American painter living and working in Rome, Italy since 1998. He is firmly rooted in the Classical tradition of figurative art and is principally influenced by the Old Masters of the 17th century. When asked what relevance the past has on contemporary art he replies, "we need to be reminded: there is no beauty without rules and there is no better rule book than nature." He is also the founder and director of The Painting and Drawing Art Studio of Rome.
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Professor Marina Buening, M.A.

Adjunct Professor. I studied sculpture in my native Germany and continued my studies here in Italy where I immersed myself in printmaking, photography and started to work with a variety of very different materials, often inspired by nature. For me, being an artist means that you have to learn certain, basic rules and aesthetic criteria in order to judge your own work and critique the work of others. In the process, you gain an immense freedom to express yourself und communicate with the world, but you have to dig deep to find your own personal way. This is reflected in my teaching. Studying and creating art in Rome allows you to sharpen your eye and further personalize your vision; not merely by referencing the old masters but, being in a modern vibrant museums and galleries like the MAXXI and Gagosian, with the latest trends in contemporary art.
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Professor Kristien de Neve, M.A., M.S.

Adjunct Professor. Born in Belgium, I decided to come and study art in Rome.  I was mostly attracted to the colors here, I loved the many layers of art and history …  you encounter an artistic miracle everywhere, getting a feeling of eternity.  The present movement of contemporary art in Rome allows for a juxtaposition of past influences and ideas projected towards the future,  giving a deeper perspective to artistic research. AUR offers a stimulating learning environment focused on the individual needs of each student which matches my style of teaching.  Every art student brings in a unique universe which I help to nurture and cultivate.  My work merges many media, so we can explore all kinds of techniques and artistic languages.  I’m looking forward to help you develop your own artistic expression.
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Professor Paul Gwynne, PhD

Professor. Rome has been at the center of artistic creativity in all media for over 2,000 years. The range of courses in drawing, painting, printmaking and elementary sculpture offered by the Fine Arts department at AUR gives students the opportunity to interact with this vibrant tradition whether your interest lies in the reception of Rome’s classical past or the shock of the new at MACRO. Through regular critiques each course emphasizes technical expertise and innovation in equal part. But don’t just take my word for it  ̶  experience this heady creative cocktail for yourself!
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Professor Mary Beth Looney, M.A., M.F.A.

Adjunct Professor. As a practicing artist, Professor Looney has exhibited works in a variety of media in local, regional and national exhibitions.  As a researcher and scholar, she has authored and contributed articles for print and online compendiums as well as lectured on a host of art topics for a wide variety of audiences. She is an avid practitioner of flipped classroom techniques and Reacting to the Past games for the college classroom.  She currently has one Reacting to the Past game in playtest circulation, and two game concepts in development.
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Professor Yuri Perrini

Adjunct Professor.
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