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Lori-Ann Touchette

Guest Artist - Past

Lori-Ann Touchette is an art historian/archaeologist with degrees from Brown, Princeton and Oxford Universities. Living in Rome since 1997, she teaches for the School of Visual Arts Rome Program. She is an author and editor of books and articles regarding Greek and Roman art, the 18th century Grand Tour, historical and contemporary ceramics, and more. In 2012, she co-founded C.R.E.T.A. Rome with Italian artist Paolo Porelli.

Notable Academic Works

  1. Archaism and Electicism

    The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture, 2015

  2. The Shrine of Pankrates

    The Classical Review (New Series), 1999

  3. Cary Fellowship: Roman reception of the Greek cultural tradition

    Papers of the British School at Rome, 1999


Founder of C.R.E.T.A.

The non-profit organization ‘c.r.e.t.a. rome’ offers an international self-funded residency program in the historical centre of Rome, Italy. The Italian word for clay is perfect to express the commitment to creating an international reference point for ceramics and the arts in the eternal city of Rome. Moreover, taken as an acronym, it spells out c.r.e.t.a.'s main activities: ceramics, residencies, exhibitions, teaching and the arts. Artists have the opportunity to focus on their art, whether it be creating a new body of work, expanding a well-established oeuvre or allowing themselves to draw inspiration from their surroundings and the centuries of culture that define the eternal city. In addition, they have access to the wealth of galleries and exhibitions in Rome and beyond.