Benaco Arte is hosted by the B&B Lamagia di Corte Moronati, which opened in 2014. Lamagia comes from the conjunction of the names of Laura, Marzia and Giada, as a family-run business, expanding the previous successful experiment of “La Casa di Marla”, small B&B in the same courtyard in the small hamlet of Corte Moronati in the middle of the vineyards of Lugana in Sirmione (Brescia).

The same year was founded Corte Moronity Artist-in-Residence which hosted artists internationally for a first spring residency. In 2015 and 2016 the same building hosted a new project, Artgarda, run by Giada Crispiels, Adam Eckstrom and Lauren Was for a one-month residency each time, the first year Artgarda took place in spring (April2-30th) and in 2016 in the fall (October 2-30th).

Corte Moronati AIR changes then name and becomes “Benaco Arte” finally in January 2017. The new program runs twice a year.
Spring Residency is generally in May, one month length.
Fall residency runs for 3 months, from October to December.

Giada Crispiels_Executive Director_Benaco Arte

Giada Crispiels Italo-Belgian artist born September 20Th 1984, lives between Brooklyn (NY) and Sirmione (BS), Italy. She received her MFA in Set Design and Theatre, at LABA Academy of Art, in Brescia, Italy. During her last years of studies her interest moved toward visual arts and focused on the interaction of materials and space; exploring how locations influence the art piece and how the perception of it changes within a different space. Since then she has been engaged in a continuing dialog between art making and art entrepreneurship. Her particular interest focuses on residencies programs and pop up exhibition’s spaces. In the last few years she has been engaged in different programs with New York Foundation for the Arts (Brooklyn, NY), and collaborated closely with several artist residency programs in the US including Artspace New Haven, CT; Wassaic Project in Wassaic, NY; visiting artist for the series “Living Gallery” at Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center in Solomon MD and Prairie Arts Center in Peoria, IL.