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Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (California) – Call for Artists

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (California) – Call for Artists

The Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency (JTHAR) announce a call for artists for the group artist residency period of seven weeks, April 27 – June 15, 2021. Artists unable to attend this group residency program may apply for a 6 week individual stay at JTHAR. Artists selected for this program are at all stages of their careers and work in all media, including drawing, painting, photography, film, video, new media, installation, fiction and non fiction writing, interdisciplinary, social practice, and architecture.

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Deadline: 10 Jan 2021

JTHAR supports the CDC, state and local guidelines for limiting exposure to COVID-19 and is committed keeping a small, rural community safe. Each artist can work in uninterrupted solitude as living quarters and studios are private and resident schedules will not overlap. Participating artists practice social distancing, wear face masks, and diligently use hand sanitizers and disinfectants during their stay.

“It’s impossible to describe my time at JTHAR without words that sound hyperbolic, but they’re all true. Beyond unprecedented access to a natural landscape like none other, the Joshua Tree Highlands Artists Residency brought me into a community of artists and neighbors who will never cease to inspire me. When I told a friend about my work in the desert, she gave me this advice: “be the most wild version of yourself.” In an environment at once challenging, wondrous, and limitlessly supportive, JTHAR was the gift to chase the wildest, most fulfilled version of myself and of my art.” – Rae del Bianco

“JTHAR provided me with time and space to not only explore my own artistic practice but learn about an entirely new ecosystem and engage with a rich artistic community. The unique landscape of Joshua Tree is deeply inspirational. During breaks between working on large studio pieces, I would go outside and just paint what I found around me. These observational studies kept my painting muscles strong and ended up influencing larger works. This balance of having the studio, the landscape, and the community at my fingertips made the experience.” – Benn Hambuger

About Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency

Founded in 2007, JTHAR is a nonprofit artist residency that fosters creativity through opportunities for exploring, experimenting, quiet reflection, engagement, and cross-cultural exchange with the vibrant local artist community. The program establishes spaces where inspiration happens on a daily basis. Artists innovate, change the cultural landscape, and generate a fresh look at the way we connect to each other and to the world. Each year, 4-6 artists from around the world create work amidst the beauty of Joshua Tree National Park, a spectacular and unique setting. The space has 15 years of providing a creative environment for artists and writers.

For more information, contact info@jthar.com

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HCL Artist In Residence Program (Chicago, IL) – Call For Artists

HCL Artist In Residence Program (Chicago, IL) – Call For Artists

High Concept Labs (HCL) announces a call for artists for their flagship program, the HCL Artist in Residence, designed to promote the growth of artists and their work by providing an environment of experimentation and discovery that is accessible and supports the artist. It is fundamental for High Concept Labs to provide tangible, direct, and nimble resources for artists that meet their specific needs to continue to grow their practice. Artists across disciplines are invited to apply for support of the creation of new work in any stage of development.

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Deadline: 25 Sept 2020

Artists receive free studio space, documentation, marketing, and fundraising support. They have the opportunity to show work at every stage of creation with HCL producing support. In 2020, HCL is instituting a $1,000 cash stipend per Residency, to be remitted over the course of the residency year. During the residency, artists are encouraged to further their research, funding, and development support for their project. In addition, they may organize and are encouraged to participate in HCL-organized events designed to open the studio in order to spur, develop, examine, and articulate ideas, including:

  • peer-to-peer showings
  • facilitated dialogues
  • workshops
  • digital documentation as a process tool
  • reflective writing
  • access to the resources of partners, research institutions, and the civic community

HCL Artist In Residence Studios

The total studio size is 1,700 square feet. It has 6 pillars that run three feet from the length of two walls. The room is enclosed by two glass walls visible from the common hallways and two solid walls. The studio floor is three inches high from the hallway floor, requiring a small step up. The room has three lockable exit/entry doors.

The studio provides 1,500 square feet of sprung wood flooring with marley. It is equipped with 1 ceiling-mounted projector, PA system, baby grand Steinway piano, 20 folding chairs, 4 stools, floor cushions, and 2 folding tables.

The two glass walls of the studio allow in the lighting from the common hallways. They have motion sensors programmed by Mana Contemporary. The glass walls may create a reverberant space for sound and music. For full privacy, sound management and light control, black cloths are available by HCL. HCL can schedule temporary shutoff of the sensors by special request. For any installation requiring drilling or hanging into wall and ceiling surfaces please consult with HCL staff.

About High Concept Labs

Since its foundation in 2009, High Concept Labs has been providing Chicago artists with flexible, affordable space in which to develop projects and new works. HCL began by sharing the only thing it had to offer – space – specifically, a warehouse located in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, that artists could use to develop their projects. Over the course of its first year, HCL evolved into a full-fledged arts service organization, assisting artists with administration, publicity, and production. From inception, HCL’s goal was simple: to grow art.

For more information, contact info@highconceptlabs.org.

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EcoHouse Artist Residency (Costa Rica) – Call For Artists

EcoHouse Artist Residency (Costa Rica) – Call For Artists

The Mauser Harmony with Nature Foundation announces a call for artists for the EcoHouse Artist Residency, Costa Rica. Strengthen your mind, body, and spirit by immersing yourself in nature. Let the clean water, air, and sunshine be your medicine. The residency is a luxurious 6,000 sq. ft. Spanish Villa that sits on 1.5 acres of land. It is located within a small community in the mountains. Surrounding it is the jungle, breathtaking views, and miles of dirt roads and trails to meander, run, hike, and explore. There is a family owned restaurant, Mirador Donde Andrés, with delicious food a 20 minute walk away.

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Deadline: 20 Jul 2020

Accommodations:

  • 2 private rooms, each with matrimonial bed and private bathroom
  • 1 communal bedroom with 2 XL bunk beds (pillow top mattresses), attached large bathroom with Jacuzzi
  • Beds made by local artisan from wood repurposed from fallen trees
  • Natural cooling in each bedroom provided by ceiling fans
  • Covered wrap around veranda provides artists with 2 hammocks for relaxing, reflecting, or meditating in the cool evening jungle breeze
  • Main Studio 20 ft x 22 ft  with up to 4 spaces available with natural light and large wooden doors with view to backyard gardens
  • Open air studios on covered veranda overlooking jungle
  • Writer’s private room studio with desk and chair, matrimonial bed, and attached bathroom facing a butterfly garden

Duration of residency: 2 weeks to 3 months (longer stays available on approval)

Cost: $18-56 a day depending on length of stay and shared or private room

Included in cost:

  • Shuttle service to and from airport (SJO)
  • Free wi-fi, weekly maid service, and fully equipped community kitchen
  • Continental self-serve breakfast Monday through Friday
  • Prepared gourmet vegetarian meal at 5 pm Monday through Friday
  • Trips to the grocery store, local fruit/vegetable stands, and Farmer’s Markets
  • A variety of power tools, drills, electric saws, wrenches, screw drivers, machetes, and a Dremel available for use

Artists bring needed supplies for their projects. Mauser Foundation will be happy to help facilitate an order and pick up. Please be sure to give ample notice.

Mauser Foundation welcomes applicants from all races, cultures, and lifestyles. No fee to apply.

EcoHouse Artist Residency Artist Benefits

The EcoHouse Artist Residency is the perfect place for all types of nature loving artists to come get healthy and be creative.

The program focuses on furnishing artists with healthy gourmet delicious vegetarian meals (breakfast and dinner 5 days a week with ingredients that are either grown on site or locally and sustainably sourced), comfortable and beautiful accommodations, ample work space, and serene surroundings so that individual or group projects can can flourish.

You will be surrounded by dozens of different species of birds, butterflies, insects, flowers, and plants. It is common to have toucans, scarlet macaws, monkeys, coatis, and sloths pass through. There is a stream that runs through the lower half of the property. Phenomenal sunrises and sunsets and marvelous natural light all day.

The yard is filled with edible fruits like plantains, papayas, and lemons. There is a working greenhouse. Produce and herbs are grown on site. Help yourself! There is lemongrass, mint, stevia, holy, and purple basil to name a few.

Heather, our on-site artist and EcoHouse Coordinator welcomes and delights in giving tours of the property’ sustainable features including the medicinal and tropical plants.

There is a library of books at the residency to learn about permaculture, sustainability, and Costa Rican wildlife and plants.

Mauser Foundation plans trips to the beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Monkey Mangrove Tour, Cacao Farms, waterfalls (including Rainmaker), cloud forests, volcanos, and nature reserves (available for an additional cost).

About Mauser Harmony with Nature Foundation

The program at the Mauser EcoHouse is all about providing a beautiful, tranquil, and inspirational space where artists can immerse themselves in their individual projects. Artists are encouraged to be self directed and pursue their own creative ideas.

Some specifics about Costa Rica:

  • Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world’s biodiversity even though its landmass only takes up .03% of the planet’s surface.
  • There are 801 miles of coastline in Costa Rica.
  • Costa Rica is one of the most valued environmental destinations. Approximately 25% of the country has protected forests and reserves.

The Mauser Harmony with Nature Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to improving the quality of life on the planet. They believe it is possible to find a harmonious balance between technology and nature.

For more information, contact heather@mauserfoundation.org

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The Curious Loop Educational Residency (Perleberg, Germany) – Call For Artists

The Curious Loop Educational Residency (Perleberg, Germany) – Call For Artists

The Field Kitchen Academy announces a call for artists for The Curious Loop, their interdisciplinary, educational residency programme that gathers artists/ creative minds, a resident chef, and prominent experts from different fields together around a kitchen table through mind-opening acts and actions. On its second edition, a total of 11 interdisciplinary residents will be selected to join the upcoming Field Kitchen Academy in its three modules. Curated by Ece Pazarbaşı, this year, under the title of The Curious Loop, the Field Kitchen Academy will use the notion of loops-in-sound as a gateway to other concepts of repetition, offering a variety of individual and collective experiences.

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Deadline: 22 Jun 2020

Loops represent a time that is suspended, which is a compressed source of the past, present, and the future. The loop oscillates between the known and the unknown. As for the viewer and listener, it could unfold to a future of known (as it repeats the same material over and over again), but it may relate to an unknown (as surprises are always welcome). One never knows if the loop will be broken with an unknown sound or visual component – no matter how well defined and repeated the loop has developed in the past. If one cannot step into the same river twice and one opens to perception with all senses, what differences can we find in each loop?

Composed of three intertwined modules that allow for different durations in the residency, the program is open to application from all disciplines and all walks of life. The selected residents will have the opportunity of pursuing processes of experimentation, discussion, trial and error, the progression of knowledge, and know-how in working sessions during the first 3 weeks. The last half week will be the ‘simmering’ period where the residents are expected to do nothing but only listening.

The outcome of the Field Kitchen Academy’s three working sessions will be presented as part of The Curious Loop Public Program. The Public Program is partially supported by Musikfonds and Die Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.

Location: Gutshaus Wusten-Buchholz, Perleberg, Germany. Approximately 2 hours away from Berlin. Selected participants will be announced by 6 July 2020.

Educational Residency Leaders

  • Bill Fontana (composer and video artist)
  • Hans Peter Kuhn (sound and visual artist)
  • Sebastian Mullaert A.k.a Minilogue (producer and DJ)
  • Ove Holmqvist (sound artist)
  • Hans Rosenström (sound artist)
  • Steffi Weismann (sound artist)
  • Ji Woo and Sun Woo (Zen Masters)
  • Prof. Dr. Ursula Koch (Neurophysiologist)

Chef in Residence: Emrah Tas

Selection committee: Peter Cusack, Ali M. Demirel, Juliana Hodkinson, Mario Asef, and Ece Pazarbaşı.

The Curious Loop Artist Benefits

The three intertwined modules allow for different durations in the residency. The participation fee covers shared room for two people for the entire period, 3 plant based meals (breakfast, lunch, dinners, and tea time snacks), and the program fee for the entire working sessions and participation in the public program. With an inter-disciplinary approach, the Field Kitchen Academy invites six experts of academics and field practitioners to meet 10 carefully selected artists/ creative minds and a resident cook in a concentrated environment with health regulations.

About Field Kitchen Academy

Field Kitchen Academy is a mobile project of GROUND e.V., that brings artists and creative minds together with experts around interdisciplinary topics and food. It aims at transcending the existing borders between research and practice, beyond forms and formats with innovative tools, and experiences on holistic knowing and thinking. It aims at stimulating new areas and formats of investigations. Programs support artistic practice and creative thinking in a lab format. The three pillars of the Field Kitchen Academy:

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Each edition of Field Kitchen Academy is uses the residency period as a process for a field research on a particularly selected concept. It chooses to take place in idyllic or characteristically unique urban areas to attain an encapsulated focus of its participants.

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Field Kitchen Academy acts in two dimensions. It is an educational lab for experimentation, discussion, trial and fail, progression of knowledge and creativity where heated and open debates can take place. And it is an educational residency for app. 10 participants and one resident cook. It provides a ‘simmering’ time for its residents, where they will have the opportunity to work and reflect through the knowledge they co-created with the experts.

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At the Field Kitchen Academy, the kitchen table is a symbol for uniting and overcoming the hierarchies of conventional education. It stands out for a table of equity and experience exchange platform. Smarts with street smarts share their wisdom with the residents of the programme.

For more information, contact info.fieldkitchen@gmail.com

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Summer / Fall Wyoming Residencies (Saratoga, WY) – Call for Artists

Summer / Fall Wyoming Residencies (Saratoga, WY) – Call for Artists

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts announces a call for artists for their Summer / Fall Wyoming Residencies, offering time and space for artistic exploration through immersion in the extraordinary beauty of the West. Located on 30,000 acres of scenic splendor at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest outside of Saratoga, Wyoming, the camp is situated right next to Brush Creek, in between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges.

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Deadline: 1 Mar 2020

Writers, visual artists, performance artists, musicians, and composers are encouraged to apply for a three week artist residency program, complete with lodging, meals, working facilities, and incredible natural beauty. Residents are at liberty to structure their own time and activity while on a creative retreat.

Summer / Fall Wyoming Residencies Benefits

Creativity flows next to the banks of Brush Creek where up to eight residents immerse themselves in uninterrupted work time to polish existing projects, explore new endeavors, and further develop their craft.

Whether solitude or social engagement is inspiring, the opportunities for creative enrichment are endless at Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts.

During their time at the Artist Camp, artists will be provided a single room with private bath, individual studio space, and meals. Breakfast fare is provided for self-service,while lunch and dinner are shared family-style in the common area each night.

“Brush Creek Arts is a magical, special residency where the days seem to expand before you—allowing space to write, think through problems, take long hikes, enjoy the other residents’ company. I got so much done, and I’m so grateful for the care with which they created this space. The fully stocked kitchen and meals, the perfect studio, the sweet bedrooms with weekly cleanings—the attention to detail allowed me to focus fully on my writing. Thank you so much, Brush Creek! I hope to come back one day!” – Crystal Hana Kim (BCFA Alumna, November 2017)

 

“The Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts Residency is beyond ideal. It fits any artist looking not only for time and opportunity to focus on their creative project but also for inspiration from the residency’s one of a kind landscape. I would recommend this residency to any serious artist looking to advance their work and their aesthetic by tremendous degrees in a matter of weeks. I will long be living on the inspiring and memorable fumes of my time spent there.”
– Alexander Lumans (BCFA Alumni September 2017)

About Brush Creek Foundation For The Arts

Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts offers residencies for artists on a historic working ranch in Wyoming.

Imbued with the spirit of the American West, the ranch sits at the base of the Medicine Bow National Forest between the Sierra Madre and Snowy Mountain ranges just outside the town of Saratoga, Wyoming. From countless miles of trails to hike, bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski, this unique destination offers endless ways to enjoy this spectacular country.

A diversity of wildlife call the ranch home, including antelope, deer, elk, moose, fox, badger, and marmots.

The Artist Camp features eight working studios in historic, restored ranch buildings and eight individual residences with private bath, closet, and separate work space. Kitchen, library, family room, and laundry facility are shared.

For more information, contact info@brushcreekarts.org.

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World of Co Artist Residency 2020 (Sofia, Bulgaria) – Call For Artists

World of Co Artist Residency 2020 (Sofia, Bulgaria) – Call For Artists

World of Co Artist Residency 2020 offers a friendly, supportive, and stimulating atmosphere to international and Bulgarian artists, curators, researchers and art managers. The residency enables participants to develop ongoing research, work on art projects, and discover the city and artistic scene of Bulgaria. By creating opportunities for meetings, the program initiates an environment for exchanges and discussions to foster common experiments between people and venues from various disciplinary fields. During the residency, the artists focus on research, experiments, production, learning new skills, critical discourse, networking, and collaboration.

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Deadline: 25 Feb 2020

The residency is the first year-round program in the country. It runs from January to December. World of Co Alumni consists of more than 100 residents, working in a variety of artistic fields like fine arts, film, literature, fashion, and graphic design. Open to artists of all ages at any point in their career – visual artists, textile artists, media artists, multidisciplinary artists, photographers, graphic designers, illustrators, animators, fashion designers, jewelry designers, educators, and video / film makers from all around the world.

World of Co Artist Residency 2020 Studio Space

Living in a beautiful apartment in the city center, meeting locals, visiting art events in unique spaces, and enjoying wonderful views accompanied by the great food and drinks will make you remember your stay in Sofia.

The residency includes a spacious apartment that occupies the entire floor of a historic residential building from 1895, surviving both World Wars. Despite the fact that the whole space is renovated, some of the details in the interior are preserved and person still can immerse in the days of the Kingdom of Bulgaria.

The apartment includes three fully-furnished individual bedrooms with bed, nightstand, clothes rack, and desk in addition to the one in the studio, where the artists can create when they need some privacy. The studio is part of the same apartment, a bright open shared space, equipped with big working desks, comfortable chairs, lamps, and easels. Except the private bedrooms, everything else is shared with future fellows – bathroom, balcony, fully equipped kitchen (with utensils, oven, microwave, coffee machine, toaster, fridge, and washing machine).

The residents have access to fast Wi-Fi connection, art and travel books, some English novels, and catalogs of previous residents and Bulgarian artists. Some basic tools such as hammers, screwdrivers, levels, scissors, pliers, wire, tape, glue, paper, and painting materials donated by previous artists are at your disposal. Cleaning service included.

Support

  • Technical and research support in the implementation of the artists’ projects
  • Presenting and promoting the artists and their projects produced during the residency through World of Co network, website, and social media
  • Welcome pack and Q&A on-boarding session – practical information about your life in Sofia
  • Selected list with independent art spaces, institutional art galleries and museums, art supply stores, print shops, hardware shops, bars, and restaurants in Sofia
  • Curated list of art and culture events happening in Sofia during your stay
  • Bulgarian SIM card

Meetings

  • Guided cultural program with specially selected meetings and artists’ visits
  • Series of sessions: Insights into artistic research
  • Moderated discussion: Building an effective online presence as artist – tips and advises
  • Group meetings: Artists’ talks and goals for the residency
  • Shared discussions on progress, issues, and project stages
  • Learning the basics of Bulgarian language with World of Co team
  • Workshops in traditional crafts or other can be organized (Optional – not included in the residency fee)

Group Exhibition

  • Curated group exhibition / open studio at the end of the residency session
  • Gallery show organization and coordination, artist statements, bios, invites, and set up
  • Selection of gallery, art, or alternative space for the exhibition

Social Equity

The mission of World of Co Artist Residency is to develop a collaborative platform for artistic and cultural exchange and social equity. The World of Co has hosted artists from Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, and South and North America. Creative topics relate to social equity, so together we can bring more awareness of Bulgaria and in the world.

About World of Co Artist Residency

The World of Co Artist Residency, international multidisciplinary art program, is based in the heart of Sofia. They create space for artistic exploration while introducing the vibrant cultural and contemporary art scene in the beautiful capital of Bulgaria. The mission of World of Co Artist Residency is to develop a collaborative platform for artistic and cultural exchange, driven by the new inspirations from the people and the city. The residency fosters communication and cooperation between guest artists, their local fellows, galleries, art centers, and alternative spaces. The Residency provides artists the opportunity to exhibit in front of the Bulgarian audience. World of Co partners with contemporary art galleries, universities, alternative spaces, NGOs, and other organizations.

About Sofia, Bulgaria

Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria. It is a dynamic city with a vivid art scene, parks, and urban treasures. Always have something new to explore. The city represents a striking and interesting mixture of Eastern and Western manners, culture, and lifestyle. It is a place with friendly vibes and rich history. Dive into the eclectic nature through discovering brutalist Communist architecture, the Ottoman urban structures, archaeological sites, and modern districts. The soul of Sofia is the artsy side streets and alleys, public spaces where young people gather, and local outdoor food, book, and flea markets.

For more information, contact contact@worldof.co.

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BigCi Environmental Awards 2020 (Australia) – Call For Artists

BigCi Environmental Awards 2020 (Australia) – Call For Artists

Artists from various fields – visual art, installation, multimedia, performance, literature, music, photography, film making, and curating – are invited to submit entries for the BigCi Environmental Awards 2020. Your submission must show how you will respond to the environmental issues of the day using your chosen medium. Relevance to the edge of the Wollemi National Park in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Greater Blue Mountains is essential. The Greater Blue Mountains is an area of stunning scenic beauty, with its own unique flora, fauna, and geomorphology. BigCi is located 1.5 hours drive from Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, yet it is in a dramatically different world.

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Deadline: 29 Feb 2020

There is an entry fee of AUD$30 that must be paid at the time of sending the submission. Entry fees are not refundable. They will be used to support these Awards and other BigCi artist-in-residence programs.

BigCi is looking for inspirational projects that will be executed within the residency time frame. Choose to deal with relevant environmental or natural science issues, explore ideas and concepts related to nature, or use this opportunity to creatively respond to the unique wilderness and the current challenges it faces.

The focus of the award is on the environment. This is open to a wide range of interpretations, allowing you to work on aspects that are of most interest to you and fit best with your artistic practice.

BigCi Environmental Awards 2020 Benefits

  • The two winning artists will each receive (4) free weeks of BigCi residency and AUD$2,500 spending money
  • Up to AUD$2,000 flight travel subsidy will be shared between the two winners
  • The winners of the award will have an opportunity to explore the Wollemi, Blue Mountains, and Gardens of Stone National Parks on guided walks
  • Winners will be given research assistance relevant to their projects
  • Present work at BigCi Open Day

About BigCi

BigCi is an independent, artist run, not for profit artist residency program focusing on artists’ professional development and facilitating their projects. It was established and is run by Rae Bolotin, a practicing artist, and Yuri Bolotin, environmentalist and wilderness explorer.

Because of the location and knowledge base of the team, many of the resident artists are particularly interested in projects that explore environmental or ecological issues. Many others use the beautiful natural surroundings as a source of creativity for a variety of different artistic pursuits.

All residents have opportunities to take part in bushwalks conducted by Yuri Bolotin, an experienced mountain guide and author. Learn first hand about the unique natural environment of the area.

Artists-in-residence are able to present their work during a BigCi Open Day that usually takes place at the end of their stay.

For more information, contact rae@bigci.org.

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AIR Studio Paducah 2021 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

AIR Studio Paducah 2021 (Paducah, KY) – Call For Artists

AIR Studio Paducah 2021 is an artist-in-residence studio and efficiency apartment located in the Lower Town Arts District of Paducah, Kentucky, six blocks from the Ohio River. They welcome self-motivated, focused artists working in a range of creative practices. Residents include visual artists, photographers, architects, writers, composers, and improvisational choreographers. Applicants are encouraged to have a clear objective for their residency. Stays usually range from two weeks to three months.

Click here for the application / registration

Deadline: 15 Feb 2020

The residency affords the artist time and space for focused, independent work, the development of new ideas, and experimentation. Visits to area cultural centers, galleries, and performance venues as well as short trips to regional arts facilities can open up a range of networking possibilities. AIR Studio Paducah features a storefront gallery/multi-purpose space that can be used for exhibitions or presentations during the residency.

Opportunities to muse or collaborate with other artists in the Paducah community are often available.

“AIR Studio is for serious artists who want a creative respite from their day-to-day environment and offers an ideal setting for those on sabbatical or who want a focused period of time to start or complete a body of work.” – Alonzo Davis

AIR Studio Paducah conducts a competitive selection process. Applications are peer-reviewed on a basis of the quality of past work and the applicant’s potential to have a productive residency. Applicants must be at least 21 years old. Collaborative pairs and couples are welcome.

AIR Studio Paducah 2021 Advisors

  • Deborah Ager – writer/poet, Maryland
  • Jodi Beder – musician, Maryland
  • Laura Cole – architect, Oregon
  • Adriene Cruz – fiber artist, Oregon
  • Nehemiah Dixon III – artist/curator, Maryland
  • Robert (Bob) Donahue – artist, Maryland
  • Itzel Lavenderos Hawes – architect/photographer, Mexico
  • Dave Malone – poet, Missouri
  • Andrea Prince – artist, West Virginia
  • Honor Woodard – artist/photographer, Georgia

About AIR Studio Paducah

AIR Studio Paducah, now in its 16th year as an artist residency program, is situated in the heart of the LowerTown Arts District, Paducah, Kentucky. Since 2004, creatives from around the country and abroad have passed through the doors to make the most of the space and a stretch of undistracted time as envisioned by founder Alonzo Davis, himself an artist.

Drawn to Paducah by the Artist Relocation Program, Davis initially considered LowerTown as the location for a personal studio/retreat. Inspired however by working retreat experiences in California, Costa Rica, Connecticut, Wyoming, Colorado and Virginia, Davis decided instead to establish an artist residency program. Not only would visiting artists benefit, but also interaction with a changing influx of creatives from outside could lend an additional dynamic to the evolving LowerTown community. An active residency program would also heighten arts district visibility in the world of artist’s communities nationally and internationally.

About AIR Studio Prior Residents

In 2004 and as soon as renovations at 621 Madison Street were complete, AIR Studio Paducah welcomed its first resident—painter, Pinkney Herbert of Memphis. Soon to follow was printmaker, Maritza Davila, also of Memphis and on her heels, Adriene Cruz, a fiber artist from Portland, Oregon arrived. Other early residents included Benjamin Kelley, sculptor, Dave Malone, poet, the art quilter, Anita Knox, and digital artist, Monica Smith. Paducah area artists and writers also utilized the space from time to time.

For most of its existence, A.I.R. residents have been visual and fiber artists, a few photographers, and a scattering of creatives in other disciplines. The application process has since expanded and opened up to writers, architects, composers and improvisational choreographers. Geographically, residents hail from all over the U.S. east, west, north, south, and Canada.

For more information, contact airstudiopaducah@gmail.com.

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Pine Needles Residency (Marine on St Croix, MN) – Call For Artists

Pine Needles Residency (Marine on St Croix, MN) – Call For Artists

The Science Museum of Minnesota announces a call for artists for the Artist at Pine Needles Residency for Summer 2020, a program sponsored by the St. Croix Watershed Research Station. With the vision to enhance scientific understanding through art, the St. Croix Watershed Research Station invites artists-in-residence to interact with the scientific staff and local community to further explore the intersection between art and science. Since 2001, the Artist at Pine Needles Residency has welcomed over 50 artists and writers to the banks of the St. Croix River in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota.

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Deadline: 29 Feb 2020

In addition to accepting applications from established artists, the Pine Needles Residency includes an emerging artist category to encourage and support upcoming artists with this same calling. Emerging artists show some evidence of achievement. To date, they do not have a substantial record of accomplishment and are not yet recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, critics, and arts administrators. Emerging artists will be considered in a separate pool and must be 21 years of age or older.

About St. Croix Watershed Research Station

The St. Croix Watershed Research Station is the environmental research station of the Science Museum of Minnesota. It is a private, non-profit laboratory dedicated to better understanding humanity’s relationship with our most precious resource by studying how land use, climate change, atmospheric deposition, and other factors affect aquatic systems.

The setting for the Artist at Pine Needles Residency is the James Taylor Dunn Pine Needles Cabin, located just north of the village of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota, on the bluffs of the St. Croix River. In 2019, the artists selected were: large-scale, 2D and 3D visual artist Katherine Steichen Rosing of Madison, WI; botanical printmaker Linda Snouffer of St. Paul, MN; installation artist and sculptor Peter Krsko of Wonewoc, WI; and emerging artist, lyrical essayist and poet Kate Lucas of Minneapolis, MN.

Applications for 2020 will be accepted from writers and artists who focus on environmental or natural history topics and strive to connect the complex world between art, nature, and the sciences. As part of the program, artists will be encouraged to design an outreach project to share their work with the local community.

Artist at Pine Needles Residency Artist Benefits

The 2020 Artist at Pine Needles Residency offers artists the unique opportunity to interact and learn from freshwater paleolimnological scientists who study how lakes and rivers are changing over time and what can be done to mitigate those changes brought on by land use practices and climate change. This interaction between artists and scientists fosters a deeper understanding of the connections between their artwork, the science currently being done to protect lakes and rivers, and how they interpret that art/science interplay to the public.

Pine Needles Artists get the sole use of a historic, 3-room cabin built before World War I. This rustic, comfortable cabin includes a full bath, bed/sitting room, and kitchen. A generous enclosed porch, overlooking the river, is suitable for writing, sketching, and reflection. It is located on a 20-acre site on the bluffs of the St. Croix River, a nationally designated Wild and Scenic River. The secluded site is heavily wooded, with spring-fed streams, native wildflowers, and local wildlife.

A short walk, bike ride, or drive will bring artists to the quaint village of Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. A coffee shop, community-run library, family-owned restaurant, art gallery, gift shop, and seasonal ice cream shop provides entertainment and home-town feel to visiting artists.

About the Science Museum of Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota exists to turn on the science. Inspire learning. Inform policy. Improve lives. They envision a world in which all people have the power to use science to make lives better. The museum values collaboration, equity, and learning.

The Science Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1907. The museum’s current location on the banks of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul offers 370,000 square feet of space. It includes a 10,000-square-foot temporary exhibit gallery, five permanent galleries, acres of outdoor space, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater. They impact over a million people from around the world every year through trips to the museum, school visits, our traveling exhibitions, and Omnitheater films.

For more information, contact researchstation@smm.org.

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Sitka Center Residency Program (Otis, OR) – Call For Artists

Sitka Center Residency Program (Otis, OR) – Call For Artists

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology announce a call for artists for the Sitka Center Residency Program. The program has provided more than 250 artists, writers, musicians and natural science scholars the opportunity to conduct their work in the unique environment of Cascade Head and Salmon River estuary. Residents are on campus October through mid-May for the general residency program. The Sitka Center hosts approximately 14-25 residents each year. Some residents are emerging voices while others are mature professionals who are internationally recognized in their disciplines.

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Deadline: 30 Apr 2020

There is a small application fee of $25 which helps support the residency program.

Residents come from across the U.S. and, to date, seventeen nations. Up to five residents at a time, usually from different disciplines and stages in their careers, live and work on campus. Residencies are anywhere from 2 weeks up to 3 1/2 months free of charge.  A residency is about taking precious time out of the regular routine of life and expanding into the space of creativity. It is a gift of space and time.

Sitka Center Residency Program Artist Benefits

The residences include living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen areas set-up with basic cooking supplies. Residents are encouraged to bring items to make the living space accommodate their personal needs, e.g., a favorite cooking skillet or pillow. Laundry facilities are available on campus. Each resident has their own private residence within walking distance of each other. Most residents are given a private studio.

No stipend is provided. Residents are responsible for providing their own food, art supplies, and transportation while in residence. The living space and studio space is offered free-of-charge.  The resident is responsible for all travel and living expenses, e.g., food, art supplies and consumables.

Social Equity

The Sitka Center works actively to pursue Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the highest level of our organization’s strategic plan, and throughout each of three key areas of mission work: residencies, workshops and events. Here are ten current examples:

  • Residency access: Expanding to offer residencies of different durations ranging from a few weeks to three and a half months in order to serve people who cannot afford to be away long-term from their families or their jobs
  • Workshop access: Offering scholarships on an as-needed basis for our workshops
  • Event access: Almost all of Sitka’s outreach events are free and open to the public
  • Diversity: Showcasing diverse voices as part of our Mingle & Muse speaker series
  • Leadership-level inclusion: Inviting diverse art and ecology experts to help jury residency and annual art invitational selection processes and raise awareness for the opportunities Sitka offers across a diversity of networks
  • Social equity: Collaborating with Oregon coast Tribal leaders to reduce barriers to Native American artists and ecologists teaching at and applying for residencies at Sitka
  • Affirmation: Using a newsletter, social media channels, print materials, and other communication channels to profile and celebrate a diversity of artists and natural scientists
  • Justice: Retroactively removing culturally appropriating Native American imagery from our 49 year old Pacific Northwest campus, and talking out loud about it
  • Mental health and wellness: Celebrating reflection and introspection as natural parts of the creative process, and not requiring residents to submit plans or present results; Sitka residencies are no-strings-attached
  • Safety: Providing personal safety training as part of the Residency Program orientation process; maintaining positive and proactive relationships with all local emergency response teams who serve our remote setting

About The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology

Founded in 1970, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology fosters creativity, intellectual inquiry, and education. By helping others discover more about their core creative selves and their connections to nature, the Sitka Center works to fulfill its mission of expanding the relationships between art, nature, and humanity. “Place” is what makes the Sitka residency experience extraordinary. They are nestled in a Sitka spruce tree grove located in the Cascade Head Scenic Research Area. Along with the pristine, lush, green environment comes a sense of tranquility and peace. The Sitka Center encourages residents to experience the area by hiking, walking, following elk trails, canoeing, and kayaking.

For more information, contact tamarajennings@sitkacenter.org.

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