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.
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.
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Residency 108 announces a call for artists for the Residency 108 Spring 2020 Session, which will take place April 19th – May 17th, 2020. Two four week-long residencies are offered each year, one during the month of October and one in May. Residency 108 invites emerging and established artists, writers and thinkers of all disciplines to immerse themselves in their creative practice. They welcome those who work with nature, ecology, and the installation of temporary outdoor land-art works. The residency is free apart from the cost of travel and material expenses which must be assumed by the individual.
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Deadline: 11 Jan 2020
The application is blind; therefore, Residency 108 welcomes any and all artists of diverse backgrounds. Applicants will be notified by or before February 1st.
Artists of any age from any country may apply. Residency 108 accepts solo artists and collaborating teams of up to three people. They are interested in applicants whose practice involves a defined engagement with landscape and ecology, or projects that employ historical or first-hand research of the 108 site. Please have your statement reflect this intention.
Residency 108 Spring 2020 Session Artist Benefits
The program accommodates three artists at a time. Each resident is provided with a room, working facilities, and a weekly stipend for food. Participants are responsible for cooking their own meals. The residency is located in a remote area. There is no public transportation in the area. Residency 108 does not have a vehicle available for resident use apart from a bike. However, they provide weekly trips to shop for supplies and food. Each resident will be asked to present their work during the residency. Weekly critiques are held as a group and sometimes with a visiting critic.
About Residency 108
Residency 108 is a rural residency program with a focus on landscape and ecology. They program is unique in that it invites artists to engage with a specific site, 108 acres of pastoral land which was used as a horse farm in the last century. The property features rolling hills, mowed paths, meadows, densely wooded forests, wetlands with a few ponds of varying size, and a seasonal stream. In addition to these ecosystems, a variety of native plant species host habitats for birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The program is ideal for artists who wish to engage with the landscape and prefer isolation to interaction. If you require constant contact with civilization this may not be the program for you.
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