Location: Roaming location, primarily in and around California
Mission: Since 2008, Signal Fire has provided opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world. Our projects instill self-reliance, catalyze creative energy, and invite interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for the access to— and protection of— our remaining wild and open places in order to enrich and sustain society.
Signal Fire provides opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world. Our projects instill self-reliance, catalyze creative energy, and invite interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for the access to— and protection of— our remaining wild and open places in order to enrich and sustain society.
Year of the Wolf: Signal Fire dedicates our 2014 expeditions to the wolf. Wolves are a symbol of wildness returning to the landscape as well as a real and vital predator in the North American West. We are leading three expeditions to areas linked by wolf recovery efforts: the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico, the Wallowa Mountains of eastern Oregon, and the Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota. A special publication and exhibition will highlight the outcome.
Outpost on the Border: The public lands adjoining the US- Mexico border protect some of the rarest and most biologically diverse habitat in North America. These places are also the focus of increasing militarization by US Border Control. Signal Fire invites activists, researchers, and artists of any discipline to join us for a unique remote residency in southern Arizona to craft a creative response to the wild places of an embattled region.
Wide Open Studios: The academy moves under the stars with Wide Open Studios, a series of immersive wilderness arts courses designed for graduate and undergraduate students. In spring 2014 we offer an adventurous painting class spanning desert oases, bombing ranges, and ghost towns as well as a reprise of our popular MFA Spring Break trip, this time to Arizona’s Mogollon Rim country. In August we are proud to announce Crossing Cascadia, a 4-week, 3-credit course in partnership with Oregon College of Art and Craft.
Signal Fire 2014 Calendar:
February 16- 23: Wide Open Studios: Painting the Post-Natural Landscape (CA)
March 1-7 & 9-15: Outpost Residency on the Border (AZ)
March 23-29: Wide Open Studios: MFA Spring Break Trip (AZ)
April 13-30: Year of the Wolf: Gila Backpacking (NM)
July 6-12: Signal Fire Alumni Backpacking and Guide Training (CA)
July 20-27: Year of the Wolf: Wallowas pack-n-park (OR)
August 3-30: Wide Open Studios: Crossing Cascadia Summer Immersion Trip (OR)
September 7-13: Year of the Wolf: Boundary Waters Canoe Adventure (MN)
Cost: Between $100-$300. Costs include transportation between meet-up city and all sites, food for the duration of the trip, some art materials and readings. Signal Fire provides opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world. Our projects instill self-reliance, catalyze creative energy, and invite interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for the access to— and protection of— our remaining wild and open places in order to enrich and sustain society.
Number of Artists: 4 artists each session, 2 guides
Accommodations: Each summer we bring selected artists out to the forest and provide them with food, maps, battery power, and a magnificent 12×12 canvas wall tent for work and sleep space. The tents are equipped with a desk, cot, and rug for a comfortable camping experience, as well as kitchen utensils and food for self-prepared breakfast and lunch. Each tent is set apart from the others, but within a short walk to a base camp. Signal Fire organizers are stationed at the base camp, available for emergency and unforeseen needs. The group gathers for dinner each evening, served by the organizers at the base camp.
Length of Stay: (See Calendar in Mission.)
Demographic: Open to musicians, writers, performers, activists, and artists of any discipline. Applicants need not have outdoor experience or ecologically-themed work.
Benefits: Camping, provided food, maps, battery power, no WiFi, food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, separate tent, group dinner at night, this year’s Outpost Residency will take place in Mt. Hood National Forest, near Portland, Oregon. Mt. Hood is the crown jewel of the Cascade Range. It’s also a complex and controversial landscape of over one million acres of federal land within two hours’ drive of over a million people. It’s home to six wilderness areas, dozens of popular recreational destinations, and a host of exploitative timber, mining, and energy transmission projects.
Mission: Sculpture Space is unique in North America for its support of sculptors, both those who come to Utica, New York, as residency participants and those who continue after their residencies as working artists. The organization selects 20 artists each year for two-month residencies and has helped to advance the careers of more than 500 national and international artists since 1976. A non-profit organization with a 35-year record of success, Sculpture Space also offers the public a valuable opportunity to meet innovative artists and to learn about contemporary sculpture. As a unique cultural resource, Sculpture Space promotes interaction between national and international visiting artists and the local community throughout Utica and the surrounding region. The organization places works in the public domain, hosts studio tours, welcomes school groups to meet and watch working artists, collaborates with other organizations to exhibit artists’ projects, and arranges lectures at area educational institutions including Colgate University, Hamilton College, Syracuse University, Pratt at Munson Williams Proctor Institute, Mohawk Valley and Onodaga Community Colleges and Utica College.
Artists-in-residence are provided with the space, equipment, expert technical assistance, and specialized resources available in the Mohawk Valley to make sculpture on a scale that they otherwise might not be able to afford and in an environment conducive to experimentation. Periodically the public is invited to work-in-progress receptions at which the artists discuss their work and careers. Art that is made and first seen in Utica is often exhibited in galleries, museums and sculpture parks worldwide.
The Sculpture Space facilities comprise a 5,000 sq.ft. open space designed for flexible use, equipped with concrete floors, two enclosed private studios, a two-ton system of hoists for lifting and moving large and heavy materials, extra-wide overhead doors for easy access, and nearly three [3/4] acres of land to supplement indoor studio space.
For the 2014-2015 cycle, we hope to introduce several new residency initiatives for artists engaged in social
practice: 1. A partnership with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (http://www.mvrcr.org/) that pairs individuals, artisans, craftspeople and artists working with the Center with an Artist in Residence to create/realize new collaborative works/project; 2. A partnership with the Oneida County Health Department Community Garden’s (http://www.ocgov.net/sites/default/file/Utica_garden_map.htm) for multiple neighborhood outreach projects in collaboration with community gardener groups and an Artist in Residence; 3. A partnership with local recyclers and the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (http://www.ohswa.org/facilities/recycling-center/) for materials to be used by an Artist in Residence to create/realize new collaborative works/project (including public art installations as appropriate/possible).
If you are interested in applying for any/all of these partnered residencies, please email us your project description/scope/details and include an ideal budget, schedule and timetable (along with cv, images and 3 reference names/emails/phone numbers). Please note that in applying for these residencies, you may extend the residency as needed (and/or come and go) as the project dictates. Please note that we may be able to grant necessary funds to cover housing and related costs (food, travel, childcare, etc.) for artists with children.
Cost: Artists are expected to take advantage of the support we provide—funding, housing, 24/7 access to the studio, technical assistance—to more fully develop their practice and create new work.
Application Fee: $20.00 USD
Number of Artists: Up to 4 artists at a time
Accommodations: Artists live in a newly renovated Sculpture Space-owned apartment located one block from the studio with shared fully-equipped kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. Non-New York State artists are assessed a nominal rent. Artists are responsible for their own meals. No pets are allowed in the studio or the artists’ apartment.
The studio is located in downtown Utica, New York, in proximity to light industry and various fabrication shops. The facility consists of 5,000 square feet of open studio, and two 400 square foot private studios for special projects. The space is outfitted with concrete floors, a two ton system of traveling hoists, and extra wide overhead doors. The studio has wireless access, and the Artists Office has DSL and a G4 computer; artists may borrow available digital equipment. The 3 acres of land that surround the building can supplement indoor studio space in the summer. An outdoor work pad is equipped with a 50′ monorail hoist.Sculpture Space is a founding member of the New York State Artists Workspace Consortium, and the Alliance of Artists’ Communities.
Length of Stay: 2 Months at a time
Demographic: National and International Sculpture-based artists may apply
Medium: Sculpture-based works and Installation
Benefits: Residents have access to the studio 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They are responsible for their own materials, specialized tools, fees for work done outside the premises, and for an assistant, should they require one. Residents typically spend approximately $1000 per month on materials and expenses. A basic command of the English language is necessary. Bicycles are provided, and a shared car is available for local travel.
Deadline: NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 31, 2013 annually
Accepted artists are selected by a Review Committee. A guest juror is also included, this year: Anja Chavez, Director of the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, former Director/Curator of the Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse, New York. Artists are notified at the end of January. Primary criteria for selection are based on the quality, originality and potential of their work and proposed project.
Mission: Beginning in July of 2014, The Santa Fe Art Institute will implement yearlong thematic programing that will address pertinent questions facing diverse regional and global communities. By hosting residencies for creative practitioners, fostering partnerships with regional cultural and educational organizations, and integrating social entrepreneurship incubators and design/build workshops, SFAI aspires to transform Santa Fe into a hub for positive social change that reflects the greatest needs of our times.
SFAI conducts a bi-annual competitive selection process for artist and writer residencies that is primarily based in the applicant’s ability to creatively and critically engage with the theme of the residency season for which they are applying. The selection focuses on the professional experience of the artist, the quality of their past work, and their potential to have a productive residency at SFAI. The selection committee is comprised of successful artists, gallery owners, art instructors, writers, and other creative professionals from our region. SFAI supports over 60 residents per year and offers a cohesive, theme-focused environment that creates provocative working conditions for our residents. Residents are housed in handsomely appointed rooms with private baths. Those with studio-based practices will be accommodated in large, semi-private studios. The overall physical layout of the residency space encourages daily interaction and fosters communication among residents.
Santa Fe: Santa Fe was the first city in the US to be designated as a member of the creative-cities network by UNESCO. SFAI resident artists have access to some of the most diverse arts and cultural activities in the US. Santa Fe is particularly rich with cultural activities available, such as museums, galleries, historic landmarks, unique geography, and outdoor activities. Santa Fe is known for its patronage of contemporary art and literature and a thriving gallery scene. Virtually every weekend of the year artists in residence can attend museum or gallery openings showcasing Santa Fe’s considerable support for the traditional arts and visionary contemporary art.
Residency Theme 2014-2015: The Santa Fe Art Institute is pleased to announce Food Justice as its inaugural theme for residencies and programing. From July 2014- June 2015, SFAI encourages creative minds to come together and examine the territory of food justice. Together, we will ask how can we use diverse creative practices to confront inherent social, cultural and economic problems in our food system? Further, how can we bring together insights from creative fields, environmental sciences, sustainable agriculture, critical theory, and food studies to have a local, national, and international impact?
Cost: $1,000 per month
Financial Aid: SFAI offers limited financial aid in the form of need-based scholarships and scholarships made possible by the generosity of the Warhol Foundation, Witter Bynner Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Joan Mitchell Foundation and Pollock Krasner Foundation. Application and allocation of all scholarships will be facilitated once the applicant has been accepted into the program. Need based scholarships are decided at the discretion of the SFAI, based on tax returns and letters of financial need. If you have further questions please contact the Residency Program Manager, Nina Elder, at email@example.com.
Harpo Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship : The Harpo Foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist 25 years and older who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist Fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a handsomely appointed room with private bath, a beautiful, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend. One Fellowship is awarded annually to emerging artists who demonstrate:
- Strong artistic ability and promise
- An evolving practice this is at a pivotal moment in its development
Witter Bynner Poetry Translation Residency: The SFAI, in conjunction with the Witter Bynner Foundation, offers two poetry translator residencies per year. The residencies are open to both published and emerging poetry translators. They include stipends to subsidize transportation and accommodations as well as a modest living stipend. This residency is for one month.
Family Residency Initiative: The family residency initiative offers a one-month residency to parent artists. The SFAI recognizes the lack of residency opportunities for artists to be able to take advantage of residencies without having to leave their children behind. We are taking responsibility in doing our part to close that gap by offering an environment that supports both creative opportunities and the needs of artists with children. To find out more about this opportunity, please contact Residency Program Manager, Nina Elder, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rasmuson Foundation Artist in Residence (Alaskan Artists only): The Rasmuson Foundation Artist Residency Program will support eight-week residencies for Alaska artists at Lower 48 organizations, and welcome to Alaska organizations accomplished artists from Outside. Support to the host organizations cover artist travel and stipend, administrative fees, housing and meal costs, materials, and local transportation.
For more information, contact Program Officer Jayson Smart: (907) 297-2882; (877) 366-2700 toll-free in Alaska; or email email@example.com.
Emergency Relief Residences: SFAI’s Emergency Relief Residency program provides respite to artists effected by the horrors of political, social, or natural disasters. SFAI began the Emergency Relief Residency in 2001 for New York artists following the devastating events of 9/11. The hurricanes and flooding in the Gulf Coast region underscored our feeling of responsibility toward our US peers and colleagues. In comprehending the loss of lives and the ways in which the work of a lifetime can be wiped out in an instant, SFAI reinstituted our Emergency Relief Residency Program to provide living space and studios to professional artists, writers, and crafts people of the Gulf Coast states, whose lives and livelihoods have been so deeply affected.
SFAI continually opens its doors to artists whose lives and creative work have been disrupted. SFAI has received support for this initiative through generous contributions from the Pollack-Krasner Foundation and the Joan Mitchell Foundation.
Application Fee: $35
Number of Artists: Up to 13 a month (typically 7-11 a month)
Accommodations: Artists selected for a residency receive living and working space at the SFAI, which is centrally located within Santa Fe’s vibrant and diverse cultural community. The SFAI facility, a nearly 17,000 square foot complex designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legoretta includes gallery and exhibition spaces, sky lit studios, a growing contemporary art library, courtyards, laundry facilities, communal kitchen, and dining and living room areas. The unique SFAI environment allows residents to be as interactive or private as they wish. There are no requirements on the work produced during their time at SFAI.
All residents receive private living quarters with a private bath. Each room is equipped with an Ethernet connection, and there is wireless Internet throughout the building. Visual artists are provided with a semi-private studio space. Writers are welcome to use the library for writing and reading, as well as their own private rooms equipped with desks. Depending upon availability, writers may also request studio space. Two outdoor courtyard spaces are also available. The communal kitchen is fully stocked with cooking supplies and utensils, and there is ample food storage. The SFAI provides basic food-stuffs, such as bread, eggs and milk.
SFAI’s facility meets all ADA requirements with complete accessibility for wheelchairs to studio and living spaces. Two resident rooms are equipped with bathroom facilities for wheelchair access, and since SFAI’s complex is one level, there are no stairs or barriers. All signage is presented in large clear type (English and Spanish) and in Braille. A Residency Assistant is always available for residents on site.
SFAI has the additional benefit of being located on the College of Santa Fe campus. Residents have access to extensive library services and a fully equipped gym. Campus security is also available 24 hours a day. For those residents with a U.S. driver’s license, there are three vehicles available for local use. SFAI is walking distance to bus stops, several grocery stores and other businesses. We also have several bicycles available for daily use.
Length of Stay: The length of SFAI Residencies varies from one month (minimum) to three continuous months (maximum). Residencies are not available in January and February. Themes run from July through June.
Demographic/Medium: The Santa Fe Art Institute provides residencies for artists and writers from all over the world.
Benefits: Open studios, handsomely appointed rooms with private baths and are provided with beautiful, well-lit studio spaces, allowing them to pursue creative projects without interruption, Emerging Artist Fellowship, Library, Gym, Wheelchair accessible, gallery/exhibition space, sky-lit studios, courtyards, laundry, communal kitchen, dining and living room, hikes, hot springs, a wealth of natural surroundings, local press, cultural events, local airwaves, 1 month residency for parent artists
Deadline: Applications are received online, on a rolling basis.
General Deadlines: July 5 (scheduled for March – July of the following year)
January 15 (scheduled for August – December of the following year)
Big Badlands Overlook by Photographer Rikk Flohr, 2008 Artist in Residence
Location: Badlands National Park, South Dakota
Mission: The Artist in Residence program at Badlands National Park was founded in 1996 and is open to all professional artists. Writers, composers and all visual and performing artists are invited to interpret this wind-swept environment through their work. The program provides time for artists to get away from everyday responsibilities to focus on their surroundings and their medium.
Cost: Additionally, the park provides a reimbursement for expenses not to exceed $300. Reimbursable expenses include supplies for school programs, travel, or meals. All expenses incurred above $300 are the responsibility of the artist.
Several artists have been successful in seeking donations of supplies and materials from businesses or museums in their home communities prior to coming to Badlands
for their residency, using the reimbursement as matching funds.
Each artist is asked to contribute to the park a mutually agreed upon piece of original work representative of their stay in Badlands National Park within one year of completion of their residency.
Application Fee: no application fee
Number of Artists: Up to 1 artist at a time
Accommodations: The park offers an apartment located in small housing complex at park headquarters at no cost to the artist. Housing will be either an efficiency apartment or a one bedroom apartment (depending on availability) that is fully furnished with heat and air conditioning. Basic cooking equipment is also provided, as well as access to the park library. Artists need to bring bedding, personal gear, food, and art supplies. Because of our weather extremes, artists should be prepared for blizzards, heat above 100 degrees Farenheit, high winds, and varied terrain when hiking or biking.
Length of Stay: 4 – 6 weeks
Demographic/Medium: We consider all forms of arts except those that manipulate or disturb the park’s environment or are disrespectful to any race or gender. Selections are made without regard to race, religion, marital status, sex, age, or national origin. The facilities for this program are not wheelchair accessible.
Benefits: Because of Badlands’ strong commitment to education and outreach into our rural school districts, all artists are required to present two sessions in a local school to introduce students to an aspect of art and its interpretation of their Badlands home.
The park provides one day of orientation to the park and will make a government
vehicle available to artists to travel to school programs. All other transportation is the
responsibility of the artist. The park provides bicycles for artists’ use. All artists in
residence are enrolled in the park’s Volunteers In the Parks program and are covered
under Worker’s Compensation for any in juries incurred under the scope of their residency.
Deadline: December 15: Spring Residency (March 15 and May 15)
June 15: Fall Residency (September 15 and November 15)
Mission: Gachang Art Studio is a support program for artists. It’s hosted by Deagu Foundation for Culture and is run with support from Daegu Metropolitan City, Art Council Korea and Daegu Metropolitan Office of Education.
Gachang Art Studio offers a stable creation space to promising and emerging artists. Its goal is to invigorate creative activity and enhance art exchanges between the community and artists.
Gachang Art Studio is the only creation space for contemporary arts in Daegu. They renovated Urok Elementary School, which was closed and built it into a creation space for young contemporary artists in 2007. For the last Six years, about sixty domestics and foreign artists had stayed and worked in the studio.
Application Fee: no application fee
Number of Artists: Up to 8 artists at a time
Accommodations: 8 Studios (each 79 yd²), Outdoor Workshop (197 yd²), Two Gallery (each 79 yd²), Office and Rest area (118 yd²), Shared bath, kitchen and resting lounge, dormitory
Length of Stay: 3 months
Demographic/Medium: International and National young contemporary emerging artists working in any medium
Benefits: Gachang Art Studio offers various programs such as mentoring, open-studio, resident artist exhibitions, seminars and workshops, supporting active and research activities. Mentoring programs invite curators, art theorists and philosophers, offering critic session and discussion tables that transcend the limitation of genres for resident artists.
International Artists-in-residence are selected by their proposals submitted by an online open call. The vision of the project is to enhance the understanding and communication between the artists who are working in Daegu and the internationally invited artists through the exchange of diverse cultural background. The guest artists will have three months working period, and the end of the project, they will have six days exhibition whose achievements and outcome are based on the residency.
Location: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park, Indiana
Mission: Andrea Zittel, American, b. 1965, Indy Island 2010, fiberglass, foam, mixed media. Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Courtesy of the Artist and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.
About 20 feet in diameter, Indy Island is a fully inhabitable experimental living structure that examines the daily needs of contemporary human beings. Each summer, the island will be occupied by one or two commissioned residents. They will collaborate with Zittel by adapting and modifying the island’s structure according to their individual needs.
Cost: The chosen applicant will be awarded a stipend to customize the interior of the island and implement their proposal during a residency.
Island residents are provided with a budget of $3000, paid in two installments, to purchase materials for fabrication. All materials purchased with this budget are property of the IMA. A personal stipend of $1500 is also awarded.
The IMA will provide roundtrip travel to Indianapolis for one resident. If a group application is chosen, these stipends will be divided among members of the group, or the group can nominate an individual member to serve as a representative for the residency.
Residents will be loaned an iPad to use for blogging for the duration of the residency.
This commission is a large time commitment. It would be ideal for students participating to earn credits at their university for their work, but this must be negotiated by the resident with his or her university.
Application Fee: n/a
Number of Artists: About one person at a time
Collaboratives and groups are encouraged to apply. Please fill out one application, regardless of the number of people in your group.
Accommodations: Residents will be responsible for the design, customization, and fabrication of the interior of the island and all other components of the selected project. Indy Island is currently supplied with objects created by or brought to the island by the previous residents. It will be the 2013 resident’s choice to incorporate these materials into new proposals or to disregard these objects.
The Park is open from dawn until dusk. Security is available at the Museum 24 hours a day, and will be accessible via a radio loaned to the residents. Residents will have a key to the Ruth Lilly Visitors Pavilion. Restrooms are located within the Pavilion, and it can also be used as a refuge during extreme weather. Showers are located within the Museum.
Length of Stay: 6 weeks
Demographic/Medium: Graduate and undergraduate students and professionals in the fields of art, design, architecture and performing arts are encouraged to apply to customize and reside on Indianapolis Island.
Mission: Our guided tours of architecture, history and culture of Chicago bring people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know. We hope to offer some of the best architectural tours of Chicago. Our regularly scheduled walking tours share new perspectives in interacting with architecture to the public. We specialize in private walking tours and bus tours for corporate team-building, company outings, birthday parties, educational student field trips, family reunions, and other special events.
We believe that the primary role of a tour guide is to educate, so we create an interactive group dynamic and share educational tools and new perspectives for you to connect with the architecture of Chicago.
We are committed to responsible travel, so we use green practices and immerse you in a truly local experience.
We know that history is best told with a creative approach, so we use different media, like historic quotes, old photographs, and documentary film clips, to stimulate your imagination and present various perspectives.
We believe that a city like Chicago is more than “highlights,” so we share forgotten stories about both famous city landmarks and lesser-known attractions.
We understand that business is about building community, so we like connecting with tour operators, conventions, destination management companies, non-profits, community groups, senior groups, universities, cultural organizations, and Chicago businesses.
Cost: A $400 stipend for supplies
Application Fee: no application fee
Number of Artists: n/a
Accommodations: 24-hour access to shared office space for two months ($550 value), A desk with lockable space for storage, An exhibition or screening reception at the end of the residency (including refreshments, installation assistance, opportunity for sales, etc.), A $400 stipend for supplies
Length of Stay: 2 months
Session 1: September 1 – November 1
Session 2: November 15 – January 15
Demographic/Medium: Installation, documentary or experimental video, drawings, sculpture, photography, mixed media
Benefits: Work in the office as often as necessary (must come a minimum of 15 hours/week artist is welcome to use the space to work on other projects), Post weekly social media updates on project, Write three brief blog posts: one at the beginning of the residency, one for the fifth week, and one to conclude, Produce one work for Chicago Detours Tour Company permanent collection
Goals: To encourage artistic inquiry into the city of Chicago architecture, history, tourism, landscape, neighborhoods, communities; To support local artists by providing office/studio space downtown with easy access to museums, architecture and public transportation to Chicago neighborhoods; To provide an opportunity for an artist to make and show a project (installation, documentary or experimental video, drawings, sculpture, photography, mixed media) that will contribute to his or her creative and professional development; To aid an artist in connecting with new audiences for their work
Mission: ISLAND is a non-profit arts and ecology center dedicated to connecting people with nature, art and community. ISLAND helps people become native to place by supporting artists — visionaries, conceptual explorers and compelling communicators — with dedicated time, space and resources to create new work; restoring the old and developing the new skills and traditions of community self-reliance; creating and sharing a broad collection of tools for ecological living.
East Jordan is a small town near the 45th parallel in Northwest Lower Michigan, about an hour’s drive from Traverse City. The Hill House is located about 15 minutes from East Jordan on a back road near the Mackinaw State Forest. The State Forest offers opportunities for canoeing, hiking, birdwatching, morel hunting and fishing, while nearby towns offer art galleries, microbreweries, parks and dining. Expect a quiet, isolated space punctuated by loon calls and the occasional coyote howl. Also expect the sound of hunters’ rifles, and limited access to the woods, from Nov 15 to Dec 1.
Michigan weather can be a surprise for those accustomed to more temperate climates. Winter temperatures can drop well below 0º F (-18º C) and are accompanied by massive snowfall. Appropriate clothing is required: heavy winter coats, thermal underwear and stout snow boots are mandatory. Conversely, summer temperatures can climb above 90º F (32º C) accompanied by high humidity. Creek and lake dipping are the locals’ best strategies for beating the heat.
The area offers very little in terms of public transportation. A car is required in the winter to get to town. Even with plowing, however, a car without 4WD may not be able to navigate the steep road to the house during the thick of winter. We can assist in moving your things in and out of the space, but you may need to walk a few hundred yards to a separate parking area during the deepest snowfall (Dec to Feb, typically). This winter residency is for the hardy!
Cost: While there is no additional cost to you, you will still need money for incidentals, materials and transportation to and from the residency. Also consider indirect costs: time away from your job and paying bills at home while you are in residence.
Accommodations: A semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. It includes a well stocked kitchen, a selection of instruments and some basic recording gear, as well as opportunities for community exchange through performance, readings and workshops (only at your request, of course). The emerging musician residency also offers a small stipend to aid in your professional development.
The Hill House is a two story log cabin. It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a large unfinished basement, a spacious back porch, washer and dryer and electric heat. The Hill House can potentially accommodate up to four people at a time (one queen sized bed, two single beds and one pull out couch). The house is not ADA compliant, and is not accessible by wheelchair.
We love good food. We make every effort to fulfill your dietary desires while focusing on fresh, local, seasonal and organic food whenever possible. We are happy to include local pastured meat and poultry, and we are also vegetarian and vegan friendly. Access to fresh local food tends to be easier in the summer and fall and more challenging in the winter and early spring. We stock the kitchen, but for the most part you are on your own for meal preparation, so it helps if you have a little cooking skill. If all you want is a freezer filled with pizzas and bean burritos, we can do that too.
A phone is available for local calls. Many cell phones do not receive service here. Wireless internet access functions about 95% of the time. The house does not come with a computer. Smoking is not permitted on the property. One dog or cat is allowed but must be leashed when outdoors. No exceptions to these rules, sorry!
Musicians, there is not a recording studio at the Hill House, and the residency is not designed to support recording your album. There is, however, a selection of consumer level instruments and basic recording gear available for your use while in residence, including a digital 10-track, piano, telecaster, electric bass and keyboard. No particular room is designated as a work space. You’re free to take over the house in whatever way best works for your creativity. Residents should bring the instruments and other materials they need to work.
Writers, a printer and paper is available for you, but you will need to bring your own computer.
Length of Stay: 2 to 4 weeks
Demographic/Medium: Emerging songwriters, writers at all stages of their career and non-studio artists
Artists age 21 and older from anywhere in the world may apply. Solo artists as well as collaborating teams of up to four people may apply (but note the accommodation information below).
Benefits: You have the opportunity to create your own level of engagement with the community. If you desire four weeks of total solitude, it’s yours. If you’d prefer to have dinner or drinks with ISLAND staff and area artists, we can arrange that too. You can spend a weekend touring local galleries and watching (or playing) live music, or you can sit on the back porch and not speak to a soul. It’s your choice, but keep in mind that community engagement will require more energy on your part; solitude comes naturally here.
Mission: The Hyde Park Art Center is a not-for-profit organization funded in part by the: Alphawood Foundation; a City Arts III grant from the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events; Field Foundation of Illinois; Harper Court Arts Council; Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; The Irving Harris Foundation; Joyce Foundation; Leo S. Guthman Fund; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince; National Endowment for the Arts; Polk Bros. Foundation; Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust; and the generosity of its members and people like you.
Within its facility, the Art Center offers a comprehensive roster of programs that work in concert to make contemporary art more approachable. It does so by involving the community in dynamic engagement with art and artists through exhibitions, artist talks, studio art classes, an international residency program, free public events, and professional development opportunities for artists. Outside its walls, the Art Center’s outreach programs in historically underserved neighborhoods bring the visual arts to Chicago youth, their teachers, and their families.
By developing socially adept programming that finds new ways to engage diverse audiences in the work of Chicago’s artists, the Art Center makes space for transparent interaction with art and the artistic process, inspiring creative exploration and encouraging exchange between audiences and artists.
Application Fee: n/a (Selected artists only)
Number of Artists: Up to 5 per year
Accommodations: Artists are provided studio space at the Art Center, accommodation, supportive resources, and connection to Chicago artists, institutions, and cultural communities and may include exhibition opportunities at the Art Center.
Length of Stay: 6 to 8 weeks or a year
International and national residencies range from six to eight weeks, while local artists may be in residence for up to a year, depending on the artist’s needs and project scope.
Demographic/Medium: International, national, and local artists
The Hyde Park Art Center does not discriminate against any person for reason of race, gender, age, place of national origin, handicap, religious conviction, marital status, veteran status or sexual preference.
Benefit Goals: Stimulate Chicago’s cultural community by infusing a range of artists and cultural producers into the city who are encouraged to engage with the community; Support the process of creating new work at all stages from research to making; Demystify professional art practices by actively inviting a diverse public to participate in Residency programs and engage with working artists; Investigate the role of art making, practice, and presentation within a dynamic, urban environment; Expand the dialogue between Chicago and the rest of the world through exhibition, cross-cultural exchange, and conversation surrounding international contemporary art practices.
Deadline: At this time, residencies are curated with selection based on the proven quality of artists’ work and the impact this residency will have on their practice. Selection is by invitation at this time.
Mission: threewalls was founded in 2003 to provide greater support and visibility for the visual arts community in Chicago. The founders wanted to encourage a greater awareness of Chicago’s art scene by inviting emerging professional artists to Chicago to share in the city’s rich histories, resources and creative communities. In an effort to provide meaningful support to emerging artists, curators and writers, threewalls has worked to form a sustainable organization that provides exhibition space, residency opportunities and artist fees to both visiting artists through the residency fellowship and to regional artists through the SOLO program.
Today, threewalls operates a year-round self-directed research residency; commissions a major project by a visiting artist working in, collaborating and otherwise interacting with the region; supports four SOLO exhibitions of work by local and regional artists; programs a SALON series and symposium program to generate open dialogue, presentation of new ideas and the publication of new writing; as well as partnering with other organizations on publications and education, in an effort to broaden and contribute to the contemporary visual arts.
The Artist-in-research residency at threewalls offers opportunities to curators, artists, critics, creative administrators, and visual arts researchers to live and work in Chicago and take advantage of the unique resources offered in the Midwest. threewalls provides a home-base for that work, with connections and affiliations to a broad range of organizations small and large throughout the region.
We are looking for residents who want to become part of a vibrant artist-led organization, which hosts and produces exhibitions, public programs, conferences, discussion series, artist commissioning projects, and publications. We have a dedicated audience and offer access to a growing network of regional, national and international artistic communities. We welcome cultural producers who are interested in writing, reading, organizing, publishing and teaching as a creative practice, have a sense of humor and a desire to challenge themselves and their work. We can accommodate collectives and collaborative projects.
Cost: The residency costs $200/week. A limited number of fellowships will be available. Selection is based on quality of work, proposed project or research and its relevancy to Chicago and the greater Midwest region in the residency application. As an option to residents who want to offset costs, threewalls has a curated kickstarter page where we can highlight artists’ campaigns to raise money for their stay. We’re also open to other fundraising ideas or possible events, so please let us know how we can help you out.
Application Fee: No application fee
Number of Artists: 1 artist or a group at a time
Accommodations: An apartment space with private lockable bedroom with adjacent office/studio space (200 sq feet), a shared kitchen and a workshop with basic tools located behind the exhibition space and office.
150 sq feet gallery space with separate entrance that is connected to threewalls main gallery. It can be used for exhibitions, events, reading groups, shared meals, extra studio space, etc.
While the residency is mostly self-directed, threewalls staff will connect you with with local organizations and curators for studio visits and possible collaborations. Residents also have access to our residency advisory board, which represents a diverse group of artists, critics and curators in the Chicago art community. We will include residents’ events and projects in our web and email marketing.
Length of Stay: 2 weeks to 2 months
Demographic/Medium: Projects can include film, intervention, public installation, pedagogical experiments, publishing, recording, performance, curating or more traditional studio practices. An emphasis on interdisciplinary research, collaboration, and proposals that take our region and its communities and institutions as a specific site of inquiry are of interest, but not required. Since we have a gallery space specifically for resident use, projects with a public component are encouraged. The Artist-in-Research Program is a laboratory for experimentation and critical dialogue, and therefore we do not have any expectations for the completion of artwork or projects.
Benefits: Exhibitions, public programs, conferences, discussion series, artist commissioning projects, publications, critical dialogue, threewalls staff will connect you with with local organizations and curators for studio visits and possible collaborations, 150 sq feet gallery space, An apartment space with private lockable bedroom with adjacent office/studio space (200 sq feet), and a limited number of fellowships will be available.
Residents also have access to our residency advisory board, which represents a diverse group of artists, critics and curators in the Chicago art community. We will include residents’ events and projects in our web and email marketing.
threewalls also hosts a collaborative session each August with Harold Arts in Chesterhill, OH. Deadlines for application are in May.