Location: East Haddam, Connecticut
Mission: The artists-in-residence program offers a quiet, retreat-like setting conducive to exploration and experimentation. Artists are free to conceive and execute new ideas or work on existing projects. I-Park has, over the years, developed a particular interest in engaging its natural and built environment with site-responsive, ephemeral investigations and works. As an artist-in-residence, you will have the opportunity to tap into this vein. But you will feel no obligation whatsoever to do so – and your interest, or lack thereof, in this field is not a factor that is taken into account during the selection process.
Cost: The program is offered free of charge to accepted/invited artists, a limited number of travel grants are offered to non-North American artists,
Application Fee: $30
Number of Artists: Up to 6-7 artists at a time
Accommodations: Residents are provided with a private bedroom, private studio, a meal program as well as shared amenities: artists’ kitchen, Common Area, library, wireless internet. We will provide you with towels and bedding items. We have a washer/dryer on site and you are welcome to use our laundry detergent and related supply items. The following full time positions are focused on artists’ and program support: Executive Director, Residency Program Manager and Groundskeeper. In addition to the part-time chef and maintenance staff, there are several others affiliated with the program who are working on a part- time, consulting or volunteer basis in various support roles. There are no staff members on site during the evenings and on weekends and major holidays, though remote support is available. No pets are allowed.
Basic, private, well-lit, multi-purpose workspaces in a converted barn structure and in a series of free-standing cabins. The studios are heated and air-conditioned and have ample natural light. We use a monthly checklist to assure that all studios have the basic amenities at the beginning of each session (copy available).
I-Park has a workshop with tools and equipment that is available to all artists, primarily for working with wood and metals. If more than one artist per session is in need of this space, a sharing or scheduling arrangement will be devised. We also can erect temporary canopies so that spaces on the land or outside the assigned studios can be used as workshop spaces.
Length of Stay: 4-week session, May through November
Demographic: We do not allow artists under the age of twenty-one to participate. There is no upper age limit. We enthusiastically welcome international applicants. Spouses and partners cannot be accommodated at this time. Students may apply and some have been accepted, but the I-Park residency program is mainly targeted to emerging and mid-career artists.
Medium: Music Composition/Sound Sculpture, Visual Arts, including sculpture, environmental art, installation, photography, Moving Image, including video and film art, new media, documentary, animation, virtual reality, game/interactive art, Architecture, Creative Writing, Landscape/Garden Design
Benefits: Open Studios events, annual Open House, arrival buffet, welcome dinner, pot luck supper, bonfire out by the pond and bon voyage dinner, Artists’ Exchange, an intimate sharing amongst the artists of their existing bodies of work and aspirations for their residencies – generally a quiet evening affair scheduled for early in the session, walking trails, well-maintained state park with miles of marked trails, free weights and yoga mats, several bikes
Deadline: February 18, 2013