General Residency Program
Key Elements of the Program
- TThe program is offered free of charge to accepted/invited artists, though there is a $30.00 application fee that helps defray the cost of the selection panels. The only major expense to the participant is for transportation to and from the area. A pickup at the beginning of the session and a drop-off at the end at a Connecticut airpport or bus/train station is available. A limited number of travel grants are typically offered to non-North American artists.
- The format is self-directed, non-judgmental: you decide what you’re going to work on
- Residents are provided with a private bedroom, a private studio, a meal program as well as shared amenities: artists’ kitchen, Common Area, library, wireless internet.
- I-Park annually convenes 6 independent, discipline-specific jury panels, the composition of which is substantially changed each year.
- Application materials are processed through a convenient online submission system.
- I-Park supports mixed-discipline residencies made up of individuals from among the following creative fields:
- Music Composition/Sound Art
- Visual Arts, including sculpture, environmental art, installation, photography
- Moving Image, including video and film art, new media, documentary, animation, virtual reality, game/interactive art
- Creative Writing
- Landscape/Garden/Ecological Design
- The standard residency session has a 4-week duration. The 6-7 artists who make up each session arrive together as a group, share the time and space together and, at the end, leave as a group.
- The residency season typically runs from May through November.
- Application materials become available online in late October or early November for the following year’s program – with a submission deadline in early January.
Proud to Mention These Features
- an enthusiastic, resourceful staff devoted to providing each artist with a productive,
enriching residency experience
- a quiet, retreat-type environment conducive to the creative process: a diverse, expansive natural landscape; a good-sized pond for water activities and art projects; onsite vegetable and spice gardens to enhance the meal program
- a system of over 25 art/nature trails for exercise, mental relaxation and exploration
- the opportunity to undertake ambitious installations on the grounds – including material, equipment and labor support for approved projects
- a special focus on ephemeral, site-responsive art representing all the creative disciplines supported by I-Park – this culminates every other year in a major exhibition of this work
- an Open Studios event at the end of each residency session to highlight the artists’
- international component: approximately a third of the artists-in-residence come from outside the U.S.
- you’ll gain an inside perspective on I-Park’s specially-themed inter-disciplinary, collaborative projects
- a shared workshop space and an abundance of tools, materials and equipment, including an electric kiln, available on request
- the Junk Trail, a shared resource for recycling the remains of onsite ephemeral installations
- in the Music Studio: an acoustic piano, several digital keyboards and peripheral devices and software for recording, sequencing and sound manipulation – and a collection of percussion and obscure/specialty instruments
- chef prepared dinners (4 nights per week) that foster artistic, cultural and inter-personal exchanges
- bonfires by the pond, an outdoor shower (in addition to the real ones) and a floating
Frantic (Jennie Thwing, U.S., 2012), Typical night before OPEN Studios, I-Park’s low-key monthly event
Fountain (Dana Levy, Israel, 2011)