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
    and when.
  • 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
  • Architecture
  • 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’
    work process
  • 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
    living room

Frantic (Jennie Thwing, U.S., 2012), Typical night before OPEN Studios, I-Park’s low-key monthly event

Fountain (Dana Levy, Israel, 2011)


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