2017 CFMC Visual Arts Application Instructions

Generic Application Instructions for the Special
Community Foundation of Middlesex County
Visual Arts Residency
Submission Deadline: Monday, April 17, 2017
(midnight, EST)


Applications to the I-Park residency program are processed through the SlideRoom online submission system. By clicking on the link below, you will be connected to the application form and the screen for uploading your work samples. If you are new to this system, you will first be asked to set up an account. Please be certain that the address you enter is your current mailing address and that the e-mail address you enter is for an account that you check regularly. We will use these addresses to communicate with you. If you already have an account with SlideRoom, please go to the Account link and check that your information is still current.

Please scan the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document before applying (click here for a printable version). That way, you can determine if the I-Park program is a good fit for you. Note that this document was written in late 2016 for the 2017 General Residency Program. However, most of the information is relevant for this special initiative.

The application fee is $30.00 and payments may be made by major credit or debit card. This fee helps to defray the cost of the independent selection panels.

In order to be awarded this residency, you must be a visual artist as well as a bona fide resident of Middlesex County. You will be asked to upload a copy of your driver’s license and a utility bill. While you may submit alternative proof of your current residency, if the Community Foundation of Middlesex County does not find this convincing, I-Park will not be able to offer you the residency. For the purposes of this program, visual arts consists of two-and three-dimensional works, including installation.

I-Park fellows are welcome to apply for return residencies. However, they should carefully read the FAQ for current eligibility guidelines before beginning the application process.

Submitting Your Sample Materials
Submitting your work samples occurs in two steps. First, in the Forms area (Upload Details Form), you will provide detailed information on the files you intend to submit. Secondly, you will upload the files themselves in the Media section.

Suggestion – Time Saver
Especially if you are a first-time applicant to I-Park, it may be helpful to log-in to the system at this time to get familiar with its structure. This small upfront investment could save you time in the long run. Note that there are many instructions and tips within the application form itself – when and where you need them – to guide you along your way. If you choose to preview the submission software at this time, please do come back and read the remainder of this document carefully before beginning the application process.

Labeling Your Media Files – Important
As soon as you upload a file, a link will appear at the bottom directing you to Continue to Label Media. The screen that comes up will ask for certain information that will further describe your work (most fields in fact require a response). You may find the following helpful.

  • Title: Carefully follow the instruction that directs you to title your works consistently throughout the application process.
  • Physical Dimensions: Please use imperial units of measure (feet, inches).
  • Year Completed: If you consider yours a work in progress/process (not a completed piece), indicate as such rather than entering a date.
  • Critical Excerpt: This field allows you to identify a specific excerpt within your optional video file that you wish to direct the jury’s attention to. Please double-check that the length of the Critical Excerpt you designate does not exceed the number of minutes allocated for the jurors’ review of that file. Note that you are not allowed to indicate more than one Critical Excerpt within any particular file.
  • Description: This is a free form field that you may use to elaborate on your selection.

Suggestion for an Effective Submission
In terms of the attitude of a typical I-Park selection panelist, less is more. Don’t feel the need to fill up all the space that the system provides. Keep your submission tight and clearly focused.

Assistance with the Instructions, Applying to the Program
In addition to the tutorials and comprehensive instructions provided at various points throughout the process, if you need technical assistance when working in the system, use their on-line Applicant Step-by-Step Guides at https://support.slideroom.com or contact them using their online e-mail form. If any of the application instructions are unclear or you have questions or concerns about the residency program itself, e-mail I-Park directly at info@i-park.org, though we would ask that you take a moment to familiarize yourself with the FAQ first. To expedite processing, use the Subject Line: Application Assistance. You may also contact the office at 860-873-2468 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST), Monday through Thursday.

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