2020 General Residency Program


Application materials are now available for the
2020 residency season.
The application deadline is January 15, 2020.
2020 Application Instructions

I-Park is a rural artists-in-residence program offering fully-funded residencies to creatives working in the following disciplines.
VISUAL ARTS
painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, book arts, mixed media,
site-responsive art, installation
MUSIC COMPOSITION/SOUND ART
Concert music (all forms), film scoring, jazz, popular and electronic music, sound sculpture/design, mixed media, instrument design/fabrication
CREATIVE WRITING
playwrights, writers working in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, literary criticism and mixed media
MOVING IMAGE/NEW MEDIA
film, video, documentary, animation, computer art, virtual/augmented reality, interactive, installation, mixed media, computer gaming
ARCHITECTURE/LANDSCAPE DESIGN
design projects, competition proposals, dissertations, model building,
site-responsive/ecological installations, theoretical investigations
2020 residencies are being offered from May through October. All 2020 residencies are 4-weeks in duration except for an experimental 6-week residency in September/October. Multi-disciplinary sessions consist of between 6 and 7 artists, all of whom arrive and depart at the same time, ensuring a deeply shared experience. Residents are provided a private bedroom in a fully renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio and chef-prepared dinners five nights a week.
Shared amenities include a communal kitchen, Common Area for group gatherings, library, 28 art/nature trails, wireless internet, aerial drone, steam sauna out by the pond, floating living room, outdoor shower, electric kiln and a workshop outfitted with tools, materials and equipment.
The residency is self-directed and non-judgmental. You decide what you’re going to work on and when. I-Park’s resourceful staff is devoted to providing each artist with a fulfilling, productive and comfortable residency experience. We welcome ambitious installation projects on the I-Park grounds, and there is a small budget for materials, equipment and labor for approved projects.
Each residency concludes with an Open Studios event, in which members of the public are invited to meet the artists, experience their work and explore the I-Park grounds.
Except for a $35 application fee to help defray the cost of the discipline-specific selection panels, the residencies are fully-funded. Artists need only pay for their art supplies and transportation to and from the area. Complimentary shuttle service to a Connecticut airport or bus/train station is offered at the beginning and end of the residency session.
2020 is I-Park’s 20th year of programming. Since its founding in 2001, I-Park has sponsored more than 900 residencies, with approximately one-third of the artists coming from outside the United States.
APPLICATION PROCESS
Applications are processed in two rounds. Please be sure to submit your best work samples in your Preview Round files.
Applications are adjudicated by five selection panels consisting of independent experts with discipline-specific strengths. The composition of the panels changes each year.
Please at least scan the FAQ before beginning the application process — to be sure the program is a good fit for you. In particular, if you are an I-Park fellow, check page 2 to be certain you are eligible for a return residency at this time.
I-Park will be offering four international travel grants in 2020. Check page 2 of the FAQ for details.
The I-Park residency program is set within a 450-acre nature preserve, with open fields, miles of walking trails and stone walls, ponds, a diverse natural habit including teeming wetlands areas, a second generation forest and a pristine river. This quiet, retreat-type environment is especially conducive to the creative process — and has, over the years, inspired a special interest in site-responsive ephemeral art.
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