2017 General Residency Program


SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR VISUAL ARTISTS LIVING IN MIDDLESEX COUNTY
The annual call for submissions for our 2017 General Residency Program is now closed, with all notifications to be sent by the end of March. However, thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County, we are reserving one 2017 residency slot for a visual artist currently residing in Middlesex County. If you are interested in applying for this residency, please read the materials below. Although written specifically for the late 2016 call for submissions, it will give you a general flavor for what is provided and how the program works. You can also click on the link to the right for the program FAQ (same caveat). To view the application instructions and connect to the application portal, CLICK HERE. Application deadline is April 17, 2017.
Key Elements of the Program
  • This 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 artists’ expenses are for personal art supplies/materials and transportation to and from the area. A complimentary pickup at a Connecticut airport or bus/train station at the beginning of the session, and a drop-off at the end, is offered.
  • 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 selection panels, the composition of which substantially changes 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:
  • Visual Arts, including sculpture, environmental art, installation, photography
  • Music Composition/Sound Art
  • Architecture
  • Creative Writing
  • Landscape/Garden/Ecological Design
  • Moving Image, including video and film art, new media, documentary, animation, virtual reality
  • The typical residency session has a 4-week duration. The 6-7 artists who populate each session arrive together as a group, share the time and space together and, at the end, leave as a group. The 2017 General Residency Program season run from June 12 through November 20
  • Application materials are currently available online – with a submission deadline of Monday, February 6, 2017.


Special Features
  • an enthusiastic, resourceful staff devoted to providing each artist with a fulfilling, productive and comfortable residency experience
  • a quiet, retreat-type environment conducive to the creative process: I-Park is set in a rich, expansive nature preserve with ponds, fields, teaming wetlands, miles of stone walls and a pristine river running through it
  • onsite vegetable and spice gardens to enhance the meal program
  • support and encouragement to undertake ambitious installations on the grounds – including material, equipment and labor resources for approved projects
  • a special focus on ephemeral, site-responsive art representing all 6 of the creative disciplines supported by I-Park – this culminates every other year in a major exhibition of this work, the Site-Responsive Art Biennale
  • an OPEN Studios event at the end of each residency session to highlight the individual creative processes of the artists
  • international component: approximately a third of the artists come from outside the U.S.
  • you’ll gain an inside perspective on I-Park’s special cross-disciplinary and collaborative programs
  • a shared workshop space and an abundance of tools, materials and equipment, including an electric kiln
  • the Junk Trail: a free/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 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), an aerial drone and a floating living room

 

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