General Residency Program — On Partial Hiatus for 2014 See the calendar (Events, Updates tab) for 2014 activities
Key Elements of the Program
- The 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 airport or bus/train station is available).
- The format is self-directed, non-judgmental: you decide what you’re going to work on
- Residents are provided with a private bedroom, 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 Sculpture
- 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.
Features of an I-Park Residency
- 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; miles of on-site walking trails; prolific vegetable, spice and flower gardens for fresh produce and living color
- 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 in which all the creative fields supported by I-Park are invited to participate – 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.
- a window into I-Park’s specially-themed inter-disciplinary, collaborative programs and 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 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
Experience the calming effect that the I-Park landscape can have on the creative process, courtesy of The Moogist (Tim Tsang, 2012).
Typical dinner at I-Park (well not every night) courtesy of members of the Experimental Inter-Disciplinary/Collaborative Projects Residency Program