2019 General Residency Program

Application materials are now available for the autumn residency sessions.
The application deadline for our autumn sessions is May 20.
painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, book arts, mixed media, site-responsive art, installation
concert music (all genres), sound sculpture, mixed media, architectural sound design, film scoring, instrument design
playwrights, writers working in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, literary criticism and mixed media
film, video, documentary, animation, computer art, virtual reality, interactive, installation, mixed media
design projects, competition proposals, dissertations, model building, site-responsive/ecological installations, theoretical investigations
Residencies are offered from May through November. All 2019 residencies are 4-weeks and include 6-7 artists, all of whom arrive and depart at the same time, ensuring a deeply shared experience. Residents are provided a private bedroom in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio and chef-prepared dinners five nights a week.
Shared amenities include a communal kitchen, Common Area, library, wireless internet and a workshop outfitted with tools, materials, equipment and an electric kiln.
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 will furnish 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 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 each session.
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.
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 six international travel grants in 2019. Check page 2 of the FAQ for details.
Questions? Call (860) 873-2468, or write info@i-park.org.
In 2019, I-Park will host its seventh Site-Responsive Art Biennale, welcoming 10 – 12 artists and designers for a three-week residency devoted to creating site-responsive works within I-Park’s natural and built environments. Artists representing all five of I-Park’s creative disciplines, as well as performance art, are welcome to apply.
In 2020, I-Park will host its biannual Composers + Musicians Collaborative Residency. This two-week program pairs five composers with a well-established chamber ensemble, allowing the composers to hear their work performed while they create it. This collaboration culminates in meticulously rehearsed performances in Connecticut and New York City.

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 ephemeral, site-responsive art.
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