General Residency Program

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GENERAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM OVERVIEW

I-Park hosts intimate, multidisciplinary, fully funded residencies to artists from around the world. The General Residency Program is our foundational residency structure, launched at I-Park’s inception in 2001. Between 6 and 8 artists reside onsite for (typically) 4-week “sessions.” To foster a congenial social setting, all artists arrive and depart at the same time. Residents are provided with 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, a Common Area for group gatherings, a modest library, 25 art/nature trails, wireless internet, a steam sauna out by the pond, a Junk Trail with lots of tantalizing art materials – 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 supportive, fulfilling, productive, respectful, safe and comfortable live/work setting. Institutional demands on artists’ time are minimal and we take it as our mission to, whenever possible, remove obstacles and distractions that could otherwise prevent the artists from achieving their most ambitious goals for their time with us.

The I-Park residency program is set within a 450-acre nature preserve, with open fields, miles of walking trails and stone walls, ponds and streams, a diverse natural habitat including teeming wetlands areas, a second-generation forest – and a pristine river runs through it. We believe that this quiet, retreat-type environment is especially conducive to the creative process. Over the years, the land has inspired a passionate interest in site-responsive ephemeral art.

Except for a $35 application fee to help defray the cost of the discipline-specific selection panels, invited 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.

I-Park supports artists and designers working in the following creative disciplines:

  • Music Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Moving Image
  • Architecture
  • Landscape/Garden Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Interdisciplinary Practice

Typically, about half the artists are working in the visual arts. About 30% of the artists are from overseas. 

2024 GENERAL RESIDENCY PROGRAM: DETAILS

Application Portal Opens on February 1, 2024 (subject to adjustment)

Application Deadline: February 29, 2024 

Applications are adjudicated by seven selection panels consisting of independent experts with discipline-specific strengths. 21 selection panelists are standing by to jury the 2024 applicants’ work samples and supporting documents.

Please at least scan the 2024 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. We have recently updated the guidelines for return residencies.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT FOR I-PARK’S RESIDENCY PROGRAM

We aspire to be a diverse, inclusive, equitable artists’ residency. Our programs are designed to provide a warm, welcoming, respectful, peaceful setting to which individuals from diverse backgrounds are invited to pursue their creative ambitions – an unconditional gift of time, space and fellowship. We are committed to an inclusive approach and to offering equal opportunity for participation and engagement in our programs. We define diversity as a continuum of individual, group and social differences, visible and invisible. Diversity at I-Park includes, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual belief, disability, national origin, veteran status, age and other individual or group attributes that are underrepresented and underserved.