October 19th, 2009


Yaddo is a 400 acre estate in Saratoga Springs, New York. It was founded in 1900 and it offers programs for choreography, film, literature, musical composition, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and video. Over the years, residents of Yaddo have won 64 Pulitzer Prizes, 27 MacArthur Fellowships, 60 National Book Awards, 24 National Book Critics Circle Awards, 108 Rome Prizes, 45 Whiting Writers’ Awards, and one Nobel Prize in Literature. The complete list of residents are here. Many people believe that hat the land itself at Yaddo is the source of mystical creative power.

You can apply as an individual or as a team.Yaddo is open eleven months out of the year and have a tennis court, pool and bikes for the residents to use. The resident program can last from two weeks to two months and they offer room, board, and a studio space.

Penland School of Crafts

October 19th, 2009

Penland is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and offers a variety programs for artists looking to have a live and work experience. Along with special programs or workshops they occasionally are able to offer short-term residencies. WHat they are best known for however is their 1-2 year fellowships and their 3 year residencies.

The Core Fellowship is geared toward artists looking to take time between undergrad and grad school to further their skills, self-motivated education or a transition from education to professional art. As a fellow, artists are expected to attend classes in Spring, Summer and Fall as well as work around the school 20-25 hours a week from kitchen duties to studio jobs. They are provided with tuition for classes, meals during classes and housing as well as a modest stipend. At the end of their first year they can apply for a second year upon a review of their first years work. Penland School

The residency is a 3 year long commitment and it is strongly advised to already be associated with the school before applying by having taken classes, workshops or held a fellowship. Resident artists live and work in a small community of fellow residents and contribute to the school by having an open door policy to their studios as well as assisting or running workshops. They need to be self-motivated and focused in their craft and also be able to live in a small space with other people for such an extended period. Residents pay $150-200 per month for unfurnished housing a studio space.

For information on classes and how to apply to a fellowship or residency visit the Penland website!


Archie Bray Foundation

October 19th, 2009

The Archie Bray Foundation is located in Helena, Montana.  Though there is no on-site housing and costs for firing, the Foundation offers opportunities for residents to teach community classes, which pays in experience and financially.  There are also a variety of kilns so an artist could experiment with multiple firing techniques and the foundation also has its own supply store with 19 different types of clay.  There are also galleries in which the residents can sell their work.  The resident artists seem to be mainly working in clay sculpturally.

THe MAttress FActory

October 19th, 2009

This is an excellent space to work if you’re geared more towards installation-type pieces. However, there is a disclaimer: pieces must be site-specific. Finished pieces are exhibited at the end of the work period for 6 months, and then afterwards, it’s taken down and the studio space is returned to its original condition. The fun part about this place is that you set the amount of time that you’d like to work there…artists work anywhere from a couple of weeks to a a couple of months. (Apparently most artists are there for 3-4 weeks.) They provide you with professionals to help with the installation processes, such as carpenters, welders, plaster-workers, etc. They’ll also help you locate materials! So, here is the list of support provided by the Residency Program:

  • Air transportation to and from Pittsburgh
  • Housing, per diem and local transportation
  • All materials and equipment
  • Curatorial support to identify and secure all materials
  • Skilled and unskilled labor during the installation process
  • Marketing and publicity
  • Documentation
  • An opening reception to present the exhibition to the public
  • Honorarium

This is what the building looks like:


Also, (they say they’re not accepting applications right now, but here it is anyway) this is the application to apply for the residency.

Sanskriti Foundation

October 19th, 2009

  The Sanskriti Foundation is a seven-acre facility located in New Delhi, India.  The facility contains studio space, residency space, three museums, and a great deal of outdoor space for artists to utilize.  The foundation supports community interaction and provides a diverse, international environment for artists to live in. This would be a great opportunity not only for a artistic adventure but would also be a regional inquiry.

The Mattress Factory

October 19th, 2009

I am interested in the Mattress Factory because I might one day be living in Pittsburgh and I wanted something realistic. This however, is not the only reason why I am interested in their residency program. The residencies range from one week to two months and I wouldn’t have to make a commitment to be there longer than that. Also, it  they provided materials that would be hard to collect by one’s self such as  ” human hair” and awesome on site professionals such as carpenters that could help do tasks that I do not yet know how to do. Thirdly, the residency program seems all inclusive such as air fare etc.

Lastly, well renowned artists have exhibited here, artists such as Yayoi Kusama. I am inspired by her work because like her, I am drawn to mirrors, and  inspired by her story of how she lives by choice in a psychiatric hospital in Tokyo. This  shows how much she is committed. ” All of her work has come from a waking vision in which she sat at a table covered with a floral tablecloth, in a room covered with floral wallpaper, and saw that her hands, too, were covered with flowers.”

Artist Residencies

October 19th, 2009

Hey its Zara here! Have Fun exploring these available Artist Residencies! Some of my favorites are the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramics Arts, Ucross Foundation, Yaddo and the American Academy in Rome. Pretty cool stuff!





Jess at Work

October 14th, 2009
can we have more work space????????????

can we have more work space????????????

Teresita Fernandez:Drawn Waters (Borrowdale) at Lehman Maupin

October 2nd, 2009


Read her statement for Drawn Waters:

In Drawn Waters (Borrowdale), precision-machined, polished panels of graphite and massive fragments of the raw, mined material are assembled to create a large-scale sculpture of an undulating, dissolving waterfall. Alluding to Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of moving water as well as to Robert Smithson’s land pours, Fernández turns the idea of a drawing into tangible form, making a solid sculpture that is in effect a three-dimensional gestural graphite drawing, a line dragged through the gallery space. For Fernández, to assemble the sculpture is to engage in the act of drawing.

In her Nocturnal Series, Fernández creates works that are at once landscape painting, conventional drawing and sculptural relief. From afar these suggest dark, monochrome minimalist paintings. As viewers approach, the works slowly reveal detailed and lustrous romantic landscapes. Like a drawing over a drawing, the graphite–carved, polished, layered and drawn on–reflects light to depict luminous night scenes of oddly familiar but mysteriously displaced sites. In Passaic Pour Fernández again nods to Smithson; the iconic Great Falls of Passaic are reinvented as a grand nocturnal scene of an immense pour.

The surrounding white walls of the gallery become the ground for pieces such as Epic. Made of swarms of tens of thousands of small pieces of graphite attached to the wall, the lustrous, gem-like pieces cast what appear to be shadows that are actually soft graphite marks drawn directly on the wall. Object and process morph to become both the act of drawing and the finished mark, verb and noun. The entire dynamic composition recalls sweeping atmospheric clouds, grand natural phenomena or epic meteor events.

Read her bio:

Teresita Fernández was born in 1968 in Miami, Florida and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions internationally and abroad at sites including the New Museum of Contemporary, New York; the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo de Malaga, Spain; the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia; Site Santa Fe, New Mexico, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, Italy; the Witte de With in Rotterdam; and the Miami Art Museum, Florida. Fernández has completed numerous public commissions including one at the Louis Vuitton Maison in San Francisco, California and another at the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park, where her work Seattle Cloud Cover allows visitors to walk through a covered skyway while viewing the city’s skyline through tiny holes in multicolored glass. In January 2009, The Blanton Museum of Art unveiled Stacked Waters, a site-specific installation created for the cavernous entrance of the museum. Her new permanent commission Blind Blue Landscape opened in September 2009 at the renowned Benesse Art Site in Naoshima, Japan. Also completed in September 2009 is Starfield, a large-scale commission for the new state-of-the-art Dallas Cowboys Stadium. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards both in the U.S. and abroad, including the 2005 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship and the 1999 Louis Comfort Tiffany Biennial Award. Her work is included in numerous major private collections as well as the permanent collections of t he St. Louis Art Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, the Miami Art Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Sammlung Goetz in Munich, Germany and the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York. A solo exhibition of new and older works recently on view at the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida, will travel to the Blanton Museum of Art in Texas opening 1 November 2009. A new monograph edited by David Louis Norr with essays by Dave Hickey, Anne Stringfield and Gregory Volk published by JRP Ringier and the USF Contemporary Art Museum accompanies the exhibition. In early 2010, Fernández will begin a residency at the Singapore Tyler Print Institute.

Happy Holidays!

December 20th, 2008

Much like our friends in the auto industry who have given their employees upwards of three weeks unpaid vacation for the holidays to try and save their tuchases from bankruptcy, the esteemed contributors to this blog were delighted (okay, we were delighted–auto workers are probably not so much excited about their break) to receive a whole heck of a lot of time off for the holidays–so don’t be disappointed when you find a cold, lonley, un-updated little blog on this year’s Christmas. However, rejoice in knowing that Uncle Lumpy–and maybe even the Big 3–may rebound in the Spring Semester.

From everyone at Uncle Lumpy, Happy Holidays & New Year!