Archive for the ‘Residencies for Artists’ Category

Costa Rica Artists’ Colony for Julia and David

Monday, October 19th, 2009

This artist colony offers residencies from  a few weeks to months.  It is located in Costa Rica in Central America and in the middle of a private seventeen acre rainforest. It is about  a twenty five minute drive to the capital San Jose’.  The colony was established in 1998 to honor the memory of the founder’s deceased children.  The environment is described as natural and nurturing.  It is at about 900 feet above sea level and year round temperatures average in the seventy’s.  The culture of Costa Rica is described as peace loving (excluding the drug trafficers). There are a number of museums near by ranging from Pre-Columbian to Modern Art as well as ballet, theatre and opera.  Outdoor activities include visiting volcanos, rain forest, beaches and rivers.  Healthcare is available.  As you can see this sounds more like a vacation than an artist residency.  Artist do not have to compete for residencies but simply make a reservation at an available time.  The artist pays for their time at the colony and studio space is provided.  The colony seems to offer a wonderful retreat atmosphere rather than a stimulating, idea enriching experience.

Penland School of Crafts

Monday, 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!

Artist Residencies

Monday, 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!