Finding Time & Money in the New Year: Opportunities for Artists

Kooshk Artist Residency Award Participants 2015

2015 Resident Artists at Kooshk Arts Center Working

We all know that the beginning of a new year is a popular time for setting lofty goals and dreaming big. Resolutions are a great starting point, but making time to put your goals to paper and developing a plan will help you climb out of the impending resolution rut. Start with researching what financial and material resources you need for your next project, potential partners and residencies in locales that will complement your practice. Below you’ll find national and international artists residencies to get you started, as well as listings where you can find more more residencies, fellowships and funding opportunities. The Creative Capital blog is also a great knowledge base of resources from our staff, awardees and professional development leaders. Check out Tips and Tools for quick guides to writing letters of interest, preparing proposals, social media, promoting your work and more.

NPAF First State National Historic Park
Wilmington, Delaware
Deadline: January 1, 2016
The National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) in association with First State National Historical Park of the National Park Service now offers a Residency in Northern Delaware, close to many of the historic colonial sights of Delaware, but in a pastoral forest setting that inspired the Wyeth family.  Chosen artists are given use of a studio for the term of the residency as well as a venue for workshops or public lectures. Surrounded by trails, the property is an ideal location for finding inspiration in the bucolic settings of the Brandywine Valley.

Sci-Fi and the Human Condition Thematic Residency
Omaha, Nebraska
Deadline: January 8, 2016
The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts is accepting applications for this process-based that aims to bring artists together who work in like-minded subject matter and interests. The Bemis Center aims to construct a cohort of artists interested in the human condition when exploring issues of race, class, and gender through futuristic lenses.

Kooshk Artist Residency Award
Tehran, Iran
Deadline: January 15, 2016
The Kooshk Artist Residency Award has been implemented to support artists, creativity and the development of new ideas in the unique city of Tehran. This program offers residents the chance to research and experiment, develop professionally, maintain the exchange of ideas and direct dialogues in order to grow and nurture their creativity. All expenses including flight tickets, accommodation, living expenses as well as a modest contribution toward materials will be paid by Kooshk.

Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Fellowship Program for Art and Theory
Innsbruck, Austria
Deadline: January 29, 2016
Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen invites visual and media artists, art critics, theorists, and curators to apply for a fellowship in 2016–2017. Büchsenhausen promotes internationally relevant artistic production, research, and discussion in the region of Tyrol. The program is based on the idea of generating and maintaining a context for production and discussion, in which artists and theorists can connect and reflect on international art and societal discourses in relation to local topics and issues.

Silent Speech: Cut the Crap Residency
Brugge, Belgium
Deadline: February 1, 2016
This residency addresses the themes of stories rooted in harsh times. Artists working within this theme, whether they deal with contemporary global conflicts or research the historical dynamics of the Great War, are encouraged to take part in this program.

Emanuel College Artist Residency
Boston, MA
Deadline: February 1, 2016
The Emmanuel College Art Department offers an eight-week residency to four artists each summer from mid June to mid August. The residency supports a diverse group of artists, providing time and space for established and emerging artists to develop their work in Boston.

Space and Time Artist Residency
Guttenberg, NJ
Deadline: February 14, 2016
Space and Time Artist Residency at Guttenberg Arts provides artists with a $3,000 stipend to cover material, travel, and housing in conjunction with 24/7 access for three months to a professionally equipped workspace for the visual arts including printmaking, dark room and ceramics. Artists will also be given a one month solo show as well as 3-4 studio visits from accomplished professionals from the art world.

Mineral School
Mineral, Washington
Deadline: February 15, 2016
Mineral School is a residency located in a former 1947 elementary school near Mt. Rainier, in Mineral, Washington. During summer 2016, they’re offering four two-week residency periods to 15 writers of poetry and prose and one visual artist, providing accepted applicants with space and time to create new work without the interruptions of normal life and with the bonus of healthy meals prepared by culinary volunteers using locally-grown organic food whenever possible.

Spread Art Residency for Artists and Writers with Children Under Age 18
Detroit, MI
Deadline: February 29, 2016
Spread Art’s Detroit-based Artist Residency Program invites local, regional, national and international artists to develop and present work in collaboration with the creative communities of Detroit. Visual artists and writers with children under the age of 18 for a fully subsidized residency provided by the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

Pro Helvetia Studio Residencies
India, China, Southern Africa, or Switzerland
Deadline: March 1, 2016
The aim of the residency is to find inspiration, establish networks and contemplate new projects and cooperations. In addition to a place to work and accommodation, Pro Helvetia will provide specific coaching. The Swiss Arts Council covers the costs of travel, insurance and per diem expenses. Applicants may apply three times in total for a Pro Helvetia studio residency.

Georgia Fee Artist | Writer Residency
Paris, France
Deadline: March 1, 2016
The Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency has been established in memory of ArtSlant’s Founder who passed away December 8th, 2012. Georgia was dedicated to supporting and investing in young artists and writers, and she had a deep connection with the city of Paris. This residency, which offers artists and writers the opportunity to create work in Paris, has been created in Georgia’s memory. The goal of the Georgia Fee Artist/Writer Residency in Paris is to support and invest in emerging artists and writers, to provide an opportunity for them to advance their work and explore and engage with the cultural landscape of Paris, to encourage experimentation, and to increase exposure of their work to an international audience.

Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Artists-in-Residence Program
Ithaca, NY
Deadline: March 1, 2016
The program is designed for emerging artists and/or recent MFA graduates in the visual arts to gain teaching experience within the School of Art’s non-credit program while developing their studio practice. Artists receive support for these endeavours by being provided with housing, studio, meals, professional opportunities, and financial support. MWPAI and the surrounding community gain creatively from interactions with resident artists. AIR’s are an energizing and crucial component of creative life on campus.
MWPAI is calling for two artists that would benefit from focused studio time and an interest in teaching; Video Artists and Communications Design Artists (ie: Graphic Design, Illustration) working in a studio environment. Graphic artist applicants whose work experiments with or bridges design and fine art are encouraged.

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Please share any other opportunities the Creative Capital community might be interested in the new year!

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