Wednesday, August 26, 2015

If you are an artist, residency opportunities can be critical for the development of your work. Residencies provide artists with much needed time and space. They often provide access to equipment you might not have otherwise. They allow you to mingle (and give/receive feedback) from other artists, and sometimes those outside of your discipline such as writers and musicians.

We love residencies that provide such opportunities for free. Or better yet, pay artists stipends to be there (we do understand that sometimes payment for food and housing is necessary).

Residencies vary greatly. Some have equipment, some are quite low-tech, simply providing space. Some residencies may be located in rural locations while others are located in urban communities. The site may allow you to bring your pet or family; others, not so much. If you think a change of scenery, and dedicated time and space would be helpful for your growth as an artist, research some of our suggestions below. These residencies have fast approaching deadlines!

Jentel Artist Residency
Location: Banner, Wyoming
Deadline: September 15 (and January 15)
Who can apply: writers and artists, 25 years of age and older, residing in the US (citizenship not required). You cannot be enrolled in an academic program.
Cost: A stipend is provided to defray expenses. Residents are responsible for transportation to and from Sheridan, WY and for transporting or shipping personal items, materials, and equipment needed for creative work. Residents shop and prepare meals.

MacDowell Colony
Location: Peterborough, NH
Deadline: September 15 (and April 15 & January 15)
Who can apply: Visual artists, interdisciplinary artists, composers, writers, architects, film and video artists, and playwrights.
Cost: One of the most prestigious residencies in the country, MacDowell provides artists with an exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to eight weeks, free of charge.

National Parks Arts Foundation 
Location: The December NPAF residency takes place at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park
Deadline: September 20
Who can apply: Open to US and non-US artists
Cost: Selected artists will be provided with a studio and house in the park. No fees are charged, and on occasion, stipends may be provided. Benefits vary with particular National Park program.