SCULPTURE SPACE, located in Utica, New York invites artists whose focus is sculpture to apply for a two-month residency between September 2014 and September 2015. Depending on funding, eighteen to twenty residents are selectively chosen each year with a stipend of $2,000 awarded to offset costs.
We offer a 5,500 square foot shared studio with specialized equipment in addition to two private studios. The Studio Manager provides ongoing assistance and technical expertise; the Office Manager and Executive Director are available to assist with any other special requirements. Basic understanding and communication skills in English are necessary. Three to four artists are in residence each month; artists are expected to stay for a full two months. Housing is provided (depending on funding, free or at a nominal cost) a block away in a newly renovated residence with private bedrooms, washer/dryer, TV, internet and shared living space. Artists are responsible for materials, specialized tools and food. Bicycles are provided; transport for materials purchase and other needs is also available.
The studio and house are located in West Utica, close to downtown, and situated in Central New York’s scenic Mohawk Valley. Because of Sculpture Space’s long history and presence in Utica, the community is supportive and receptive to site-specific work; in particular, we are interested in projects that realize and expand examples of creative placemaking to our neighborhood and the community.
For the 2014-2015 cycle, we hope to introduce several new residency initiatives for artists engaged in social practice:
1. A partnership with the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees (http://www.mvrcr.org/) that pairs individuals, artisans, craftspeople and artists working with the Center with an Artist in Residence to create/realize new collaborative works/project;
2. A partnership with the Oneida County Health Department Community Garden’s (http://www.ocgov.net/sites/default/files/Utica_garden_map.htm) for multiple neighborhood outreach projects in collaboration with community gardener groups and an Artist in Residence;
3. A partnership with local recyclers and the Oneida-Herkimer Solid Waste Authority (http://www.ohswa.org/facilities/recycling-center/) for materials to be used by an Artist in Residence to create/realize new collaborative works/project (including public art installations as appropriate/possible).
If you are interested in applying for any/all of these partnered residencies, please email us your project description/scope/details and include an ideal budget, schedule and timetable (along with cv, images and 3 reference names/emails/phone numbers). Please note that in applying for these residencies, you may extend the residency as needed (and/or come and go) as the project dictates. Please note that we are able to grant necessary funds to cover housing and related costs (food, travel, childcare, etc.) for artists with children/families through the Sustainable Arts Foundation.
Artists are required to acknowledge Sculpture Space when works made while in residence are subsequently exhibited or published and must provide high-quality images of works for the website, archives and publications. In addition, we require artists donate an artwork to be sold at our annual CHAIRity Art Auction, held every September, benefitting Sculpture Space’s programming.
Since 1976, Sculpture Space has helped to support the careers and studio practice of over 400 national and international artists from around the world. As desired, artists and arts professionals (including curators and writers) are invited for informal studio visits. The collaborative environment of the studio and the communal aspects of the residence help foster dialogue, exchange of ideas, creative experimentation and both personal and professional connections. In addition to the CHAIRity fundraiser in September, the public is invited to Works in Progress receptions (held every few months); other visits are arranged by appointment.
Accepted artists are selected by a Review Committee. A guest juror is also included, this year: Anja Chavez, Director of the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York, former Director/Curator of the Warehouse Gallery in Syracuse, New York. Artists are notified at the end of January. Primary criteria for selection are based on the quality, originality and potential of their work and proposed project.
Applications are accepted from NOVEMBER 1 – DECEMBER 31, 2013 at https://sculpturespace.slideroom.com/
We require all of the following to consider your application complete:
1. Application Form;
2. Project Proposal;
3. 10 examples of creative work (where appropriate, include title, date, media, dimensions; for video/ interdisciplinary/performance or other work please include any helpful/descriptive information for review panel);
4. Current biography;
5. Administration fee of US$10 and Slideroom fee of $10 ($20 total)
For more about Sculpture Space: its history, programming, residents and alumni, please visit: http://www.sculpturespace.org, “like” us on Facebook and/or contact:
Holly Flitcroft, Office Manager
12 Gates Street
Utica, NY 13502 USA