Each year Artsmith grants up to five Artist Residency Fellowships for artists, scholars, and writers to have one week of focused time to create new works. The residency takes place on Orcas Island in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. Fellows stay in individual rooms with private baths as guests of Artsmith and Kangaroo House Bed and Breakfast, and have access to the inn's amenities, including wireless Internet and our garden hot tub. Being within walking distance of the beach, library, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, and Darvill's Bookstore, and only a few miles from Moran State Park and Turtleback Preserve, residents have no shortage of inspirational sustenance.
Five dinners will be provided during the residency. Fellows will be responsible for all other meals. Due to health regulations, they cannot give access to the kitchen; however, a small refrigerator, microwave, and electric kettle are provided, along with glassware, dishes, and utensils.
Visual artists, please note that Artsmith does not have artist studios. As a result, the residency is best-suited for artists who do not require use of a studio. If in doubt, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
The Selection Process
The Artsmith Peer Review Panel, comprised of artists, writers, and scholars, selects Fellows based primarily on two main criteria:
1. How well the proposed work will benefit from the residency setting
2. Do the statement of intent and work sample reflect originality and evidence of pushing the boundaries of craft
The makeup of the Peer Review Panel changes each year, but is always selected to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the residency.
The next Artsmith Artist Residency will take place January 4 to 11, 2015. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2014.
Please submit the following online via Submittable:
1. Cover letter, including residency statement of intent, contact info for two recommenders, and commitment that you can spend the entire week in residency (maximum 250 words to be pasted in online form).
2. Artists: Up to three digital work samples; Writers: Up to 10 pages writing sample in one file
3. $35 application fee
Previous Fellows, please wait two years after your last residency to reapply. 2013 Fellows may apply for the 2015 residency.
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