Artist in Residence Application
The Deering Estate at Cutler’s Artist in Residence Program was established in September 2006. Since then we have welcomed a handful of select artists in to the program to create inspired works of art and interact with our Estate visitors. Consistent with Mr. Deering’s own vision to support emerging artists as well as our desire to support traditional fine craft artisans, our Artist in Residence Program offers professional visual, performing and literary artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline, create a body of work, connect with other artists and engage the public, while interacting with the historic, archeological and natural elements of the Estate’s inspiring environment. At present, there are five residencies available on a rolling, juried application basis for one month to twelve month terms. The program welcomes self-motivated, focused individuals working in traditional and nontraditional mediums. Shared and collaborative residencies are accepted. The primary basis for selection of our artists is the strength and quality of the applicants' work. Our resident artists must have an ability to work within a natural environment. Their work must fit the scale of the Deering Estate’s historic structures which cannot be altered. Artists must also have a clear objective for the time of their residency and be willing work in a dynamic environment that encourages public interaction and interaction with other artists.
We consider all forms of art except those that manipulate or disturb the Estate’s natural and historic environment and those that portray nudity, political, religious, or racial comments that may be deemed offensive to our guests. Artist applications are judged by volunteer jurors selected by the Deering Estate at Cutler.
Selected artists agree to devote no less than 30 hours per week to their artistic discipline or specific body of work on-site or off-site. This program is not designed for “weekend” artists. As part of their residency, artists must collaboratively schedule with other artists to maintain continual guest access to studios during regular Estate hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Artists volunteer at least 10 hours per month to our on-site or outreach educational programs. Artists contribute 10% of any art sales transacted during their residency back to the Estate, and artists generally donate at least one completed work that is representative of their style and stay at the Estate to our exhibit program. Artists are invited and encouraged to participate in various special events that are held on the Estate as well.
Artists in Residence are granted free access to the Estate and designated studio, and no rental or utility usage fees are assessed. Artists may access to the Estate and the Studios from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week (with the exception of Christmas). Cash stipends and honorariums are NOT offered by the Estate as part of the Artist in Residence Program. The artist is responsible for supplying his/her own tools, materials and anything necessary to complete his/her art works.
Artists in Residence must complete a formal application that is submitted to a volunteer committee of jurors for review and acceptance.
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The application must also include: 1) A one to two page resume and summary of creative works and statement describing what you hope to achieve from the residency and your ability to meet the selection criteria below. 2) Up to six (6) samples of work created within the last two years. Digital format is preferred over slides, prints, or VHS submissions. Artists may submit digital files via email or CD via mail. Please provide labeling information or a brief description for each sample with your name, medium(s), and image size (height x width). 3) Please include a self addressed stamped envelope for any materials you wish to have returned.
For more information, please contact: Jennifer Tisthammer, Exhibits and Collections, 305.235.1668 ext. 232, firstname.lastname@example.org.