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Deering Estate Artist-in-Residence Program

Deering Estate Artist in Residence Studio

Consistent with founder Charles Deering’s vision, the Deering Estate Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) seeks to continue the legacy of art patronage by supporting artists who work in various disciplines and media.

The AIR Program offers professional visual, literary, performing, and cross-disciplinary artists the opportunity to pursue innovative projects and studio work, connect with other artists, and engage the public while interacting with the historical, architectural, intellectual, archeological, and natural elements of the Estate’s inspiring environment. Since 2006, we have welcomed over 90 shared and collaborative residencies representing a broad scope of contemporary and traditional artistic practices.

The Deering Estate’s engaging Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program has launched the application for the 2025 season. A call to artists is currently available for visual, literary, performing, and cross-disciplinary arts and artists are invited to apply before the August 31, 2024, 11:59 pm EST deadline. The application is for studio residencies and non-studio project residencies at the Deering Estate, beginning as early as January 15, 2025.

Join us for an in-person information session on Tuesday, June 4th, 6 – 7 PM to learn more about the Deering Estate Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program and the application process.

Studio-Artist-in-Residence:

An on-site studio residency opportunity to produce studio work and pursue innovative projects.

On-site studio residents are granted access to designated studios from 7 am to 7 pm; no rental or utility usage fees are assessed. This estimated value of up to $1000.00 per month in studio costs depends on maintaining the responsibilities in the Artist-in-Residence Handbook.

The on-site studio Artist-in-Residence is a day-only, work-space residency and does not allow overnight stays.

All on-site studio Artist-in-Residence agree to devote at least 30 hours per week to their artistic discipline or specific body of work on-site.

As part of their Residency, on-site studio artists must collaboratively schedule their presence to allow visitors access to studios during special events, daily opening hours, and as per the request of the Cultural Arts Department (written notice of these dates is given to accepted artists annually). Regular Deering Estate hours are 10 am to 4 pm (except Thanksgiving and Christmas).

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Non-Studio-Artist-in-Residence:

A non-studio residency opportunity to pursue innovative projects.

The project-based Residency requires a proposal correlated to Charles Deering’s artistic vision. It has many possibilities in form, content, and result. A site visit, including participation in tours and personal research, is recommended before writing the proposal.

2024-2025 Application Information

CV: Provide a one-to-two-page resume or CV including contact information, website, education, related training, exhibition record, or summary of creative works, collections, residencies, press, and affiliations. Please indicate your role if the nature of your work is collaborative.

Narrative Biography: In brief paragraph form, write about your journey as an artist, including your place of birth, education, exhibition highlights, collections and associations, residencies, and other experiences relevant to your work. (4 – 5 Sentences).

Current Artist Statement: In brief paragraph form, write about the content and form of your work, including any approaches informing your practice (4 – 5 Sentences).

Letter of Intent: On a separate page, write a one-to-two-page letter of intent that answers the following questions:

Please indicate how your talents and artistic discipline will help fulfill the cultural vision of Charles Deering.

If applying for a Studio-Artist-in-Residency, describe the concept or the body of work you wish to create while in Residency on the Estate. Include in the narrative how the Deering Estate Artist in Residence Program would impact the development of your work.

If applying for a Non-Studio-Artist-in-Residency, write a conceptual project proposal framing the possibilities of your project and how this might impact the development of your work.

Please indicate the types of activities/programs that you would like to create during Residency.

Note that the planning and scheduling of paid classes is not part of this section.

Representation of Your Work: Share up to ten (10) samples of work created within the last two years that represent your practice. Work documentation can be represented through any combination of still images, sound, video, manuscript, writing samples, or project statement for a maximum of ten samples.

  • Still Images: JPG files with the longest side of the image at a maximum of 1920 pixels per inch (ppi). The jpg file should not exceed 3 megabytes (MB) in total file weight and have a minimum of 72 dpi.

For example, A 16 x 20 inches jpg image at 100 dpi weighs approximately 1.7 MB.

Files should be named with last name, period, first initial, then underscore, then entry number.

For Example: If you are John Smith and this is your first entry: Smith.J_1.jpg

  • Sound and Video: Submit links for up to three clips lasting no more than five minutes each. The Jury will discard longer clips.

Video format: MP4

  • Manuscript or Writing Samples: One- three writing samples, abstracts, or project descriptions.
  • Performance: Documentation of work can be represented through any combination listed above and written description.

Image and Works List: Please provide a page of labeling/summary information containing all submissions. List your name, title, medium, image size (height x width x depth), and year of production. Where possible, include thumbnail images, brief descriptions, and place of performance where applicable. Please indicate your role if the nature of your work is collaborative.

Submissions: Online Submissions are due August 31, 2024. Apply online

For more information, refer to FAQ’s online, the Artist-in-Residence handbook, or contact: Lili Dominguez (305) 235-1668 , option 7, or email [email protected]

  • Open to professional artists ages 18 and older
  • Open to visual, performing, literary arts, and cross-disciplinary.
  • Open to local and non-local (traveling, out-of-state, and international) artists
  • All artist must find their local accommodations, transport, and funding for supplies and expenses.
  • Complete the application process
  • Submit by the application deadline of August 31, 2024.

Studio-Artist-in-Residence

  • Please specify visual, performing, or literary arts. If cross-disciplinary, please explain in your application’s letter of intent.
  • Students who will be or are currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program are not eligible to apply for an On-Site-Studio Residency.
  • Artists must devote at least 30 hours per week to their artistic discipline or specific body of work on-site to be considered.
  • Residency lengths vary from two to twelve months, depending on space and jury process.
  • Applicants should indicate residency duration preference.
  • Residency applications and letters of intent should not be based on a fully planned exhibit or commercial class offerings.
  • Artists are selected through a jury process using leading professionals from our family of galleries, collaborative arts, and cultural organizations.
  • There is currently a total of 3 artist studios
  • All artists must apply (or reapply) annually to be considered.
  • Studio residencies can be held for a maximum of 2 consecutive years upon re-application, after which they must wait two years to be re-considered for studio residencies. However, artists can apply for non-studio artists-in-residence for consideration.

Non-Studio-Artist-in-Residence

  • Please specify visual, performing, or literary arts. If cross-disciplinary, please explain in your application’s letter of intent.
  • Faculty, students, and other professionals are encouraged to apply for non-studio residencies as they offer more flexibility with time commitments and resource access.
  • The project-based Residency requires a proposal correlated to Charles Deering’s artistic vision. It has many possibilities in form, content, and result. A site visit, including participation in tours and personal research, is recommended prior to writing the proposal.
  • Applications should outline specific goals for interaction with the Estate and are not intended to be exhibition proposals.
  • Results of project residencies can be scheduled as readings, workshops, online exhibits, or performances on-site in coordination with educational and interpretive staff as part of the special events calendar.
  • Indicate temporary access to classroom, theater, or other occasional space requests. Artists applying to non-studio project residency should have other studio space accommodations.
  • Project residency artists are reviewed on an annual basis.
  • Artists are selected through a jury process using leading professionals from our family of galleries, collaborative arts, and cultural organizations
  • Jury reserves the right to select a limited number of project-based residencies annually and does not necessarily award each season. Please see FAQ and Application for further information.

CONDITIONAL CRITERIA

All selections made by the Jury is contingent to completion of volunteer packet from Miami Dade County. Pre-selected AIRs must agree to comply with all rules and regulations for Miami-Dade County Volunteers, including:

  • Signing an affidavit
  • Waiver
  • Permit to conduct business
  • Background check
  • Fingerprinting form
  • Comply with application and Artist-in-Residence contract and site rules.
  • Artists must also have a clear objective for the time of their Residency and be willing to work in a dynamic environment that encourages public interaction and interaction with other artists.
Why do we offer an Artist in Residence Program?

Consistent with Charles Deering’s vision, our Artist-in-Residence Program offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic discipline and elevate their practice by creating a body of work, connecting with other artists, and engaging the public while interacting with the historical, architectural, and intellectual, archeological, and natural elements of the Estate’s inspiring environment.

The Deering Estate Artist-in-Residence Program was established in September 2006. Since then, we have welcomed select artists into the program to create inspired visual, performing, and literary works of art and interact with our Estate visitors.

All artists generally access the Estate and the studios from 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Additional arrangements can be made when access is required at other times. When the park is deemed closed due to hurricane precautions, artists may not be on-site.

Overnight stays are NOT permitted. Living accommodations, rent for housing, materials, food, transportation of people or artworks, or other financial support is the responsibility of artists.

Non-local, traveling, out-of-state, and international artists can apply and participate in our non-studio or studio residencies. However, they must find their local accommodations, transportation, and funding.

On-site Artists-in-Residence supplies their tools, materials, and anything necessary to complete their artworks. Once accepted, schedule a consultation with the Artist-in-Residence program director to address specific recommendations and needs.

Please contact Lili Dominguez at [email protected]

The Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) Handbook PDF can be viewed here. We appreciate your interest in the Deering Estate’s Artist-in-Residence Program.