Artists in Residence

exterior view of the artists in resident studio located at the carriage house

The Deering Estate seeks to continue Charles Deering’s legacy of art patronage by supporting artists who work in a multitude of disciplines and media. Artist-in-Residence recipients receive studio space or are given project-based opportunities through a competitive application process where they can pursue personal artistic projects in the visual, literary, performing, and cross-disciplinary arts.

Consistent with founder Charles Deering’s own vision, the Deering Estate Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) 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 historic, architectural, intellectual, archeological, and natural elements of the Estate’s inspiring environment. Since 2006, we have welcomed over 70 shared and collaborative residencies representing a broad scope of contemporary and traditional artistic practices.

There are two types of residencies available to Visual, Literary, Performing, and Cross-disciplinary artists: 1. On-site studio Artist-in-Residence and 2. Non-studio project-based Artist-in-Residence (refer to section II below for detailed information on the two residencies).

I.  APPLICATION INFORMATION 2022-2023

Required Application Documents

Resume: Provide a one-to-two-page resume or CV including contact information, website, education and 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, possibly including 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/or artistic discipline will help fulfill the cultural vision of Charles Deering.
  • If applying for an On-site studio Artist-in-Residency, describe the concept or provide a description of 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.
  • For a Non-studio project-based 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. Documentation of work can be represented through any combination of still image, sound and video, manuscript, writing samples, or project statement for a maximum of ten samples.

  • Still Images: JPG files with the longest side of image at a maximum of 1920 pixels per inch (ppi). The jpg file should not exceed 2 megabytes (MB) in total file weight.

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

Files should be named with last name, then period, then 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.
    • 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, and 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, 2022

For more information: go to the FAQs below on section III or contact: Lili Dominguez (305) 235-1668, option 7, or email [email protected]

 Where are we located?

The Artist-in-Residence Program is located at the Deering Estate, a Miami-Dade County Park, Recreation and Open Space facility located in South Florida, U.S.A., a nature preserve with 8 endemic eco-systems, and a historic site with 2 house museums listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • The site sits on over 450 acres located directly on the Biscayne Bay.
  • Address: 16701 SW 72 Ave. Miami Florida, 33157 – Near the intersection of 168th Street and Old Cutler Road in the Palmetto Bay neighborhood.

II. What types of residencies do we offer?

Two types of residencies are available to Visual, Literary, Performing, and Cross-disciplinary artists as part of the Artist-in-Residence program: On-site studio Artist-in-Residence and Non-studio, project-based Artist-in-Residence.

  • We offer both an on-site studio Artist-in-Residence and non-studio project Artist-in-Residence; please read FAQ in section III in its entirety for extended information.
  • We offer visual, literary, performing, and cross-disciplinary arts Artist-in-Residence with private and shared work areas that last from two months to twelve months, depending on residency type and award determination.
  • The on-site studio Artist-in-Residence is day-only, work-space residencies and do not allow overnight stays.

Eligibility and Process:

A)   On-site studio Artist-in-Residence

  • Open to all professional artists ages 18 and older.
  • Please specify visual, performing, or literary arts. If cross-disciplinary, please explain in your application’s letter of intent.
  • Artists are selected through a jury process using leading professionals from our family of galleries, collaborative arts, and cultural organizations.
  • Application deadline is August 31, 2022.
  • Residency lengths vary from two months 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 must devote a minimum of 30 hours per week to their artistic discipline or specific body of work on-site to be considered.
  • 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.

B)  Non-studio project-based Artist-in-Residence.

  • Faculty, students, and other professionals are encouraged to apply for project residencies as they offer more flexibility with time commitments and access to resources while permanent studio space is not provided.
  • Please specify visual, performing, or literary arts. If cross-disciplinary, please explain in your application’s letter of intent.
  • Indicate temporary access to classroom, theater, or other occasional space requests. Artists applying to non-studio project residency should have personal 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
  • Application deadline is August 31, 2022
  • 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.
  • Results of project residencies can be scheduled as readings, workshops, online exhibits, or performances onsite in coordination with educational and interpretive staff as part of the special events calendar.
  • Applications should outline specific goals for interaction with the Estate and are not intended to be exhibition proposals.
  • The project-based residency requires a proposal correlated to Charles Deering’s artistic vision and has many possibilities in form, content, and result. A site visit including participation in tours and personal research is recommended prior to writing proposal.

NON-LOCAL APPLICANTS – Non-local, traveling, out-of- state, and international artists are welcome to apply and participate in either our project or studio residencies but must find their own local accommodations, transport, and funding for supplies and expenses.

All artists 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, and fingerprinting form.
  • Comply with application and Artist-in-Residence contract and site rules.
  • Have or find their own living accommodations, transportation, supplies, furnishings, and funding.
Application

III. Frequently asked questions (FAQs).

How does the selection process work?

  • You must first fill out a formal application and submit it with all supporting materials to be considered by our Exhibits and Collections Advisory Committee and be sent to the Jury. Artist-in-Residence recipients are selected through a juried process utilizing leading professionals from our family of galleries, collaborative arts and cultural organizations.
  • The primary basis for selection is the quality of the applicants’ work and the explicit alignment with Charles Deering’s vision to pursue innovative projects and studio work, connect with other artists and engage the public, while interacting with the historic, architectural, intellectual, archeological, and natural elements of the Estate’s inspiring environment. 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.
  • Meeting the deadline of August 31, 2022 is highly recommended.
  • Notifications are sent via email and accepted artists are contacted by phone.
  • The selection process is not complete unless an Artist-in-Residence agreement has been completed and all terms of the Residency have been accepted.

Are there related costs?

  • Artists in Residence (both studio and project based) are granted access to the Estate and designated studio, and no rental or utility usage fees are assessed.
  • Cash stipends, honorariums, or scholarships are not offered by the Estate as part of the Artist-in-Residence program.
  • Artists are responsible for supplying their own tools, materials, and anything necessary to complete their artworks.
  • Living accommodations, rent, financial support, transportation of people or artworks, and food costs are the responsibility of the artists.
  • Artist-in-Residence, for both on-site studio and project-based residencies, are considered volunteers by Deering Estate and Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces department.

What are the responsibilities of the Residency?

  • All artists agree to devote no less than 30 hours per week to their artistic discipline or specific body of work on-site (for studio residency) or off-site (for project-based residency).
  • As part of their residency, on-site studio artists must collaboratively schedule their presence to allow for visitor access to studios during special events, daily opening hours, and as per the request of the Cultural Arts department (written notice of these dates are given to accepted artists annually). Regular Deering Estate hours are 10 am to 4 pm (with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas).
  • On-site studio artists are encouraged to interact with the public during their regular studio hours, whenever possible.
  • All artists are invited to participate and attend various special events that are held on the Estate and actively participate in our on-site or outreach educational programs that cater to all ages, abilities, and interests.
  • All artists contribute 10% of any art sales transacted during their residency back to the Estate (Deering Estate Foundation) as per Art on Loan agreement.
  • All artists may donate at least one completed work that is representative of their style and stay at the Estate to our exhibit program through the Deering Estate Foundation Collection (to be discussed on a case-by-case basis with program director).
  • All artists are required to submit a written Project Documentation report at the program’s conclusion to support the Deering Estate’s funding efforts. Images or other media should accompany written report.

What are our facilities like?

  • On-site studio Artist-in-Residence recipients receive studio space either shared or private according to their residency application preference. Each studio has electricity, air conditioning, and a bathroom including a sink and a shower.
  • All Artist-in-Residence recipients have access to resources such as: air-conditioned shared classroom space, outdoor screened enclosures, outdoor work areas, exhibit room, theatre, historic library, historic houses, eight distinct habitats in our protected natural areas, Naturalists, Educational staff, and on-site security. Indoor and outdoor water sources, electricity, and restrooms are readily available.

Are there additional considerations?

  • Since the Deering Estate’s historic structures and natural environments cannot be altered, all Artist-in-Residence recipients should consider and consult with the Cultural Arts department the materials, placement, staging, performing, and removal of artworks through historic doorways and on protected grounds.
  • No staking or affixing works to plants, trees, or historic structures.
  • No drilling of walls, ceilings, or structures to hang work. The use of existing hanging rails are available in most spaces.
  • All Artist-in-Residence recipients must have an ability to work within a natural environment and adjust to the historic preservation parameters as indicated by park staff at all times.
  • 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.

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 historic, architectural, intellectual, archeological, and natural elements of the Estate’s inspiring environment.

How long have we offered residencies?

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.

What hours can I access the studio or grounds?

All artists generally access the Estate and the studios from 7 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week, with the exception of 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 onsite.

Can I live at the studio or stay overnight?

No, overnight stays are not permitted due to county, site, and insurance regulations. Living accommodations, rent for housing, materials, food, transportation of people or artworks, or other financial support is the responsibility of artists.

Can I participate if I do not live in the area?

Yes, non-local, traveling, out-of- state, and international artists are welcome to apply and participate in either our project or studio residencies but must find their own local accommodations, transport, and funding.

What should I bring if accepted?

On-site Artists-in-Residence are responsible for supplying their own tools, materials and anything necessary to complete their artworks. Once accepted, feel free to schedule a consultation with the Artist-in-Residence program director to address specific recommendations and needs.

What are the benefits of this Artist-in-Residence Program?

As evident from our Artist in Residence Alumni, the Deering Estate Artist-in-Residence Program has been a catalyst for artistic practice and recognition including additional residencies, national and local grants, gallery representation, collection acquisitions, publishing, and community engagement.

  • All Artist-in-Residence (AIR) awardees are granted access to the Estate from 7 am to 7 pm, and no rental or utility usage fees are assessed.
  • On-site studio AIRs are granted access to their designated studios from 7 am to 7 pm also, and no rental or utility usage fees are assessed. This estimated value of up to $1000.00 per month in studio costs is dependent upon maintaining the responsibilities listed in the Artist-in-Residence Agreement.
  • The Artist-in-Residence Program offers the opportunity for professional artists to pursue their artistic discipline, create a body of work, connect with other artists and engage the public, while interacting with the historic, archaeological and natural elements of the Estate’s inspiring environment.
  • Other benefits include access to archives, Education and Interpretive staff, and possible partnership opportunities for grants.
  • Promotion is provided through our Artist-in-Residence webpage, ongoing press releases, and listings in our quarterly calendars.
  • AIRs are given the opportunity to showcase their work during the thematic Deering Spring Contemporary and Alumni exhibitions per invitation.
  • Art Exhibitions are an integral part of many other events and programs.
  • Exhibition online catalogues of these exhibits are posted and archived on the www.deeringestate.org website and https://newsstand.joomag.com/en/deering-estate- arts Deering Estate Arts Magazine.

 

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Please contact Lili Dominguez
[email protected]
The Deering Estate, 16701 SW 72 Ave., Miami, FL 33157

Drop in or unscheduled visits are highly discouraged. All efforts will be made to answer emails in a timely manner.

Thank You For your interest in Deering Estate’s Artist-in-Residence Program.

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