Thursday, March 26, 2009

Professional Practices; Residency Assignment

The Hambridge Artist Residency Program is located in Rabun Gap, Georgia. The facility sits on 600 secluded acres in the North Georgia Mountains. Located in these 600 acres are an over abundance of mammals, reptiles, fungi, fish, plants, and trees including over 400 species of these that cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. Residencies last for between 2 to 8 weeks, depending on what's been awarded, and take place from May to August, September to November, or February to April. The program has 9 artists max at any one time, including all fine art forms but also writers, musicians, and performers.

Each artist is provided with their own private cottage studio space which includes a bathroom and kitchen. The only provided meal is a vegetarian dinner served Tuesday through Friday.

Residents pay
$150 for every wee
k that they're there out of the $1250 a week cost. Scholarships are available but they are limited.

The application process includes completing the application form, a one page proposal, a one page summary of professional arts, a 300 word bio, and names and contacts for three references.

Also, 10 examples of word needs to be presented in CD or DVD form and 3 copies need to be provided. There is also a $30 application fee. The work is juried by a peer review panel and the applicant usually receives notification within 6 to 8 weeks.

What draws me most to this program is the strong connection and influence I would have from the surrounding nature but also the seclusion from the outside world. You are forced to have good, solid alone time with yourself and your work in this residency. That intimidates me to think about, however that intimidation also excites me because I know it's what I need and what will help me grow the most as an artist.

Yea so I've pretty much fallen in love with this residency.  Definitely going to be the first one I apply to as soon as Im ready.

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