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Visual Artist Residency Program

Residencies to USA, Canada, and International Artists
for Studio Space and Professional Support in Boston

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Foundation / Corporation

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Boston Center for the Arts (BCA)

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Deadline Date:

02/19/19 11:00 PM


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Residencies of $1,500 and $2,000 to USA, Canada, and International individual artists to provide studio space in Boston’s historic South End neighborhood, as well as creative and professional support. The residencies are intended to develop the artists' focus on public engagement and dialogue.

Jurors will select one Summer 2019 Public Visual Artist Resident and two Visual Artist Residents, two to be on campus in fall 2019 and the other during the early months of 2020. The Summer Public Visual Artist Resident will be awarded additional assistance towards the realization of a temporary public artwork to be installed, or otherwise activated on the BCA’s public plaza during summer and early fall 2019.

The Visual Art Residency is open to applicants whose work takes a broad range of forms, encouraging applicants with dance and movement-based practices, theatre and writing-based practices, and artists engaged in installation, sound, or other innovative media. A key element of any application will be the connection the artist is interested in exploring between the germination and development of a rich creative idea and its active life connecting with the community outside the artist’s studio.

Visual Artist Residents will be selected based on:
- Excellence of proposed projects and public engagement ideas
- Quality of past work based on submitted work samples
- Career history from narrative biography and resume

In addition, artists being considered for the Summer Public Artist Residency will be evaluated on the basis of their proposals’ demonstration of ability to:
- Create a unique, site-specific artwork in any medium (sculpture, installation, mural, video, performance, etc.) that will enliven the BCA Plaza/public space, bringing a unique and valuable experience to our neighborhood
- Promote curiosity, interaction and dialogue among the diverse members of our community
- Engage in an on-site artistic process
- Create temporary public artwork that is safe and easily maintained for the duration of the installation period

BCA’s Visual Artist Residency Program puts special emphasis on supporting projects that involve direct engagement with the community, whether through collaborative activities, participatory public installations, performance, intervention or other imaginative activation. Preference is given to proposed projects that have public interaction and participation as significant elements. Although projects need not result in a physical art object or installation, proposals that do contemplate installation of temporary public art on the BCA Public Plaza are welcomed and will be considered for the Summer 2019 Public Visual Artist Residency.

For details on the program benefits and project logistics, see the online application form in Contact Information below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155283

Number of Grants:

3; one Summer 2019 Public Visual Artist Resident and two Visual Artist Residents

Estimated Size of Grant:

One selected Summer Public Visual Artist Resident receives a $2,000 honorarium, paid out as follows: $500 will be issued at the beginning of the residency, $1,000 will be issued later, and the final $500 will be released contingent upon the program’s completion unless an alternate agreement is made between the artist and the BCA. In addition, the Summer Public Visual Artist Resident may receive up to $4,000 in reimbursements for expenses incurred for logistics, materials and supplies required to implement project.

Two selected Visual Artist Residents each receive a $1,500 honorarium, paid out as follows: $1,000 will be issued at the beginning of the residency, and $500 to be paid contingent upon the program’s completion unless an alternate agreement is made between the artist and the BCA. In addition to the honorarium, artists will be reimbursed up to $1,000 for expenses incurred in the course of realizing the project.

Term of Contract:

Residency Dates:

- Artist Residency #1/Summer Public Artist Residency*: Monday June 3—Friday, August 23, 2019 *This residency also requires selected artist’s collaboration with BCA Visual Arts team in Boston Art Commission application process during period April 8-26, 2019.
- Artist Residency #2: Monday, September 9—Friday, December 20, 2019
- Artist Residency #3: Monday, January 27—Friday, May 8, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

International artists are invited to apply; however, all artists are responsible for their own visa, travel, living and housing expenses.

Artists who have been awarded a BCA Artist Residency in the past must wait three years before applying again.

This is a work-only studio, no living space is provided with the BCA Visual Artist Residency Program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

CA will be hosting two Visual Artist Residency program Q&A sessions in the Mills Gallery during the open call period on the following dates:

Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm
Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 3-4pm

Pre-Application Information:

- Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 11:00 PM
- Notification: Friday, March 29, 2019

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Randi Hopkins, Director of Visual Arts

Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.