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Purchase College Artist in Residence

Call for applications for a new Artist-in-Resident program at Purchase College, State University of New York

Purchase College is pleased to solicit applications for the 2016 Emerging Artist in Residence Program in the School of the Arts. This residency will be take part during the entire 2016 Spring semester. The Resident Artist will be expected to create work and interact with the academic community throughout the semester. A residency situated within an academic community provides a unique opportunity to work within a larger supportive environment and to acquire feedback from a variety of professional voices.

This new Artist in Residence program is supported by the Emily and Harold E. Valentine and Evelyn Gable Clark Scholarship Fund through the Westchester Community Foundation. 

Emerging artists who are Westchester residents and/or recent Purchase College alumni (BA, BFA, BS, MFA in all majors) that graduated between 2005-2015.

We define “artist residencies” in a broad sense to reflect a changing field and encourage interdisciplinary work. In this pilot year a resident can work within one or more research facilities within the School of the Arts:

-Print media (silkscreen, lithography, etching, woodblock, letterpress)
-Sculpture and material practice (wood, metal, digital fabrication)
-Community engagement and social practice (specifically through Purchase College’s new community incubator space, PC4 – Purchase College Center for Community and Culture).

This opportunity will support an emerging artist in the creation of a new body of professional work and its presentation to a greater public. While in residence, the artist will interface with students and faculty through lectures and studio visits, deepening their own professional practice and enriching the Purchase College academic community. Resident Artists will also interact with the local community through public programming that they design.

-During the residency the Resident Artist will document their work, produce a performance, exhibition or presentation for the public, and provide a closing testimonial outlining their accomplishments and challenges during the residency.

-The Resident Artist will interact with students, share critiques and conduct workshops to provide students with opportunities to enrich their education. 

-Artist Stipend, $9,000 to assist with materials, supplies and other expenses (this includes lab materials, materials affiliated with production)

-Lab/Studio Space and facility access, as appropriate to the selected artist’s practice and proposal

-Final performance, exhibition or presentation for the public in the college’s lecture halls and/or in the community gallery space in Yonkers

Please submit the following information for consideration:
1) Name, address, contact information (phone, email, address)
2) A CV and short bio with exhibition record
3) Website (optional)
4) Statement of Intent outlining current and future practice, research interests, and a proposal of how your residency will engage the various publics affiliated with the college
5) Portfolio of Work (15-20 images), please save as PDF file with images consolidated in one file (under 5 MB) max. Portfolio may also be links to webpages. 

Criteria for review:
We are looking for artists that can supplement the academic programs in the School of the Arts as well as benefit from this experience. We hope this application can serve as a catalyst for the resident allowing she/he to build a new body of work. We are looking at projects that are ambitious, have artistic merit, and are feasible and actionable based on the artist’s previous experience.

Please send all documents by Monday 2/8 to [email protected]. Notification of final candidate will occur in mid February.

About Purchase College
Founded on the principle that artists and scholars are indispensable to each other and to an enlightened society, Purchase College combines professional conservatory programs in the visual and performing arts and distinguished programs in the liberal arts and sciences. Located 25 miles north of Manhattan in Westchester County, the campus celebrates individuality, diversity, and creativity as we encourage students to “Think Wide Open.” At Purchase College, the arts play a special role—liberal education infuses the arts and the arts infuse the campus. Purchase College is part of the State University of New York system.www.purchase.edu

If you have any questions please contact the Director of the School of Art+Design, Steven Lam at 914.251.6754. 


Is Project Ongoing? yes
Deadline 2/8/2016
Contact Name Steven Lam
Contact Email [email protected]
Website http://www.purchase.edu/Departments/AcademicPrograms/arts/