residency opportunity @ Red Star Studios

Red Star Studios continues to host national and international artists through its Artist in Residence program. A residency provides ceramic artists the opportunity to expand their body of work or create a special project that may be outside the scope of their routine studio practice. The residency program gives driven, self-directed artists opportunities for rigorous professional development and enhanced self-sufficiency practices. Within the Red Star community, resident artists engage in constructive dialogue and immerse themselves in their work. Residents foster the development of the studio’s creative environment and create outreach opportunities within the local community. Outreach opportunities include teaching classes or workshops, giving public presentations, and critiques. Through community involvement, residents create educational opportunities for the appreciation and critical understanding of ceramics, thus employing and evolving Red Star Studios as an innovative, artistic resource.

We will begin accepting applications for our Artist in Residence program in January, for residencies beginning in August/September.

redstarstudios.org/programs.html

How to apply:

Please select one of these options to submit the required items, by April 15. Digital submissions should arrive by 11:59pm CST and mailed packages should be postmarked April 15.

Fellowship Resident applications can be submitted at any time, but the submission must occur at least 6 months before the proposed start date.

  • Via Google Drive
    Create a new folder and label it with which residency you are applying for and your first and last name. Ex: Foundation_John_Doe. After uploading all of the documents into one folder, please share it with tfrank@redstarstudios.org
  • Via DropBox
    Create a new folder and label it with which residency you are applying for and your first and last name. Ex: Foundation_John_Doe. After uploading all of the documents into one folder, please share it with  tfrank@redstarstudios.org
  • Via Snail Mail
    In a single package, send printed materials and CD of images to:
    Red Star Studios
    Attn: Artist in Residence Committee
    2011 Tracy Ave
    Kansas City, MO 64108

The following residency opportunities are currently offered:

Foundation Resident

This residency program is open to artists looking to further their artistic and professional careers and gain experience in a working studio environment. In addition to artistic development, residents will learn about the operation of a large studio by contributing to the studio’s daily maintenance. Responsibilities may include mixing glazes, firing kilns, and ensuring the studio is kept neat and orderly. This residency is ideal for artists who have recently completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees, who thrive in a shared, communal studio environment, and are preparing for the next step in their professional pursuits.

Term: • 1-year, with one 6 to 12 month renewal option.
Requirements: • Recently completed undergraduate or graduate degree
• Submission of the following items:
– Completed application form
– CV and Artist Statement
– Letter of intent outlining why you selected Red Star Studios, a specific project to be completed during the Residency period and what you hope to gain from being a Foundation Resident.
– 15-20 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
– Image list that corresponds with the digital images
– Two Letters of Reference (which can be mailed separately)
Responsibilities: • Contribute to the maintenance and productivity of the studio environment, including assisting with firings, cleaning and/or other up-keep;
• Instruct and advise of studio members;
• Participate in studio-sustaining activities through design, production or education.
• Donate a small work to the Red Star Studios collection.
Benefits: • Shared studio space
• Discounts on supplies from Crane Yard Clay
• Discounted firings
• Mentoring in the operation of a working clay studio
• An exhibition at the end of the residency term
• Opportunities to participate in the development of the following:
– Production/Distribution of designs
– Production/Distribution of designs
– Catalog Creation
– Essays
– Exhibitions

Career Resident

This residency is reserved for artists with five years of professional experience. The artist who is ready to establish a solid foundation for the continuation of their work and help Red Star realize its greater vision for the arts, will excel in this position. In addition to supporting residents in the development of their body of work, Red Star provides support in special projects such as publications, product development, or curatorial endeavors. The long-term resident has access to a small private studio.

Term: • 2-3 years, with annual reviews and renewal options.
Requirements: • Working as a professional artist for at least 5 years
• Submission of the following items:
– Completed application form
– CV and Artist statement
– Letter of intent outlining why you selected Red Star Studios, a specific project to be completed during the Residency period and how you would contribute to Red Star and its mission.
– Three professional references, with current contact information
– 15-20 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
– Image list
Responsibilities: • Responsibilities may include one or all of the following:
– Periodic teaching
– Mentoring and critiquing fellow residents and studio members
– Contribute to the sustainability of Red Star Studios. This may include through an exhibition of work, product development, and studio sales.
– Donate a small work to the Red Star Studios collection.
Benefits: • Waived private studio rental fees
• Discounts on supplies at Crane Yard Clay
• Discounted firings

Fellowship Resident

This residency is for mid-career artists looking for opportunities for professional development in their body of work, or in areas such as technical research and conceptual exploration. Ideal for faculty on sabbatical or professionals looking for a new perspective, this residency offers a brief but focused incubation in a community studio environment.

Term: • 1 to 6 months
Requirements: • Five years of experience as a professional artist
• Submission of the following items:
– Completed application form
– Personal Statement
– CV and Artist Statement
– 10-15 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
– Image list that corresponds with the digital images
– Written proposal with clearly articulated goals for the Residency period
Responsibilities: • Donate a piece to the Red Star Studios Collection;
• Community interaction through at least one of the following:
– Slideshow
– Workshop
– Mentoring
– Artist critiques
Benefits: • Large Semi-Private Studio space
• Discounted Materials and Firings
• Exhibition Opportunity
• Furnished Housing during the residency term.

call for emerging artists: The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant

The Jerome Foundation has supported emerging ceramic artists from Minnesota since 1990. The Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program supports Minnesota ceramic artists at relatively early stages in their careers, as they accomplish short-term, specific objectives. The program will provide three grants of $6,000 each in 2018 for projects to take place between April 1 and December 31, 2018.

Projects may include, but are not limited to: experimenting with new techniques and materials; working or studying with a mentor; purchasing equipment to facilitate an aesthetic or technical investigation; providing studio time, studio rental, supplies, technical support; collaborations between ceramic artists and artists working in other media; education or exhibition opportunities; and travel.

An exhibition of work produced during the grant period will take place at Northern Clay Center at the conclusion of the grant. Additionally, recipients will provide a brief image talk about their work in conjunction with the exhibition

The Jerome Foundation in St. Paul, MN, has supported the Ceramic Artist Project Grant program for over 25 years. The Foundation supports emerging professional artists who are the principal creators of new work, and:

  • who take risks and embrace challenges;
  • whose developing voices reveal significant potential;
  • who are rigorous in their approach to creation and production;
  • who have some evidence of professional achievement but not a substantial record of accomplishment; and
  • who are not recognized as established artists by other artists, curators, producers, critics, and arts administrators.

Eligibility

Eligibility is restricted to clay artists who have completed all formal academic training by the start of the grant period (April 1, 2018), who are not enrolled either full- or part-time in degree-granting institutions (including BA, MFA, and teaching certification programs), who are not employed full-time as ceramics teachers at the college level, and who meet residency requirements. Applicants are NOT required to have a degree. The project grants require at least six months of residency in Minnesota prior to the application deadline.

Please note: a college degree is NOT required to apply for this or any NCC award. We encourage applicants who would like to make clay and creativity a continuing part of their lives, even if they do not or have not pursued it in a post-secondary institutional setting.

Previous recipients of the NCC-distributed Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant are required to wait three years before applying again. (A 2017 award recipient cannot apply again until the 2020 Project Grant cycle.)

Schedule and Application Process

Applications for the 2018 Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant program must be received by 5 pm on Friday, February 16, 2018.

ATTENTION!   The online system will not accept any applications beyond 5 pm, nor will incomplete applications be accepted. In addition, hard copy applications, which can be downloaded here, must be received by 5 pm. Application materials will be reviewed by a three-member panel, which will select the recipients on the basis of perceived merit. Funding will be extended to three projects, at $6,000 each. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of the selection process in late March of 2018. Projects must be started and completed between April 1 and December 31, 2018.

For more information, contact Jill Foote-Hutton at jillfootehutton@northernclaycenter.org.

More details online here.