8 New Artist + Writer Residencies to apply for in British Columbia, Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire + Texas

Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver, British Columbia
Tinhorn Creek Vineyards, Oliver, British Columbia

California, Texas + British Columbia: Writing Between the Vines hosts Vineyard Retreats for Writers. 2015 residency dates and winery locations are:

Inman Family Wines, Sonoma, California – February 22 – 28
Moshin Vineyards, Sonoma, California – February 23-26 + March 23-26
The Madrones, Mendocino, California – February 22-27
Messina Hof, Fredericksburg, Texas – March 1-7
Tinhorn Creek, Oliver, British Columbia, Canada – February 1-7

No residency fees, all housing costs are covered. All other costs associated with participating in the retreat, such as transportation, meals, and personal expenses, are the sole responsibility of the applicant. To apply for a co-residency, writers must each submit their own application and check co-residency on application form, then fill in names of collaborator or co-applicants. $25 application fee; applications for Winter 2015 retreats must be received by December 5, 2014.

Boston, Massachusetts: Open call from The Writers’ Room of Boston for the Emerging Writers Fellowship Program, which offers a free 12-month membership to four emerging local writers who need financial support to obtain a quiet place to develop their work. Fellowship recipients enjoy 24-hour access to a beautiful light-filled work space in downtown Boston and the opportunity to be part of an engaged community of serious writers. Awards for the Emerging Writer Fellowship Program are based upon the quality of a submitted writing sample, a project description, a CV or resume, and a statement of need. The Fellowships are open to writers working in any genre or form. Fellows must be committed to using the Room on a regular basis throughout the 12-month period. Applications for Fellowships are due on December 31, 2014. Applications for regular membership are open all year.

Strafford, New Hampshire: Beam Camp, the summer camp for the fine + manual arts, technology + collaboration, announces its annual international search to find 2015 Beam Projects. The large-scale collaborative projects are realized by Beam campers, aged 10-17, and staff at the camp’s 106-acre facility. Engineers, Architects, Designers, Sculptors, Builders, Agriculturists, Videographers, Technologists, Artists + Makers of all kinds welcome to submit. Projects are budgeted at $12,500. Winning designers receive a $3,000 honorarium, travel costs + visit to the camp during the project’s production, from July 2-July 26 + July 30-August 23, 2015. Free to submit; proposals due by January 18, 2015.

Gilman, Illinois: ‘Writers in the Heartland’ offers no-cost writing residences in September + October for up to five writers at a time, working in a wide variety of creative forms, including short story, novel, drama, screenplay, poetry, essay and memoirs. Residency on 32 acres of woods and farmland for hiking, running and meditation. Writers are housed in The Writers Building that contains five private bedrooms and two baths, kitchen and conference room. Three meals a day (mostly vegetarian) are provided in the main dining room, although writers may prefer to take food back to their rooms. With the exception of mealtimes, the residency enforces a non-communication policy up to six o’clock p.m. to allow writers the necessary privacy to concentrate on their work. Ongoing submissions; $20 application fee.

Tucson, Arizona: The Arizona Poetry Center will award one residency each summer for a poet to spend two weeks developing his/her work. Writers at any stage of their careers may apply; emerging writers are welcome. The residency includes a $500 stipend and a two-week stay in a studio apartment located within steps of the Center’s renowned library of contemporary poetry. $15 application fee; submit by December 15, 2014.

Omaha, Nebraska: 3 Artist Residencies offered at Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, recognized by Art Info as one of the “top 10 residencies around the globe” by ArtInfo:

  • Carver Bank Artist-in-Residence Program | February 17, 2015 – August 17, 2015: Opened in late March 2013, Carver Bank is a partnership between the Bemis Center, Rebuild Foundation, and Theater Gates, the Chicago-based artist, cultural planner and performer. The Bemis Center supports Carver Bank residents by providing a critical boost to artists who demonstrate a prior commitment to their professional careers. During the six-month residency, the Carver Bank Artist-in-Residence Program provides a dedicated studio space and a $500 monthly stipend, as well as an additional $250 monthly expense allowance that can be used to defray material and professional development expenses. The opportunity is specifically for artists who demonstrate a connection to Omaha’s Near North Side neighborhood, and is open to all types of artists or collaboratives—with an emphasis on artists of color, North Omaha residents, and those whose work critically engages issues of race and ethnicity. Free to apply; deadline: December 31, 2014
  • Old Market Artist-in-Residence Program 2015: The Future of Food Production & Consumption | September 9-December 9, 2015: A residency will a thematic focus for the first time: the future of food production & consumption. Contemporary artists from all backgrounds and areas of practice are encouraged to apply. Applicants should demonstrate an interest in the research, development, or execution of work that explores the role of food broadly understood, including, but not limited to: farming, urban agriculture, the relationship of food to our bodies, food justice, food as culture, the nexus between food and environment, bio-engineering and other technological interventions in the food cycle. Through this call the Bemis Center hopes to construct a cohort of artists interested in exploring cultural, environmental, and scientific aspects of growing, cooking, eating and sharing food. In addition to juried artists, the Bemis has invited leaders in the field to join the cohort in order to pursue their own practices and/or to lead workshops, seminars and other public programs that address this ideas: Shu Lea Cheang (Paris) who constructs networked installations and multi-player performances in a collective mode, often involving food; Claire Pentacost (Chicago) whose projects often address the contested boundary between the natural and the artificial, focusing in recent years on food, agriculture and bio-engineering; Fallen Fruit (Los Angeles), a collective that develops public performances and site specific installations, using fruit as shared language through which to explore the margins of urban space, systems of community and narrative real-time experience; Mel Ziegler (Nashville), who is developing a model for addressing critical environmental issues in western Nebraska through dialogue between artists and the farmers and ranchers of the Sandhills area; FoAM (Brussels), whose speculative research explores and prototypes possible futures of food while remaining rooted in existing cultural traditions. Resident artists will receive a monthly $1,000 stipend. $40 application fee; deadline: December 31, 2014
  • Old Market Artist-in-Residence Program 2016: Contemporary Art (and Parenthood) | January 13 – March 2, 2016: The contemporary art world rarely acknowledges the impact that parenthood has on artistic work, or makes provision to support artists who also have obligations to meet as parents. For this cycle, the Bemis invites contemporary artists who are parents to apply, regardless of the specific focus or nature of their artistic practice. During Contemporary Art (and Parenthood), the Bemis will alter its visitation policies so that children (and spouses or partners who share in parenting responsibilities) may stay with the resident artist in her or his studio for the entire six week residency, or any portion thereof. Each resident artist will be provided with private living space for themselves and their families as well as separate workspace on the Bemis main campus. The Bemis will provide on-site child care as mutually agreed during this residency cycle. Residents also receive a $1,000 monthly stipend to help with materials, supplies, and living expenses while in residency. $40 application fee; deadline: December 31, 2014

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