One way artists find support for their practice is through residency programs offered throughout the world, and the application process for some can seem overwhelming. For the last six years, hundreds of applications from artists all around the world hoping to be selected to our program have passed through my hands. From the well presented to the ones that lack organization and content, I’ve learned some tips along the way that may help you begin our application process.
• Read the directions. I know it sounds simple, but applicants should have a clear understanding of what to submit to make sure they are submitting the correct thing. If you’re not sure, I am here to help. Feel free to contact me at 704-944-8216 or email@example.com.
• Complete each form, in full. Don’t let your incomplete application have an adverse effect on your application; each question is included for a reason!
• Bigger is not always better. Extensive and repetitive proposals or artists statements can be confusing for the panel; keep it clear and concise.
• Image quality. Your images are the first thing the panel views, long before the resume or the artist statement. Take the time to properly document your images or better yet, hire a professional photographer to do it for you. This is the best way to catch the panel’s eye!
• Present a consistent body of work. Artists are encouraged to submit images that represent one strong, consistent, and complete body of work, as opposed to submitting different images from different bodies of work.
• Look ahead. Applications should demonstrate your focus, intentions, and articulate the direction of your work.
• Keep community in mind*. The Center is dedicated to making an impact beyond the building and in the community; applicants should give this part of the application just as much thought as their artist statement and image documentation.
• Don’t get discouraged. If you are not accepted, we are happy to provide feedback about your application. We have many artists that apply more than two or three times before they get accepted!
Claudia Gonzalez Griffin
Residency and Exhibition Manager
* Community engagement is a key component to McColl Center for Visual Art’s mission. We believe that the outreach experience can be a meaningful experience for the artist and a transforming experience for the public. A successful application will include a proposal for a community outreach that clearly articulates how the artist can engage with the community with during their term and beyond the time in their studio. Click here to see some examples of how our past residents have participated with the community.