An artist residency can play an important role in an artist’s development. They come in all shapes and sizes, lasting from a week to a whole summer, happening in a national park or on a ship, and they even take place virtually. The well known residencies, such as Yaddo, Skowhegan, and MacDowell, can make a huge difference in an artist’s career, and are for artists who already have a strong track record of accomplishments. But there are still many good programs available if you’re not quite at that stage.
If you are considering a residency program, first think about what you need. If your goal is interaction and stimulation, consider programs that bring together visual artists, writers, musicians and other creatives. If you need time to yourself without too much distraction, look for programs with private studios and living spaces. If your art is inspired by the land and nature, consider applying for a residency based in the National Parks.
You’ll need to plan ahead. Most programs require you to apply a year in advance. Some residencies provide funding but others require payment, so look for those that fit your circumstances. There are two good sites that give an overview of the programs available: artistcommunities.org and resartis.org.
The latest entry to the list is the World of Co, a lively and innovative online international residency from Bulgaria. Designed for the increasingly important virtual art world, this online program can fit the needs of artists who aren’t able to go away for weeks at a time but still seek stimulation and interaction with other artists. World of Co provides critiques, helps artists build networks, and ends with an online exhibition.
Take a look at all the options to see what’s right for you!
Mary Edwards, Ph.D
Career & Life Coach for Artists
“Left Brain Skills for Right Brained People”
As an artist coach, I bring a unique combination of business knowledge, art world experience, and professional coaching skill to my practice.