Applications for the 2015 Artist Studio Program opens October 7, 2014.
The application process is now closed.
The 2015 Studio Program will be housed on the lower level of Smack Mellon’s building at 92 Plymouth Street. The residency will take place from June 1, 2015 - May 15, 2016.
Smack Mellon offers free studio space to eligible artists for an eleven-month period. The program provides 6 artists working in all visual arts media a free private studio space and a $5000 fellowship (dependent upon funding). The program does not provide living space. Artists also have access to shared facilities that include: a state-of-the-art digital production lab, including a set of 27" iMac workstations professionally configured for video and graphics editing, calibrated video monitors, a 3D-capable HD projector, surround-sound monitor speakers, flatbed scanners, a wide-format photo printer, a color laser printer and wireless internet access; a fabrication shop; and a shared kitchen/lounge area. Our staff is on-hand to provide technical support and to respond to the studio needs of our resident artists.
Artists have access to a wood and metal fabrication shop with equipment including table saw, grinder, drill press, welding equipment, and hand tools.
Studios range in size from 250 to 300 square feet. Not all studios have windows. Artists will not be permitted to choose their studio.
Artists who are accepted into the program must be prepared to actively use their studio a minimum of 50 hours a month or they will lose it.
**Please also note that due to the possibility of flooding in our basement studios, we strongly recommend that artists keep anything valuable off the floor at all times; therefore artists accustomed to working on the floor should think carefully about whether our studios will meet their needs.
All applicants must be United States citizens or legal Permanent Residents of the United States, 18 years or older, may not be enrolled in any degree program, and must be able to demonstrate need for a studio. Applicants may not be a resident artist in another studio program at the same time as the 2015-16 Smack Mellon residency.
A panel of arts professionals and artists will review applications and select artists for the 2015 season. Artists will be selected based on the quality of their work and their potential for making the most of their time in the program. All applicants will be notified by email. Please do not call the office for selection results.
IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST DAY TO UPLOAD YOUR MATERIALS. (If you have any technical problems after 6pm on Nov 6, we will not be able to assist you and any application that is late due to technical difficulties will not be accepted.)
The application process will require:
1. 10 images or 3 videos: SEE BELOW (Only ONE format - video or images - will be reviewed. You can submit an application only once per residency cycle.)
2. Resume (One file - Word .doc, .docx, .rtf or PDF. Please include your name, address, phone number and email address in this document along with exhibition and educational background.)
3. Artist Statement (In 250 words or less, write a statement about your work and your process.)
4. Statement of Objective (In 250 words or less, describe your plans for potential projects, ideas, and expectations while at Smack Mellon.)
5. Three references (Please provide the name, email address, telephone # and address of three references who know you on a professional level and can comment on your recent work and artistic development.)
You can submit a maximum of ten (10) still images.
Each image file must be titled with your Last Name, underscore, First Name, underscore, image number. Example: Smith_John_01.
Color mode: RGB; File types: .jpg or .tiff
Maximum size in any direction: 1000px
Enter title, medium, production date for each entry (ie: Sick Bacchus, oil on linen, 26.4" x 20.9", 1593)
You may enter up to 60 words of additional description about each image or series of images.
We will not accept CDs of digital images, slides, DVDs, or VHS.
You may submit up to three (3) videos, each of which can be a maximum of five (5) minutes long. Accepted file types include Mp4, AVI, MOV, MPG. Only moving images, i.e. time-based media, video, kinetic art or documentation of performance art, should be submitted as video files. Videos of still artwork or documentation of artistic process will not be viewed.
If titling, crediting, or other important textual information is part of the video, we strongly suggest that it come at the beginning of the video.
You may include a brief description of the content of each video (100 word maximum).
We will not accept CDs of digital images, slides, DVDs, or VHS. Most video codecs will be played back on Submittable's platform - please test your videos for playback before finalizing your submission.
Please carefully read all instructions and these FAQs before submitting and prepare your materials accordingly.