The Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program was instituted in 2012 with the aim of supporting the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds, and disciplines. Artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, performance related media and other fine art media are eligible to apply for a residency. The competition is open to US residents currently residing in the US. Non US residents residing in the US may be eligible to apply if they are currently in receipt of the necessary visas and documentation to continue residence. The residency is for a three month period; requests for extension of the residency will be considered on a case-to-case basis according to individual needs and the resources of the Gallery.
The Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for artists from the USA to work in a unique natural environment. Marfa is a small town in a sparsely populated area of far West Texas and artists should be prepared to spend a great portion of their time alone. A residency at Marfa Contemporary is perfect for those artists who seek a quiet environment that remains largely unfettered by industrialism.
Marfa Contemporary provides a furnished apartment with a well-equipped kitchen and a large studio (25ft x 16ft) attached to our main Gallery space. A stipend of $900 per month is provided to assist with living expenses and art materials augmented by a $120 per month gas allowance. Flights and travel costs to and from Marfa will be borne by Marfa Contemporary. Any travel costs the artist incurs during the residency will be self-funded. It is expected that the artist, during his/her residency, will participate in school workshops, actively engage with the local community and present an exhibit of their work at the close of the residency period.
The Fall 2013 Application round (Mid- Sept - mid Dec or Nov 13 - end Jan 14) is currently closed. Please check back in 2014 for your next competition.
20 slide images OR a CD with 20 PDF or JPEG digital files (2 MB maximum file size per image) OR a DVD of up to 30 minutes of video work.
Applications must be postmarked no later than June 1, 2013. Please do not send any original artwork. Emailed submissions will not be accepted.
Applications can be mailed to:
Dr. Natalie Maria Roncone
Artist in Residence Application
100 E. San Antonio Street,
Po Box 1233,
Marfa, Texas 79843
For questions about the Artist in Residence program or the submission process, contact Natalie@marfacontemporary.org
The program is committed to the policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. No-one with the AIDS virus, ARC, or HIV shall be denied admission as long as he/she is otherwise qualified.
Disciplines and media
- Visual Art
- Performing Arts
- Educational Programs
- New Media
Duration of residencies
- 3 months
Expenses paid by artist
Expenses paid by the organization
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