Boston Center for the Arts:
Visual Artist Residencies 2019-2020
Call for Proposals
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Focus on Public Engagement
Supporting visual art that locates itself at active intersections of public art, socially engaged art, public-participatory art, installation art, movement-based art, community arts, urban development and/or art education/arts learning.
Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) is accepting applications for its Visual Artist Residency Program, which provides studio space and additional professional and creative support for three artists or artist collectives during the 2019—2020 season. Please note: Our studio space is WORK ONLY; BCA does not provide living accommodations during its residencies.
BCA’s process-oriented residencies offer selected artists the opportunity to experiment with their craft and develop their focus or test new ideas, while also engaging in vital public dialogue from a home base in our Artist Studios Building in Boston’s historic South End. Applicant proposals are reviewed and evaluated by an invited jury with the objective of furthering BCA support of innovative, outward facing, projects developed and shared on our campus.
When preparing your proposal, keep in mind that the BCA’s Visual Artist Residency Program puts special emphasis on supporting projects that involve direct engagement with the community - whether through collaborative activities, participatory public installations, performance, intervention or other imaginative activation. We seek proposed projects that have public interaction and participation as significant elements. Although projects need not result in a physical art object or installation, proposals that do contemplate installation of temporary public art on the BCA Public Plaza are welcomed and will be considered for our Summer 2019 Public Visual Artist Residency.
While all three residencies are administered through our Visual Arts program, the Visual Art Residency is open to applicants whose work takes a broad range of forms - encouraging applicants with dance and movement-based practices, theatre and writing-based practices and artists engaged in installation, sound, or other innovative media. A key element of any application will be the connection the artist is interested in exploring between the germination and development of a rich creative idea and its active life connecting with the community outside the artist’s studio.
Artists who have been awarded a BCA Artist Residency in the past must wait three years before applying again.
International artists are invited to apply. However, all artists are responsible for their own visa, travel, living and housing expenses.
PAST BCA ARTIST RESIDENT PROJECTS AND PUBLIC EVENTS:
An important element of your application is the strength of the proposed public events you articulate. To review past Visual Artist Residency projects and public programming, and past Summer Public Artist Residency projects visit BCA's website, including the following tabs: Artist Residency Program 2018-2019, Past Artist Residents and Past Public Artist Residents.
Studio Space: Residents are provided with a private studio in the BCA Artist Studios Building, which houses a community of nearly 50 artists, including: painters, printmakers, sculptors, filmmakers, craftspeople, writers, performing artists and more. This is a work-only studio, no living space is provided with the BCA Visual Artist Residency Program. Selected artists will work with BCA Visual Arts staff to set up a mutually agreeable schedule for time to be spent in the studio.
Studio benefits include:
24-hour access to studio
Curatorial visits and professional development opportunities organized by the BCA
Windows and independently controlled heating unit
Sinks and running water are available on the floor
(not in the studio)
Fourth-floor, 239 square foot space
rtist will be responsible for transporting supplies to fourth floor studio - with assistance from BCA interns and visual arts staff, if needed)
IMPORTANT NOTE: THERE IS NO ELEVATOR IN THE STUDIO BUILDING, AND THE STUDIO IS ON THE FOURTH FLOOR.
Two selected Visual Artist Residents each receive a $1,500 honorarium, paid out as follows:
$1,000 will be issued at the beginning of the residency
$500 to be paid contingent upon the program’s completion unless an alternate agreement is made between the artist and the BCA.
In addition to the honorarium, artists may receive up to $1,000* in reimbursements for pre-approved expenses incurred in the course of realizing the project. *Subject to change
One selected Summer Public Visual Artist Resident receives a $2,000 honorarium, paid out as follows:
$500 will be issued at the beginning of the residency
$1000 will be issued on July 1, 2019
The final $500 will be released contingent upon the program’s completion unless an alternate agreement is made between the artist and the BCA.
In addition, the Summer Public Visual Artist Resident may receive up to $4,000* in reimbursements for pre-approved expenses incurred for logistics, materials and supplies required to implement project. *Subject to change
Visual Artist Residents will be selected based on:
Excellence of proposed projects and public engagement ideas;
Quality of past work based on submitted work samples; and
Career history from narrative biography and resume.
In addition, artists being considered for the Summer Public Artist Residency will be evaluated on the basis of their proposals’ demonstration of ability to:
Create a unique, site-specific artwork in any medium (e.g. sculpture, installation, mural, video, performance, etc.) that will enliven the BCA Plaza/public space, bringing a unique and valuable experience to our neighborhood;
Promote curiosity, interaction and dialogue among the diverse members of our community;
Engage in an on-site artistic process; and
Create temporary public artwork that is safe and easily maintained for the duration of the installation period.
Jurors will select one Summer 2019 Public Visual Artist Resident and two Visual Artist Residents, two to be on campus in fall 2019 and the other during the early months of 2020. The Summer Public Visual Artist Resident will be awarded additional assistance towards the realization of a temporary public artwork to be installed, or otherwise activated on the BCA’s public plaza during summer and early fall 2019.
BCA selects all three Visual Arts Residents through a single, juried open call process. All artist proposals will be considered for both categories, unless an artist specifically stipulates their preference to be considered ONLY for either the Summer Public Artist Resident slot or for one of the Visual Artist Resident slots.
Additional Information and Considerations regarding Proposed Temporary Public Art for BCA Plaza:
Project Concept: There is no predetermined size or theme for the artwork, except that it should be appropriately scaled for the BCA Plaza and engage our public audience.
The selected artwork proposal will have a sound execution schedule and budget, be reasonably weather resistant and will have a strong visual impact.
Depending on the physical nature of the artwork, the artist may divide the process between studio and building directly on site.
The creation of the piece in situ may be considered part of the public performance/installation of the artwork if desired. The work must exist as a stand-alone installation from mid July through mid October 2019.
Performative elements of the piece can involve the artist or visitors creating/altering the artwork on-site, or in some way feature an actual performance, ritual or interactive component either within the artwork and/or by the artist, visitors or approved representatives.
Location Description: There are a variety of opportunities for artwork within the BCA Plaza. All proposals should consider outdoor locations only. Artworks will need to withstand the elements for the duration of the project’s timeline.
The artist selected as the Summer Public Visual Artist Resident and the BCA Visual Arts team will work together to develop the best specific location within the BCA campus for the artist’s proposal. Site visits by the artist are encouraged during the initial concept development of the project.
The general site options to consider in making a proposal are:
Cobblestone plaza extending from 551–539 Tremont Street with the exception of the front of the two campus restaurants: the Beehive and Banyan, including their corresponding pedestrian walkways
Trees, campus walkways and garden
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 11pm
Friday, March 29, 2019
Please note: BCA will be hosting two Visual Artist Residency program Q&A sessions in the Mills Gallery during the open call period on the following dates:
Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 5:30-6:30pm
Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 3-4pm
Artist Residency #1/Summer Public Artist Residency*:
Monday June 3—Friday, August 23, 2019
*This residency also requires selected artist’s collaboration with BCA Visual Arts team in Boston Art Commission application process during period April 8-26, 2019.
Artist Residency #2:
Monday, September 9—Friday, December 20, 2019
Artist Residency #3:
Monday, January 27—Friday, May 8, 2020
ADDITIONAL TIMELINE DATES RELATED TO SUMMER PUBLIC VISUAL ARTS RESIDENCY:**
BCA Visual Arts staff will work closely with artist on site visits, project logistics, procuring licenses and permitting from the Boston Arts Commission.
April 8-26: BCA and Artist will work together following notification to complete final Boston Arts Commission application by April 29, 2019, for consideration at Boston Art Commission’s May 14, 2019 meeting.
Final artwork on view in Plaza: Thursday, July 18–Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
De-installation begins Wednesday, November 13, 2019 and will ideally be completed within one week.
**Some timeline dates are subject to change
Please see following pages for submission information. If you have any questions please contact Randi Hopkins, Director of Visual Arts: firstname.lastname@example.org | 617.426.1522.
HOW TO APPLY: Please fill out the form below to apply. Only applications submitted through the form below before 11pm on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 will be accepted for review.
Required Submission Materials:
Concept Proposal: Describe your proposed concept of a new work or the development of an existing project in 500 words or less, including discussion of how the project engages community;
Budget: Including full execution of the proposal, artist fees, special maintenance expenses if any, and artwork removal;
Proposed location on BCA Campus;
Artist Statement/Bio: Describe your artistic vision in 250 words or less, in Word or PDF format, and upload;
Resume: Please upload resume;
Contact information for two professional references: Provide email address and relationship to you;
Work Samples and Image List: Upload up to eight separate jpegs, including: three images of previous work and five concept images/sketches of the proposed concept. Please label each image as LastName_# (for example: Smith_1). Make sure numbers correlate to Image List, and that Image List contains full descriptive information for each image, including relevant artist’s name, title of work, date, media, dimensions and other important descriptive information.
Artist may submit video/audio clips and/or YouTube links for up to four works; Video files must be QuickTime compatible; audio files must be iTunes compatible. If your YouTube link requires a password, please provide it on your Image list.
Residency Preference: If you have a preference for one of the residencies, let us know.
NOTE: Submission form is not re-editable. Please have all documents, text and images ready before starting submission process. Once "SUBMIT" is entered application cannot be changed.
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