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Manifest Artist Residency Award 2018/19

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Applications will be reviewed on a competitive basis. One or two artists will be selected as the recipient(s) of the MAR award which consists of the following:

  • Free 24/7 use of a private studio consisting of (for one artist) approximately five hundred square feet of studio and display space (two north-lit rooms and a hallway) for a period of one year (including nominal utilities). In the event that two separate applicants are each awarded the residency,* each will receive one room, with some shared common space including hallway, storage, and restroom.
  • Free Drawing League Membership at Manifest Drawing Center which provides access to approximately 400 hours of life drawing sessions through weekly Open Figure and semi-regular Drawing Marathon offerings.
  • The artist will be given consideration for teaching courses in our studio program, for pay, during the course of the residency. This will be contingent upon suitability and qualifications, as well as course enrollment, and will be determined by the Coordinator of the Drawing Center program.
  • Regular public exposure of artwork in-progress and working studio during Manifest exhibit receptions to well over 2000 members of the public.
  • The opportunity to submit to any and all of Manifest’s calls for entry for which the artist is eligible, with the entry fees waived for all submissions. Works submitted by the Resident Artist will still be juried through the blind jury process used for all Manifest projects.
  • The participation in a MAR Showcase exhibit in the gallery near the conclusion of the Residency. This is contingent upon approval by the Director and the availability of suitable work. The purpose of the exhibition is to be Manifest's presentation of works made in the Residency space and Manifest programs.
  • If a show is presented, the Resident Artist's exhibited work will be featured in a chapter of that season's Manifest Exhibition Annual publication.
  • The  presentation of an artist talk to the public at or near the conclusion of the Residency.

The program is open for application by any serious emerging or established artist, including recent graduates from college art programs. It will benefit Manifest's community by providing public exposure to the often unseen working space and practices of artists, serving to eliminate some boundaries to contemporary artmaking which currently may divide the everyday public from the fine visual arts.

International (non-U.S. resident) artists will be responsible for securing their own travel authorization, Visa documents, etc. Manifest cannot secure such authorization, but can provide basic documentation explaining the nature of the residency to any authorities who require it.

The ideal candidate for the award of the program may be working in any media or genre, but would also make reasonable use of the available life-drawing sessions and/or darkroom facility even if this is ancillary activity to their primary work. Suitability for teaching will be considered, but will not be a primary factor in the selection process, and a teaching appointment is not guaranteed.




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