Funded by the LeRoy Neiman Foundation
Each summer, Ox-Bow welcomes twelve fellowship students from competitive art schools and departments all over the nation. These students live on campus for the duration of the summer season, from approximately June 1 - September 1, where they participate in campus life as both staff members and as artists.
Fellowship students are selected in two ways. There are two slots open to a degree-seeking students from any school and two slots open to students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. These applications are reviewed by Ox-Bow. Ox-Bow also has partnerships with eight outside institutions, that select one of their students to be a fellow based on the merit of their work and on their commitment to making inspired and innovative art. During their stay at Ox-Bow, fellowship students are able to reinforce their commitments to artmaking, and benefit from the intense focus and the access to professional artists that life at Ox-Bow provides.
The fellowship students have an invaluable opportunity to focus on their work, meet with renowned artists, and grow as a member of this unique community.
Fellowship students can audit one two-week course or two one-week courses (when space and time allows); receive studio space; a weekly stipend; free room/board; access to visiting artists for critiques; and the opportunity to exhibit their work. Ox-Bow encourages fellows to seek out as many one-on-one critiques as possible; to spend a minimum of 10 hours a week in their studios; and to attend at least 15 slide lectures over the course of the summer. Throughout the summer, fellows are encouraged to organize their own group critiques, as each fellow shows their work in the Ox-Bow gallery.
Fellowship students also participate in campus life as staff. Fellows begin working full-time at Ox-Bow one week prior to the start of programming on facilities maintenance, housekeeping, or grounds maintenance. During the 11-week season, fellows work alongside of the regular staff for just 20 hours per week on jobs ranging from dishwashing to office work. This minimal work commitment is designed so that fellows may make the most of their time in their studios at Ox-Bow. By working closely with the artists on staff, fellows develop relationships with others who have also made artmaking their lives. These close friendships provide not only inspiration, but also encourage mutual respect, honesty, and challenge when discussing art.
The fellowship program should be viewed as a once in a lifetime opportunity to be entirely focused as an artist within the sanctuary of Ox-Bow. We encourage all students to take full advantage of the program.
Applications are due February 23, 2015.
Ox-Bow Fellowship for SAIC Graduate and Undergraduate Students
Ox-Bow offers two fellowships to graduate and undergraduate junior and senior degree-seeking students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Open to current SAIC students or SAIC students who graduated on or after December 2014. Applicants must also be at least 21 years of age at start of fellowship.
Check here for application requirements. (The same application is used by both SAIC and non-SAIC students).
Ox-Bow Fellowship for Degree-Seeking Students from any School
Ox-Bow will also offer positions to students from any degree-granting institution. Students should be at the junior, senior, or graduate level and currently enrolled in a degree program in the visual arts or have graduated on or after December 2014. Applicants must also be at least 21 years of age at start of fellowship.