MFA Residency

Three-Week Residency, June 7 - August 22, 2015

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Ox-Bow will offer three to five 3-week residencies to MFA candidates from schools around the nation. Students must be currently enrolled in an accredited MFA program or have graduated from an MFA program on or after December 2014 to qualify. Students may apply as individuals or as pairs to live and work on campus on a project of their design. Applicants will receive one studio space, as well as housing for the duration of their stay (if applying as a pair, applicants will share a studio, as well as housing). Access to classroom studios and studio equipment is not guaranteed. Students should submit proposals to create work that is not dependent on studio access.

These three-week residencies are designed for graduate students who may not need the formal instruction provided by Ox-Bow’s traditional class structure. MFA Residents should be self-directed in both envisioning their projects as well as executing them, though they will have access to critiques with faculty, Visiting Artists, and Ox-Bow’s Resident Academic Director, Michael Andrews. Community interaction plays a large role in life at Ox-Bow, therefore proposals that engage the overall community will be given preference. All residents should be prepared to give a lecture to the general community on their work, as well as on the progress of their project.

Ox-Bow is a learning institution dedicated to experimentation and the artistic process. Applicants should not feel obligated to tailor their projects to fit within Ox-Bow’s traditional course offerings. However, as Ox-Bow has limited technological and equipment resources, applicants should touch on equipment needs and plans on how those needs might be addressed in their application essays.

Collaborative MFA Residencies

Only one application is required from the applying group/collaboration. The first person listed on the application will be considered our main contact person. However, we do need the contact information for the other collaborator/s. When directed to upload information, please have files ready for all persons in the collaboration, as all files need to be uploaded at the same time.

Cost: $500 per 3-week residency for one artist; $800 for two artists, (includes room and board and studio), due at the time the residency is awarded.

Deadline: February 9, 2015, 5 pm Eastern Standard Time

Application: Click here for application requirements and form. 

Ox-Bow Residency Award and Stipend

On December 11, 2013, the National Endowment for the Arts announced that Ox-Bow would receive a highly competitive Art Works grant in support of our artist residencies. The award confers prominence to the creatively fertile ground that Ox-Bow has cultivated for over a century—a community that has supported and encouraged artists from Claes Oldenburg to Theaster Gates.

Ox-Bow will offer 26 paid residency opportunities to artists in the summer and fall. MFA Residents, Summer Arts Faculty Residents, Fall Artist in Residents, national and international artist of diverse mediums may all apply for the Ox-Bow NEA Art Works Grant. To apply, please include a statement of interest with your online Artist Residency Application.

To meet the evolving needs of working artists, we are constantly striving to alleviate their financial barriers. Offering paid residencies answers the increasing call for Ox-Bow to be both an artistic and financial haven for artists and their work. This NEA support is a huge step in that direction. 

In addition to having residency fees waived, award recipients will receive a $200/week stipend.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. 

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