image credit: 2017 Resident Artist Courtney Kemp
Residencies at PlatteForum are competitive with over 100 applications and only five slots awarded each year. Each residency gives the artist the time, space and support to extend their work and share their ideas with the public. Artistic excellence, innovative ideas for engagement and collaboration with the public, and a diversity of ideas, genres, and methodologies are paramount in selecting artists for only four available slots in the Artist Residency program each season. Residencies are 6-8 weeks in duration.
The Artist Residency program is open to artists in all genres. Applications from established professional artists, emerging artists, and graduate students are welcome. We encourage local, national, and international artists to apply. Artistic excellence, merit, and creative ways for interacting with the public as articulated in the application are important criteria in the selection process. Applicants must be able to speak and understand English. There is a three-year waiting period for former residents (for example, an Artist Resident from the 2012-13 season is not eligible to apply until the 2015-16 season).
PlatteForum is a member of the Alliance of Artist Communities, an international organization that advances creativity. Community connections nurtured by collaborations and partnerships with organizations, schools, and individuals that extend the artist’s aesthetic are integral to each residency. The PlatteForum approach — teaming creative residents with youth and the community — makes a valuable contribution to our city’s cultural discourse, fosters personal growth for the artist, and positively impacts the lives of participating individuals. PlatteForum’s uniqueness gives artists, youth, and community members opportunities that they might not find elsewhere.
Our resident artist exhibitions are generously supported by OZ Architecture.
The application process is currently CLOSED.
For those creatives that applied for the 2017-18 year, final selections will be announced no later than June 2017.
Check again January 2018 for the next annual call for applications.
An interdisciplinary selection committee will consider applications for the residencies. Care will be given to selecting artists who represent a variety of genres, experiences, and ideas.
Stipend and Support
PlatteForum provides our facility, a stipend ($250/week) to help defray artist expenses, staff support, program administration, workshop support, youth workshop supplies, opening event, press releases, and invitations.
Facilities and Services
The contemporary facility is over 4000 square feet with dedicated open studio (2,000 square feet) is surrounded by staff offices, kitchen, and restrooms.
Guest housing will be provided by members of the PlatteForum community.
Kitchen is available for artists’ use.
Studios, grounds, and all public and private areas are accessible to people with limited mobility and wheelchairs.
Additional Expectations and Community Involvement
A strong theme of the PlatteForum Artist Residency is: Strengthening individual practice through collaboration.
Resident artists dedicate 4-6 hours each week(plus planning time as necessary) to work with a small group of underserved youth, K-12, in intensive workshops that build upon the ideas and forms of the creative resident. In collaboration with PlatteForum staff the Artist in Residence will concept, organize and facilitate a series of youth workshops. Each residency culminates in a public reception where the work and ideas of the creative resident and the youth are presented through a performance, exhibition or artist talk, seminar, or similar presentation, depending on the kind of work created by the artist resident and the youth. For more information about these expectations, please email Rebecca Vaughan