Eastsound in Snow2013 Artsmith Residency

Thank you to all who applied to the 2013 Artsmith Artist Residency. The Peer Review Panel has awarded residency fellowships to the following five applicants (listed in alphabetical order by last name):

  1. Tiffany Owens, Creative Nonfiction
  2. David Rutiezer, Poetry
  3. Matha Silano, Poetry
  4. Scott Starbuck, Poetry
  5. Ira Sukrangruang, Creative Nonfiction

Congratulations to the 2013 Fellows!


Each year Artsmith grants up to five Residency Fellowships for a one-week residency for artists, scholars, and writers to have focused time to create new works.

The 2013 residency will take place February 1-8, 2013 at the Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast on Orcas Island in Washington State's San Juan Islands. As guests of Artsmith and Kangaroo House, Fellows receive private rooms and baths, continental breakfast, and access to the inn's amenities, including wireless internet connectivity and garden hot tub. Due to health department restrictions, Fellows do not have access to the kitchen; however, a small refrigerator, microwave, electric kettle, dishes, glasses, and flatware are provided. Fellows provide their own travel, other meals, and incidentals.

Artsmith Fellows are selected by our Peer Review Panel comprised of artists, writers, and scholars, and notified by November 30. Previous fellows, please wait two years after your residency to reapply.

For those familiar with the Artsmith residency, we have two notable changes beginning in 2013. The first is that we have decided to discontinue the Artsmith Garden Party in which residents are asked to spend an hour each day working in the garden. Also, artists will no longer be invited to bring their significant others. Our intention with both of these changes is to provide an environment free from distractions and as conducive to the creation of new works as possible.

Visual artists, please note that Artsmith does not have artist studios and bedrooms cannot be used as studios. The residency is more suitable for artists who do not require use of a studio, for example, artists doing sketching or plein-aire. There will be limited day-use of a guest house overlooking President's Channel.


Kangaroo House living roomTo Apply...

The next application period will open in late summer 2013. Applications include:

1. Residency statement of intent (maximum 200 words)

2. Up to three digital work samples; Writers, up to 10 pages maximum for all three files

3. Names and contact information for two references

4. Commitment that you can spend the entire week in residency

5. $35 application fee



Analisa Lee and the red wheelbarrowFrom Artsmith Alumni

"The rarity of having so much unscheduled, uninterrupted time to think, plan, discuss, sketch, and read in such a serene setting with fabulous food and thoughtful  people was invaluable to me."

"I loved the residency... in the week that we had on Orcas, the silence and beauty inspired me to get much work done."

"Forms in nature inspire my visual ways of thinking, and give new texture to my art. A simple root system or fern or snail become wonderfully complex when I take the time for close observation."

"It is so rare to get large blocks of time to write that it is a real treat to succumb to the obsession."

"The highlight, was literally the light, the interplay of water and light on the island is pretty amazing."



The ferry ride to Orcas is half the fun

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