Each year Artsmith grants Artist Residency Fellowships of time and space in the San Juan Islands for artists, scholars, and writers to create new works. Up to five fellows at a time stay in individual rooms with private baths as guests of Artsmith and Kangaroo House B&B, and have access to the inn's amenities, including wireless Internet and our garden hot tub. The residency offers lodging at the historic Kangaroo House Bed & Breakfast to five interdisciplinary artists the week of January 2-9, 2018. Beginning in 2017, artists selected for the residency on Orcas Island receive a $50 honorarium to help offset travel costs.
Being within walking distance of the beach, library, coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, and Darvill's Bookstore, and only a few miles from Moran State Park and Turtleback Preserve, residents have no shortage of inspirational sustenance.
Provided meals include welcome hors d'oeuvres the night of arrival plus four dinners during the week of the residency. Fellows are responsible for all other meals. Due to health department regulations, we cannot give access to the B&B's kitchen; however, a small refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and electric kettle are provided, along with glassware, dishes, and utensils. And best of all, we take care of the dishes!
Visual artists, please note that Artsmith does not have artist studios, much as we wish we did. As a result, the residency is best-suited for artists who do not require use of a studio. If in doubt, please email us at email@example.com to inquire.
photo credit: Alan Tower
The Selection Process and To Apply... The Artsmith Peer Review Panel, comprised of artists, writers, and scholars, assesses applications based primarily on two main criteria:
1. How will the proposed work benefit from the residency setting 2. Do the statement of intent and work sample reflect originality and evidence of significantly refining craft or pushing the boundaries of craft
The makeup of the Peer Review Panel varies each year, but is always selected to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of the residency. Selected artists are notified approximately two months after the application period closes.
TO APPLY Applications for the 2019 residency will be accepted March 1 to May 31, 2018. Please be ready to provide: 1. Residency statement of intent (maximum 250 words to be pasted in online form). Please use this space to talk about your creative practice and your intentions for the time in residence. 2. Bio. 100-200 words. 3. Contact info for two people who can vouch for your commitment to your art as well as your ability to be a considerate and conscientious member of the residency. 4. Commitment that you can spend the entire week in residency. 5. How you heard about the Artsmith residency. 6. Work Sample. Visual Artists: Up to five digital work samples; Other Artists (composers, film-makers, etc.): Up to three digital work samples; Writers: Up to 10 pages of writing sample in one file. 7. $35 application fee.
More Information Questions? Write director Jill McCabe Johnson at info @ orcasartsmith.org. Please join our mailing list if you would like to receive notification of the Artsmith residency and other events and opportunities.
From Previous Artsmith Fellows
photo credit: Susan Kim Campbell
"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."