Artist Residency Discovery Guide – Part Six: “ArtSpace’s Top 10 Career Boosting Residencies”

Artist Residency Discovery Guide

Part Six:  “ArtSpace’s Top 10 Career Boosting Residencies”

http://www.artspace.com/magazine/art_101/top_artist_residencies

First, A Disclaimer…

Before we dig into this resource article, let us examine for a moment what the ArtSpace author considers to be an “art career.”  They quickly list a series of ideal components for a “CV” which is also known as a resume, but they also define the audience: curators and collectors.  The “career” to which they are most strongly referring is a mechanism of the formal art world.  My discovery guide is meant to approach the already ambiguous term of Art Career as open to interpretation.  It is entirely up to an artist what they define as success.  That is to say:  if an artist’s end game is to build a reputation appealing to museum curators and private collectors, then this part of the guide will be most relevant to that artist. 

We all have different creative aspirations.  Fame, notoriety, and critical acclaim are commonly part of an artist’s drive.  That is given.  However, I want to make a clear point that it is not my belief, based on my experience, that an artist needs these marketplace accolades to feel successful; to be successful.  Since this article is largely driven by the paradigm of the curators and collectors, I felt this disclaimer should come first.  As a group of reviews, this article stands strong as a fantastic list of residencies that are likely to boost an artist’s career either critically, or in any other desired way.

And we also see some repeat residencies showing up!  Check out who we’re seeing for a second or third time in this guide!

The Usual Suspects

Skowhegan comes up again, as does MacDowell and Oxbow.  What can we say of these three residency programs that have come up so repeatedly?  Obviously we can begin to deduce that they are not only popular, respected, and noteworthy, but more importantly we can safely assume they have a significant effect on an artist’s career.

New-comers to the guide are Eyebeam and Whitney in NYC, and The Chinati Foundation in Texas.  Once again NYC shines through as a heavyweight when it comes to improving an artist and/or an art career.

It Warrants Repeating

International travel is good for the artist.  Horizons become broadened, as do networks, when we immerse ourselves in another culture.  The culture of another culture will stay with us to season our creative works.  As we reviewed in the international portions of Part Five and Part Four of this guide, the benefits of being an artist abroad are many.  However, the highlighted benefit in this guide is focused around how it rounds out your resume as an artist.

International destinations in this article:

Rome (Italy)

Sanpathong Villiage (Thailand)

Berlin (Germany)

Stockholm, Malmö, and Umeå (Sweden)

If international travel interests an artist, I would recommend focusing less on the obstacles that would seem to prevent them from making travel a reality, and more on the ways in which these programs are designed make a residency possible.  Sure, international residency will likely hold up some extra hoops to jump through, but the experience would be a permanent addition to an artist’s inspiration, network, and professional credentials.

Moving Forward – BLEND IT!

One additional feature of this article worth noting is the author’s use of notable alumni.  If any of the names stand out, it might be a signal to dig a bit deeper on a location.  Likewise, if a location is appealing, it might be a signal to research some backstory on the listed alumni.  This is how we can begin identifying and associating with a residency.

Blend this knowledge in with the resources from other parts of this guide.  Where do we start feeling pulled?  International?  New York City?  Mid-West?  New England?  An artists strongest asset is their intuition, so feel and follow!

Thank you for reading, and please keep an eye out for the next installment of the Artist Residency Discovery Guide.  We will be peeling back the layers of the top online resource for continued research into Artist Residencies.  Has the dream residency vision become clear yet?  Let’s keep going!

Until soon.

-V

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