Shouls I apply for an artist in residence program?
October 14, 2012 12:04 PM Subscribe
Can you tell me about artist in residence programs? For photographers, specifically. Having trouble finding answers to the questions I have anywhere online..
posted by wats to media & arts (9 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
So I have been pretty into film photography for a good decade or so now, and I have amassed a body of work that I am quite pleased with. Within the past year or so I have finally started to "put myself out there" as an artist. While I don't have any illusions that I'd ever be able to parlay my work into a full time artist gig, I do take it very seriously.
I've also got the travel bug pretty bad right now,, and about a year's worth of time before I intend to go back to school (for something unrelated to photography).
As an obvious link between the two factors mentioned above, I have been looking at the many, many opportunities for artist in residence programs throughout the world. I'm wondering if anybody has any experiences with these programs? Did you find them helpful? Worthwhile? How difficult is the application and selection process?
What I struggle with the most is having a "reason" to apply to any particular program.. I'm not yet sure what I would hope to accomplish, artistically, aside from "go somewhere cool, have an adventure, and take lots of pretty photograhs". Making connections and possibly exposure or an exhibition would be great too. But these seem like they would be viewed as pretty flimsy "excuses" or reasons to apply, and kind of doubt the liklihood that I would ever be accepted if that's all I can come up with. But on the other hand, it seems like these are the very reasons that these programs exist? Everything I read online seems rather open-ended as far as reasons one might wish to apply to a program, but when I look at the applications themselves it seems like most programs are looking for a better defined artistic vision.
Any thoughts on the medium I use (medium format and 35mm film) and how that might translate to a residency program? I don't process my own film, but scan my negatives and use photoshop for post-processing. I worry that the turn-around time for having a lab do the processing might not mesh with the length of my stay, and the expectation that some programs have that a piece of work be completed by the time the residency comes to a close.
I would love to re-learn darkroom processes but have yet to find a suitable residency program that might assist me with that.
I don't yet have a very impressive CV relating to art.. one juried group exhibition, inclusion in a few blogs here and there but that's about it. Should I focus more on building my portfolio in my local area before trying something like this?
So anyway, sorry that got long. Just asking for some general information on artist in residence programs (personal experiences, links, literature etc), and whether one might realistic for me, being not-too-far along in my artistic career.