This week I’m highlighting five residency from the Southland. I’ve been thinking about home a lot lately (born and raised in Atlanta, GA). A delicious Southern eatery opened down the street from me and those flavors made me so happy I’ve been craving parts of the South ever since. I limited my scope to the areas of the South that mean the most to me: Georgia and the Carolinas. So here they are in no particular order.
Hambidge Art Residency (website)
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Rabun Gap, Georgia, this 600 acre retreat promises a space for artists to work surrounded by a natural environment. The residency is open to visual artists of all media (though there’s no darkroom or printshop), writers, scientists, dancers, choreographers, musicians, chefs, and the list goes on.
Residencies last 2-8 weeks from mid-February through late-December and applications are open to anyone around the world. The residency costs $1,250 per week, but there are plenty of scholarships and fellowships to offset that cost.
There is space for 9 artists at a time and dinners are prepared each Tuesday – Friday by an in-house chef.
The Creative Project (website)
The Creative Project is a long-term (2 year) residency in Atlanta, Georgia. Six artists will get free studio space with exhibition opportunities at The Goat Farm Arts Center. In exchange, the artist must be able to mentor a youth or teach a class one night a week.
Sadly the deadline for applications has just passed, so mark your calendars for August 2015 for the next cycle of residencies.
Go Elsewhere (website)
The Elsewhere Residency is a unique experience in Greensboro, North Carolina where artists create site specific projects in this living museum. The museum is a collection of artifacts that belonged to Sylvia Gray, who used to have a store in the location. The residency was created by her grandson, George Scheer. (Full story: here) Residencies last for 2 – 6 weeks from April – November, and they also have internships and fellowships available.
In their words:
“Elsewhere residencies invite artists, curators, scholars, makers, storytellers, archivists, and educators to contribute to and interpret Elsewhere’s concepts, collections, and communities utilizing the museum’s immense 58-year collection of second-hand surplus as resource and inspiration for site-specific projects.”
McColl Center for Visual Art (website)
The McColl Center is an urban residency located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Facilities include a darkroom, printmaking studio, woodshop, and media lab. Residents are awarded a $3,300 stipend, materials budget of $2,000, plus travel allowance and housing if not a local Charlotte resident. There are two sessions of 11-12 weeks during the fall and winter (September-November; January-March). Aritsts-in-Residence participate in 1-2 exhibitions and the center is open to the public for studio visits every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
If you’re a local Charlotte artist, you can also become an affiliate artist with some pretty rad benefits.
HUB-BUB is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. This residency selects three emerging artists and one writer to live above The Showroom (pictured above) for 6 months (January – June). They receive a stipend along with free housing and are asked in return to dedicate 15-20 hours a week toward helping with HUB-BUB projects and events.