CALL FOR TEACHING ARTISTS: Exhibition and Collaborative Project Fellowship

This Deadline Expired: Friday, January 19, 2018

The Community Arts Center Summer Fellow Program seeks to create a deep connection between teaching artists and the summer programming at the CAC. Fellows engage with the Arts Center community in two ways:

Fellows participate in a solo or two-person exhibition in the Duke Gallery, the 3000 square foot main gallery at the CAC. The exhibition runs June 16th – July 20th with a reception on Sunday, June 24th, 2-4pm. A gallery talk for families will be scheduled during the time the fellow is on site for Summer Spree art camp.

Fellows facilitate a special project with children ages 4-11 who are enrolled in the Community Arts Center’s Summer Spree art camp. The theme of the camp this year is the Imaginarium. Each fellow’s project is a single session in duration. Sessions are either 1 or 2 weeks long and occur between June 26 and August 18. Fellows will work with students between 9 am and 12 noon each weekday to create a collaborative project that may be site-specific.

The program welcomes energetic, focused artists working in traditional and non-traditional mediums. Professional artists at all points in their careers are welcome to apply. Current graduate students are
eligible, but applications will not be accepted from undergraduate students. Two-dimensional work and wall hung sculpture is preferred for the exhibition, as the gallery is often used for events. However, exhibition proposals that include a limited number of free-standing sculptural pieces and/or smaller sculptures that would be presented on pedestals will be considered. Selection is based on several primary factors: strength and individuality of the work, creativity, and practicality of the project proposal, and demonstration of the ability to engage and work with children.

Fellows receive a stipend of $500 for one-week projects or $1000 for two-week projects. Materials costs for collaborative projects are covered by the Arts Center within a limited budget. The Arts Center is not able to provide lodging, food or transportation during the residency period. Assistance in hanging the exhibition is provided.

Interested artists should submit a proposal that includes the following:
1. Artist Statement/Bio and resume or CV including education, exhibition history, and teaching experience
2. Description of the work you plan to exhibit in the gallery
3. Description of the specific project that you plan for the summer camp,(Please note a preference for a one or two-week long session.)
4. One letter of professional reference and contact info for 2 additional references
5. Five images of recent work that is characteristic of the work you intend to show and three images of past student or collaborative work from projects you have taught/facilitated. Images should be at least 300 dpi.
6. Image key with the title, description, dimensions, materials used and year produced for each piece. Application materials may be emailed to or mailed to the Community Arts Center. If mailing, please include digital images on a CD or flash drive. Please do not include folders, binders, photographic prints, original artworks, tear sheets, newspaper articles, etc. The Arts Center will retain all application materials and will not return any materials submitted.

Note: Priority will be given to proposals that make a strong connection between the exhibition and the
summer camp project. This may take many forms. For instance, a part of the exhibition may change or evolve over the time the fellows are here working in the summer. A portion of the work created collaboratively with the campers may be included in the exhibition. All fellows must pass FBI clearance as well as state child abuse and criminal record clearances.

For more information please contact Paul Downie, CAC Executive Director, at For more information about the Arts Center visit Prospective applicants are also welcome to visit the Community Arts
Center to see the gallery and grounds.

The online form can be found here:

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