Terrain Exhibitions: 2022 Residency

Terrain Exhibitions: 2022 Residency

This Deadline Expired: Friday, March 25, 2022

Terrain Exhibitions is currently accepting applications for the 2022 Terrain Exhibitions residency program. The residency, hosted by the Springfield Art Association (SAA)/Enos Park Residency for Visual Artists, is located in Springfield, Illinois, for a period of four to six weeks between May 15 through August 31, 2022. Artists are invited to live and work at the residency duplex to pursue the development of public projects: art installations, architectural interventions, performances, social practice, and community programs. Public art exhibition opportunities are available, and presenting works developed in residence is encouraged. Two residencies will be awarded.

The residency duplex, located in a historic neighborhood within walking distance to Downtown Springfield, will serve as a central site/laboratory where projects can be developed, and offers unique architecture and surrounding grounds that are also rich with potential. The duplex is a high-visibility site and straddles the experience of suburban and downtown living. The Springfield Art Association follows COVID-19 safety protocols, among them: required masks, facility cleaning, and social distancing.

Terrain Exhibitions encourages applications from artists from all backgrounds, including underrepresented groups that include (but are not limited to) artists of color, LGBTQ artists, women artists, non-binary, transgender and gender nonconforming artists, and artists with disabilities. Please email them with questions about accessibility; the residency duplex is a second-floor unit and is not accessible.

Terrain Exhibitions works to support the needs of artists with families and encourage applications from parent artists. The residency can accommodate partners, children, and pets; requests are considered on a case-by-case basis, and they pursue solutions for the work/life needs of the residents.

Residents will reside in the spacious residency duplex. Due to COVID-19, the two-bedroom apartment, which has previously hosted two residents at once, currently hosts one resident/couple/pod/family at a time. The apartment offers a two-bedroom unit with a kitchen, living room, dining room, bathroom, and large covered porch. Artists will be provided with a stipend of $600 to help offset material and travel expenses. The $50/week residency fee required by the Enos Park Residency program will be paid for by Terrain Exhibitions. Meals are not provided.

Important considerations for applicants:

There are no dedicated studio spaces for Terrain residents. They make efforts to see that studio needs are met on a case-by-case basis, but cannot guarantee a dedicated workspace. Oftentimes residents are happy to work within the large duplex to develop their work, and occasional use of the SAA studios may be possible. Applicants should keep this consideration in mind when planning and proposing projects to be completed in residence.

The SAA is a multi-facility community arts campus with a robust community presence. There are active community classes throughout the summer as well as a summer arts camp for children. Additionally, projects on campus are often underway, which may include construction, restoration efforts or large maintenance projects. These activities, in addition to the proximity to downtown, can result in periods of excessive sound. This is not a residency in which residents experience an isolated, bucolic escape. Residents live and work within the active community culture of the SAA, which is a community that welcomes and supports Terrain residents.

The review of applicants will be conducted by a panel composed of Terrain-affiliated volunteers and guest panelist Tizziana Baldenebro.

Tizziana Baldenebro is the executive director at SPACES in Cleveland, OH. An arts administrator, curator, writer, and critic, her practice focuses on emerging artists and designers. She is an organizer and activist in the effort to produce equitable cultural centers. In 2019-2020 she served as the Ford Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Her resignation from MOCAD prompted the formation of MOCAD Resistance, an organization of former employees and community members working to restructure cultural spaces in Detroit. Previously, Tizziana held a curatorial research internship at the Art Institute of Chicago within the Architecture & Design department. She serves on the board of FRONT International Triennial and the Contemporary Art Society at the Cleveland Museum of Art and is a 2022-2023 Avery Review Editor at Large. She received a Masters of Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago.

To apply:
Please compile the following materials into a single PDF file:

A one-page statement that details your interest in the program and explains why the residency aligns well with your practice/research interests
If you have a specific project or line of research that you plan to pursue in residence, please share that information here
Specific dates within the residency period (May 15 – August 31) that you can be available for a four-to-six week residency (multiple options encouraged)
Current CV
10 to 20 work samples with captions
For video or sound works samples, please provide a link to your submission
A list of three references

Application materials must be received by March 25, 2021. Please submit your materials or direct questions by email to allison@terrainexhibitions.org.

If you are an artist parent or hope to bring your partner or pet to the residency, please include details about your needs in your application.

About Terrain Exhibitions:
Terrain Exhibitions brings contemporary art where it is most needed and least expected: yards, front steps, windows, porches, and roofs in residential neighborhoods across the U.S. (and beyond). This is an act of radical decentralization, taking art from privileged urban centers and bringing it into everyday spaces. By forging partnerships between artists and ordinary citizens, they create greater access for new and underserved audiences for contemporary art, empowering neighbors to make private spaces public in a spirit of generosity and collaboration.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Montage Foundation.

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