This is the submissions page for Atlantic Center for the Arts. For a current residency schedule, please visit Master Artist-in-Residence Schedule. Master Artist that are currently accepting applications are listed below.

Carefully read all of the application requirements for each category you are applying to.

Please note: You cannot edit your submission after it has been completed.

Ends on December 3, 2017$25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 13 - Saturday, June 2, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

The residency I’m thinking of is one where each artist is working through something important to them, and is at the same time open to experimenting and approaching their respective cherished matters in new ways. Because we have the opportunity to work together, I envision more or less daily (morning or afternoon depending on group tendencies) discussions of works and/or processes. I’m interested in how artists who are motivated by urgencies beyond the studio generate formal solutions to the questions they elaborate in research. Be open to a few exercises to shift our habitual frames (optional of course).

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following:
1. a statement articulating what you care about and how you have enlivened these passions through art (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
2. a CV (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
3. up to 20 images of work expressing what engages you now (.jpg, .pdf no larger than 10 mb each)
– OR –
up to 10 images (.jpg, .pdf no larger than 10 mb each) and 10 minutes of video (provide links to video sharing web site, .doc, .docx)

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page

Ends on December 3, 2017$25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 13 - Saturday, June 2, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement
During the residency the associate artists are introduced to Embodiology®, a neo-African model of performance-as-improvisation, and through daily workshops, which involves active physical participation and generous reflective discussions, a wealth of self-knowledge is revealed.  Generative spontaneous performances are realized through this method along with a new set of creative tools for developing solo and group choreography. The technologies of dance improvisation, as practiced across the African Diaspora, have largely been hidden, but once revealed they create an engine of unstoppable creativity. With this approach to improvisation interaction with music is critical therefore musicians are also welcome to apply. Our daily group work will lead on to the formation of smaller group or solo works that, with support, will generate their own trajectories throughout the residency.

This residency will be of interest to artists who would assuredly affirm that their entryway into dance or music is through the gateway of Africa and its diasporan peoples’ performance forms. Multifarious dance practices ranging from Sabar and Tango to Popping and Tutting, and Doundounba and Flamenco to Capoeira and Azunto are among those that demonstrate movement languages that reify rhythm, musical presence and performance-as-improvisation. Contemporary dance artists who recognize the influence of these widespread forms on their current practices will also find creative empathy with the values that will be explored during this residency.

Embodiology®, also engages use and analysis of the speaking voice, promoting a cognitive and sensory interweaving that goes beyond formerly held self-perceptions of novelty and daring. As the participants gain fluency between movement, timing, sound and interrelationships, a communicative coherence in performance arises. Indeed, through the daily studio practice, reflective conversation and writing about multi-sensory experiences, the worlds of the associate artists are re- animated such that they lead to previously unimagined levels of awareness, which go beyond the studio, serving as alternative approaches to decision making in everyday life.

Application Requirements

1.            A 2 - 3 page resume or narrative biography (.doc, pdf)

2.            A letter of intent should include:

>             A reflection of your currently held perspectives on, exposure to and/or practice of improvisation. (.doc, pdf)

>             An idea of what you are interested in working on during the residence.

>             General information on influences and interests.

>             Links to 3 videos or recordings in which you are either the choreographer, dancer, director, musician or teacher. Upload up to a 20-minute sample on Vimeo/Youtube/Soundcloud/Google Drive.

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page

Ends on December 3, 2017$25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 13 - Saturday, June 2, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

This will be a generative workshop. Seasoned and novice poets will be equal before daily writing prompts, experiments and challenges drawn from a range of model poems. Week One will feature in-class writing and rounds of listening. Weeks Two and Three will feature in-class writing with rounds of longer workshops of poems written during your stay. My hope is that you leave the residency with a handful of poems and a head full of possibilities.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following:
> a 1-2 page resume (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
> up to 3-5 poems (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
> a brief (paragraph or so) personal statement about anything you like (.doc, .docx, .pdf)

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page

Ends on January 21, 2018$25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, July 14, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

During this residency, I’d like to consider relationships: between the body, breath, voice, sound, poetry and the self. If I had to think of one idea that would encapsulate the residency it’s “resonance”: Sonic, embodied, emotive, literary and performative. We will look at how different forms of resonance interact with others and how we can be generative of the resonances that we’re always feeling and making. This is a time to connect to the concept of “voice.” The literal voice but also the aesthetic indicators that we alone make. How can we embrace our own voice without seeking to “perfect” it? How do embrace our difference unconditionally and how do we expand that voice to other media, forms of embodiment and page-based work? These ideas will be the focus of the residency through visual, audio, meditative and embodied practices.

Application Requirements

  1. a letter of intent (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  2. If you want to send a written sample, that’s fine.
    > you may submit up to 3-5 poems, or 5 pages total (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  3. I don’t need an audio sample. We’ll discover the “voice” together. However, if you want to send an audio sample, that’s fine.
    > you may submit up to 10 minutes total audio, or video. (Maximum file size is 10 MB, or include a link to your video sharing source or website).

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page

Ends on January 21, 2018$25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, July 14, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

Build your own Labyrinth: Using Constraints to Challenge and Surprise Yourself

The driving force behind my art over the last fifteen years has been the motor of “constraint,” that is, the idea of setting yourself arbitrary, game-like rules. I discovered this way of working from a French literary group called Oulipo (which is an acronym for something like “Workshop for Potential Literature), founded by the novelist and poet Raymond Queneau and his mathematician friend François Le Lionnais in 1960 and counting Georges Perec, Italo Calvino, and Harry Mathews among its (mostly French) members. Queneau described them as “rats who build the labyrinth from which they propose to escape.” The most famous examples of their work include Perec’s La Disparition, a novel written without using the letter e, or Queneau’s One Hundred Million Million Poems, a book of ten sonnets in which all the lines can be rearranged as in a children’s book thus generating more sonnets than it is possible to read in a lifetime.

As a cartoonist, I have found this kind of approach enormously productive. Comics, after all, is a medium founded on constraints. Our very sense of what a comic is—whether a newspaper strip, Sunday page, comic book or web comic—is to a large extent determined by formal characteristics or constraints. Strip length, page size and layout, panel borders, word balloons, decisions about drawing style: these and many other formal considerations are the building blocks from which we create all kinds of work. Taking the cue from Oulipo, I have made comics where each panel visually represents a letter of the alphabet, comics based on poetic structures like haiku and villanelles, and I even devised a “tic tac toe comic” game for two artists in collaboration. My best-known work, 99 Ways to Tell a Story: Exercises in Style (2005) is a one-page comic redrawn 99 times, recast each time in different drawing styles, genres, points of view, and so on.

So, this Oulipo-inspired approach to creation using constraints applies to literature, comics, and virtually all media. In fact, there is a whole network of “ou-x-pos” out there, some of them offshoots of the original group (OuPeinPo, Workshop for Potential Painting), others officially sanctioned “franchises” such as Oubapo, Workshop for Potential Comics (the “ba” coming from the French word for comics, bande dessinée), of which I am a member.

Creating art using constraints is appealing to me on several levels. First and foremost, it’s a way to make the process of creation (and of reading) playful and explorative. You don’t really know where you are going to end up because you are constantly adjusting your expectations as you try to obey some strange rule you’ve set for yourself (and yes, sometimes it’s ok or even necessary to break that rule). Secondly, setting myself rules and obstacles has been useful in helping me to avoid clichés: when we write off the top of our head we rarely come up with fresh ideas; constraints challenge us to work past clichés by putting us in difficult and unfamiliar territory. Constraints are also a great way to get jump started on a new project and to overcome that dreaded fear of a blank page and its vertigo-inducing freedom. When you give yourself a constraint, even a simple one like for example “draw a self-portrait using only straight lines” your focus shifts from anxiety and self-doubt to concrete problem-solving. It’s no guarantee that you’re going to make a great art but it gives you something to wrestle with, a goal to aim for. In the best instances, the final work will surprise you and you will wonder how you ever managed to pull it off.

During my residency, I would like to work with narrative artists in any medium who are interested in exploring constraints as a way of generating art. Comics are my main mode of work but I am also very interested in other kinds of visual narrative, in film/video, and in literature. Maybe you have played around with these kinds of ideas before and would like to delve deeper into constraints and the ideas behind them or maybe this text is the first time you’ve ever heard of Oulipo and their eccentric notions. You’ll find that working with constraints is a flexible approach that will interact with your practice in any number of ways. For some, a constraint might simply be a helpful kick starter for a new project. Others will feel compelled to follow me down the rabbit hole and let the constraint guide and push you through an entire work. I look forward to accompanying you on these different kinds of journeys no matter where they take you.

 Application requirements

  1. A short biography or CV. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  2. A letter of intent, describing what you hope to work on during the residency. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  3. Work samples – (.jpg, .pdf, doc, .docx, – no more than 10mb each)
    > For cartoonists, that’s basically one complete story in the range of 5-10 pages that shows me that you know the basics of storytelling, drawing, and comics layout.
    > For writers that could be a short or very short story (no novels).
    > For filmmakers or playwrights a written scene or ideally a video (online link OK) showing a produced short work.

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page

Ends on January 21, 2018$25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, July 14, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

I welcome the opportunity to explore and discuss the act of creating art music, through discussion with my fellow composers and to listen to and talk about, the music we create. I am fascinated with what inspires composers and the techniques they use in their compositions, and would welcome composers who are interested in discussing these questions, and any other ideas related to them. When I present my own works, I try to describe my personal approach and its intersection with visual arts, as well as my efforts to create a music in which craft and inspiration meet to make something that goes as deeply into expressivity as possible.

I suggest that if you are also a performer, that you bring your instrument, so we can experiment with ideas as they come during our sessions, and try out works in progress together.

Application requirements

Prospective Associates should submit:
1. two representative PDF scores with corresponding sound files (no larger than 15 mb) or web links (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
2. a brief resume (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
3. short bio, 400-word max. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
4. If you are planning on bringing an instrument, a sound file sample of your playing would also be encouraged, if it is to be part of your participation in the residency.

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page

Ends on May 13, 2018$25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, February 18 - March 10, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

Learning about Freedom

This involves the very ambiguous meaning of the word because it can mean on the one hand peace and on the other hand freedom, liberty. That means to do what you want without limitations. So that will be the theme I will work with, together with Associates. I suggest the Associates bring scores and audio or video samples so I can give them a historical view of freedom in art as well as analyze and help them with their scores.

During the residency Isaac Julien and I will be working on a project together based on his upcoming film installation "Rochester / Pictures" where I intend to collaborate with him as composer and live music performer together with an orchestra. We will also discuss this project with our Associates, and how music involves film, television, computer etc.

Associates should bring a smart phone with video recording capabilities so that we can make recordings of any location, and document our curricula from unique personal perspectives. I believe it is important to investigate several perspectives of the same place or event. This is a part of my working philosophy. I would love to make a small concert together with the Associates but I know that it is not in the plan. Anyway, maybe we can do a small thing just for us? If you begin something you should also have an end. As a former Kagel student I know how important little performances are. That is part of my pedagogical concept. In this way, even a coffee machine, a candle, sounds of cooking and somebody having a shower can help us to do something. Because this is the sublimation of reality. Even a little fart in a good wind makes the audience smile.

And to notate a fart in the score is quite difficult! The amplificated fart soloist has to be behind the horn players because their wind waves the smell away. You can imagine how complicated it is to convince the fart soloist, the sound master and the horn players, the orchestra and the conductor. They all have to be convinced that this fart is a sine qua non for the composition. But this is the reality of a transgressive composer like me has to deal with. Little things are very important. This was just a small and joyful example. Looking for freedom.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit the following items in common file formats. Maximum file size is limited to 15 mb.

1. A brief biography (one page) that may include a short artistic statement, information about musical and non-musical background, primary influences, experience, and aspirations. (.doc, .docx, .pdf)

2.  A letter of intent stating your artistic goal(s) or a project to pursue during the residency (what you would like to work on during the residency). (.doc, .docx, .pdf)

3. Please submit up to 20 minutes (total) recordings/video of works - or clearly indicated excerpts of works - along with corresponding scores if available. Please note - For files larger than 15MB, please use a cloud service such as dropbox or google drive to share the files. You can also include links to videos on YouTube, Vimeo or your personal web site. Please submit a document with link(s) that will allow Maria to access the large files or view video.

Recommended items to bring with you
1. A lap top computer
2. A smart phone capable of recording video /audio
3. Scores and audio or video samples (scores may be duplicated, and/or printed at ACA up to 11” x 17“/ approximately 28 cm x 43 cm) 

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page

Ends on May 13, 2018$25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, February 18 - March 10, 2018
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

Residency Statement

I want to work with visual artists and curators whose practice is grounded in filmmaking, video and installation art. They should have a strong interest in cultural studies, historical critique, global politics, the borders between fiction and documentary, and the different narrative possibilities involved in filmmaking. The ideal participant will have an emerging or established career, and will master the techniques and processes involved in film production and exhibition making. I’m interested in working with a diverse group, from various cultural backgrounds.

Application Requirements

Applicants should submit a 500-word letter of intent and ten images representative of their practice.  (.jpg, .pdf, doc, .docx, – no more than 10mb each)

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. For details, please visit the master artist details page.

Application fee: $25

If you have any questions or problems submitting, visit the ACA's How to Apply page