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.

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 17 to June 6, 2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2019 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:

Art has the power to make visible that which too often goes unseen and unacknowledged. As a multidisciplinary artist, I am committed to making artwork that has a profound impact on viewers’ understanding—both intellectual and emotional. 

I’m looking to mentor and work with visual artists that combine disciplines within their practice.

The 3 week engagement will also include a workshop that will address strategies to advance your creative practice.  

Application Requirements:

Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; jpeg, .doc, .docx, .pdf). Please, no more than 5 mb per file.
To be considered, please include the following items…


- CV (no more than 3-pages)

- A short (400-800 words) letter of intent. What you would like to do during the residency.

-What are you current goals as an artist? (400-600 words)

- List 2-5 Prior projects description and documentations (websites, etc.). Submit links in a  

separate document. State your role in the project. 

- Send up to 10 images (.jpg)  and/or up to 10 minutes of online video - Please include separate 

document with links to online work (YouTube, Vimeo, web site, etc.) (.doc, .docx, .pdf) 

Please include image description sheet for slides.

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
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 17 to June 6, 2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2019 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 residency is an opportunity for cartoonists/graphic novelists* to focus on their work and interact with accomplished peers. You may be ready to start a new piece, or come with a project that’s already underway. If you plan to come with work-in-progress, please bring work that is not so close to completion that you can’t benefit from critique or suggestion.

We will spend the earlier part of the day working on our projects and join later in the afternoon or evening for group discussion and critique. I’ll also meet regularly with individual artists.

* particularly “auteur” creators; those who are the author of both the images and textual elements of their work.

Application Requirements:
Your materials may be submitted in any of the following common file formats; .pdf, .jpg, .mp4, .mov, .mp3. If your combined files exceed 25 mb, please organize them in one discrete folder shared on dropbox or google drive and send the link with permission to download your submissions.

  1. 3-5 complete comics stories (1-30 pages each) -or- a graphic novel/comic book plus one separate story, 1-15 pages in length). Please compile each story into a single .pdf (don’t submit loose pages).
  2. 2-5 examples of non-comics work, such as painting, sculpture, film, short stories, music, manifestos, performance, academic articles, photography, journalism, etc.
  3. a one-page CV
  4. a one-page description of who you are and how you hope this residency will help you.

Accepted artists should bring the drawing tools they prefer. Please also bring a blank 5” x 7” sketchbook, a laptop, and a camera or other device with which you can take photographs. Bring examples of previous work (printed or projectable).


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 $25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, May 17 to June 6, 2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, December 1, 2019 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 invite composer-performers and creative musicians from all communities to join this workshop. Your existing music and/or works-in-progress will be presented and critiqued for further development; you will also be asked to create new work with and for your fellow participants. We will spend some time studying some examples from the past, to illuminate some questions we may encounter and to help you refine your own work. As you develop new pieces and projects, our collective critical process will focus on musical language, rhythm, form, texture, listening, and the ever-elusive constellation of qualities that we call “musicality.” We will share our work and ideas informally throughout the workshop, and we will present a concert at the end of our time together, featuring your new solo and ensemble music. - V.I.   

Application Requirements:
The admissions process will consider your individual compositions/improvisations/songs/tracks/sound works/performance projects, as well as your potential for collaborations with other participants. An ideal applicant will present a strong individual creative practice and a clear track record of ensemble work, either as a leader or co-performer. Please submit 20-30 minutes of your original music, along with brief descriptions of the included work, and (optional) scores in pdf format if any. Please include a personal statement, discussing the following:  

- What are some of your artistic goals, interests, or concerns? What motivates you?  

- What are you working on now? What are your immediate aims for this workshop? 

- What do you seek to work on with Vijay Iyer, in particular?  

- What does “musicality” mean to you? 

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
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 28 - July 18,  2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 19, 2020 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 look forward to working with musicians and performing artists who transmit emotion over time. I welcome all approaches to structuring creative work that engages with the concept of music, even if the work does not create audible sound. Associates should be prepared to: 1) speak about their own work and their influences; 2) engage in critical dialog about music / sound art / visual music; and 3) discuss more practical concerns such as notation, technical problems, or documentation. During the residency we will also engage in Deep Listening practices to heighten our consciousness of the world of sound and the sound of the world. In addition to group meetings, I will be available for individual artistic/career coaching.  


Application Requirements:

1. A short bio (500 words max, PDF)
2. A statement of any specific goals or interests related to the residency (1000 words max, PDF)
3. 2 recorded work samples (video links or audio) with accompanying scores if appropriate (PDF)
4. Program note or artistic statement about the work (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
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 28 - July 18,  2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 19, 2020 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 look forward to working with writers of unconventional fiction and creative nonfiction. By “unconventional” I do not mean experimental; I mean accessible work that does not concern itself with the conventions of genre, does not worry about including all the right tropes or genre expectations, but creates its own expectations, whether through structure, voice, hybridization of genres, or any other means--work that is distinctive and unique and not an imitation of any other writer’s work. I envision our group spending three weeks in a casual workshop format reading and reacting to Associates’ work, individually and as a group, so that every Associate returns home with a useful insight or two into how to craft work that rises above mere convention. I would like to spend each of the first ten sessions work-shopping one short piece (10 pages or so) from each of two different Associates; this should leave plenty of time for questions and conversation, and will allow each Associate to showcase two different pieces before the final week. That week will be reserved for catching up (if we have failed to get two critiques in per day) and individual meetings with me.

Application Requirements:

Up to ten pages of prose and a brief narrative summary of your publications and writing goals.

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
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, June 28 - July 18,  2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, January 19, 2020 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:

We will draw.
I am interested in drawing as a disciplined process used to search for a solution.
This residency will bring together a group of people who use mark-making as a tool for problem-solving and who use drawing as a way to visualize their thought process. We will use drawing to lead us. This can mean different things for different people, and I welcome varying interpretations. For me, drawing is a linear process of multiple refinements toward a final iconic, symbol-like image. There will not be drawing lessons per se, rather, I will curate a group that will take inspiration in each other’s like-minded approach to drawing. Applicants should come to the residency with their own project or problem to work on.

Application Requirements:

1) A brief personal bio and CV.
2) A description of how drawing fits into your practice.
3) A description of the project or problem you want to work on during the residency.
4) 5-10 images of your 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 $25.00
$25.00

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 11 - 31,  2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 10, 2020 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:
My work interrogates the ruthless editing machine we call “history.” I seek to annotate the cultural record by turning a spotlight on figures swept (or forced) to the margins of public memory. Whatever trace these figures/stories leave is often too incomplete for traditional-form history. Theater may enter those gaps – it does not require a factually unbroken chain. 

So, I source real lives for live performance, but I am not a documentarian. I seek stories that have left enough trace to tantalize but been enough disappeared to offer me permission. I must be honest when accessing other people’s stories, I want to write what I want to write – the moral turf between honoring the fragmentary truth that spurred me and inventing the theatrical container that fulfills me as a “maker” is frighteningly hard to locate.

I am currently two-works along in a multi-play cycle rooted in 15 years: from 1967’s Summer of Love (not everyone’s love) to the first time the American mainstream press printed the word “AIDS” in 1982/3. 15 years in which change barreled forward then reared up in a sudden, panicked, mournful halt.

The first of these works was Radicals In Miniature, a series of textual/sonic odes to personal icons impacting “downtown” (alternative) culture in the late 1970’s/early 80’s. Many were felled by the disease that capped the era. Others couldn’t navigate the winnowing force of the latter 80’s “professionalizing” what were once creative margins. Still others never imagined translating their personal radicalism for public consumption - they disappeared when their “life-performance” ended. 

The second was 217 Boxes Of Dr. Henry Anonymous. In 1972 Dr. John Fryer donned an oversize tuxedo and rubber joke shop mask to become Dr. Henry Anonymous insisting homosexuality was not a mental disease but who was Dr. Fryer? Researching this work, I combed Fryer’s 217-box archive at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, unearthing three figures from his life; asking each to draw a portrait of the man behind the mask.

(Let me interject here to say I categorize Radicals In Miniature as a “piece” and 217 Boxes of Dr. Henry Anonymous as a “play.” I am not hierarchical about these forms, they each have inherent demands and permissions that I enjoy or loathe. I work among them).

I am seeking textual theater artists (playwriting to performance or any self-designated territory in between) who utilize non-fiction history as source material. “History” I am defining as any event that has already transpired – this can include autobiography, oral history, interviews, correspondence, archival sources etc. 

- Where do you sit in a story that (supposedly) isn’t about you?

- What are the moral ramifications of including other people’s lives in your writing? 

- Where do you fit as a generative artist inventing theater amid the pre-existing parameters of a documented inspiration? 

- What is the relationship between the density of “real-life-time” VS what an audience can digest in “performance-time?”

- What do you owe to the specters that inspire you?

- How much of what you know/research/learn about your source material actually needs to be onstage in order to satisfy the need to make visible what has been obscured – and still make theater?

Our actual schedule will depend on who signs up.

I imagine daily individual sessions around material being developed and (perhaps a few times a week) group sessions reading work-in-process followed by moderated discussion.

If individual participants are up for showing work in more extensive formats (ie if we have solo artists who perform their own work) followed by moderated discussion – that will happen too.

I will also share documentation of some of my past works, NOT as ideals, purely as a launch for conversation around inherent challenge, promise and pitfalls. These may offer us the opportunity to all look at the same thing and note our differing perspectives without impacting the feelings of an artist still in process (the works are done so I am no longer vulnerable in that way).

Application Requirements:  

Prospective Associates should send:
1. A bio (one page maximum, PDF)

2. An Artist Statement: what do you write about and why? (one page, PDF)

3. A Residency Statement: goals or interests or aesthetic questions related to the residency and the use of non-fiction source material (one page maximum, PDF)

4. A work sample (20-page PDF or 10-minute video online via link - either be 10 min or provide cuing timing). Please note completion date and any production history.

5. A full-length script (PDF). Please note completion date and any production history.

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
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 11 - 31,  2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 10, 2020 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 am looking forward to working with musicians from all backgrounds to discuss the creative process and performing together in a casual workshop setting. We will primarily focus on strategies that help develop our own sound vocabulary and how to develop personal ways of composing and/or improvising. We will also work together using visual cues, graphic scores, musical game pieces and listening exercises. Various topics will range from listening, making sound, using silence, phraseology, rhythm, acoustics, timbre, ‘chemistry’, inherent character, impressions, performance art, to philosophical conversations.

Application Requirements

1. Letter of intent: What are your goals, interests, problems, questions, expectations, and other notes regarding this residency?

2. What instruments or former experience do you have?

3. A short biography

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
 

Residency Dates: Sunday, October 11 - 31,  2020
Application Deadline: Sunday, May 10, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST
To read the full Master Artist-in-Residence page about this program and its financial aid information, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: Dora García will select four Spanish (citizens) artists and four non-Spanish artists to participate in the residency program. ACA, in partnership with the Cultural Office of the Spanish Embassy (https://www.spainculture.us/) will provide the four Spanish participants with $600 in transportation reimbursements and no charge to attend the residency. All non-Spanish artists may apply for financial assistance.

Residency Statement:
As an artist, I like to challenge received/ conventional ideas on art processes, art production, institutions, and authorship. I enjoy working on the crossovers, intersections, and contaminations of different disciplines, sometimes clearly interconnected, like literature, poetry, cinema and visual arts, sometimes not so easily related, like politics, ecology, history, psychoanalysis, and visual arts. So, I would very much to work with artists of every discipline - not only visual arts- who similarly enjoy Interdisciplinarity, indiscipline, and contamination. Other strong interests of mine more related to working processes are; contexts, site-specificity, popular culture, and audiences. So, the workshop will have an important component of group dynamics (What do we want, as a group?) site specificity (Where are we working?) and the notion of public (For whom are we working, who are we talking to?).

Application Requirements:  
1. Letter of intent - no longer than 500 words, describing your artistic background, current practice, and where you want to go (their future practice). (.pdf, .docx, .doc)  

2. Two images, that can be of your own work, or of something you think represents well your work (.jpeg or .pdf.  -  no more than 5 mb per file.)

Residency Fee:  $900  (Citizens of Spain will not be charged to attend this residency)
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
 

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