The Skinny on the
Artists-in-Residence Program

February 9, 2016

Posted In: Anderson Ranch General

Q&A with Program Chair, Liz Ferrill

Applications for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 Artists-in-Residence Program are due Monday, February 15 (that’s pretty soon!). If you are still debating on whether or not to apply, read this quick and informative Q&A with Program Chair, Liz Ferrill. She offers the inside scoop on applicants’ frequently asked questions.

Q: Do you have to work on a specific project in order to be considered for the Artists-in-Residence Program?
A: Every applicant proposes a project for the residency so that we have a good idea of what will be taking place and what kind of facilities and equipment are needed. However, artists often change their minds by the time they arrive. I’ve had printmakers come and ask, “Is it okay if I just draw?” Yes, that is fine, and the residency highly encourages experimentation. We ask that artists make work within the frame of their proposal, but we are certainly flexible.

Q: What kind of dynamic exists between emerging and established artists in the program?
A: The dialogue between emerging and established artists in our residency is very exciting. An emerging artist can really have an energizing impact on an established artist, challenging the creative process. Established artists often serve as mentors to emerging artists as well, particularly in the area of expanding professional goals. But most of all, having an emerging artist work alongside an established resident creates a dynamic, diverse atmosphere and rich experience for all.

Q: How are Visiting Critics associated with the residency?
A: The Ranch hosts two Visiting Critics for a couple of days during each residency (fall and spring), and they really immerse themselves into the Ranch community during this time. Critics visit individual studios, give a lecture and have dinner with the residents in the evenings. We usually welcome a professional artist as well as a writer, curator or critic to give varied feedback.

Q: What happens when artists complete their residency at Anderson Ranch?
A: Artists leave the Ranch post-residency with a valuable network of new friends and peers with whom they often maintain tight bonds for years to come. I’ve known residents to meet up as a group in other cities, at conferences, and for studio visits and exhibitions. I think the network of community that is created during the residency might be the most valuable outcome.

Q: How’s the food?
A: We are known for our fantastic food! We make sure our residents are well fed in order to have the energy to work hard in the studio. Our cafe staff often work with organic and local ingredients, and there is always a meat, vegetarian and gluten-free option.

Did we pique your interest? Please visit our Artists-in-Residence page to learn more about the program and to apply online.

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