The Artist-in-Residence Program (AIR) at the Center for Contemporary Printmaking takes place in the recently remodeled Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage. Within this space artists have the opportunity to produce a body of work in a supportive atmosphere for creative growth and development —using traditional as well as innovative printmaking techniques. The intention of the residency is to offer artists uninterrupted time and privacy 24/7 in a well-equipped studio with onsite living accommodations. This residency has proven to be an ideal opportunity for experimentation and collaboration. Artists can add to their work practice, explore new mediums, create an edition, or otherwise advance their printmaking skills. CCP strives to advance outcomes from the residency that stimulate original and inventive work that the artist might not otherwise have attempted absent these amenities.
One of the goals of our residency programs, whether Professional Development or Self-funded, is engaging our local community in an exchange of ideas and techniques. Artists participating in any of CCP’s residencies will have the opportunity to conduct a studio talk or workshop for CCP artists/members and other artists in the Norwalk community and greater New York metropolitan area. CCP will work with the artist to schedule and promote the additional programming through various outreach methods, including social media, to ensure a broad audience.
Residency Experience Summary
Residency Structure and Session Schedule
CCP offers four application-based residencies per year, one during each 3 month session.
Sessions are defined as follows:
- Session 1: December – February
- Session 2: March – May
- Session 3: June – August
- Session 4: September – November
Artists applying may request a one or two week stay during these periods.
To apply for a residency: send the following in an email to AIR@contemprints.org Please attach the following to your email:
- Indicate whether this is for the Professional Development or Self-Funded AIR. If this is Professional Development, please indicate at which school you teach.
- Preferred dates of residency. You may submit a second choice of dates as an alternate. When an artist is accepted, every attempt will be made to accommodate the requested dates.
- A detailed description of proposed activities, please be as specific as possible (one page maximum). We want to know what you want to accomplish during your residency and how the opportunity to come to CCP with its facilities, expertise, and staff experience can benefit your project development and uniquely help grow your printmaking practice. Be forthright and clear about what you want to do and how we can help at a practical level.
A proposed budget, including materials, residency cottage rate, CCP staff printer time, and any other requirements that you would need from our organization. Food expenses and travel to/from the facility should not be included.
a. Iffundingsupportfortheresidencyisrequired,pleaseprovidetheamount required based on the proposed budget and detail those budget items that will require funding (only available for the summer session residency period).
- CV (2 page maximum)
- Five images of recent work related to your proposal . Send jpegs (72 dpi; maximum size per side of 1000 pixels). Do not send a website link in lieu of samples.
- An accompanying image checklist specifying Title, Date, Medium, Dimensions, and Edition
- Two professional references who can speak about your work, provide name, contact information, and relationship/association to you
- An application fee of $35 (check made payable to the Center for Contemporary Printmaking, charge by phone, or Paypal – firstname.lastname@example.org)
When the application is complete and fees received, the artist will receive an email indicating receipt. If you need additional information, please contact us at AIR@contemprints.org.
An interview will be requested of all artists who are accepted into the final round of decision-making. This interview will be conducted via Zoom with representatives of the AIR Committee. Decisions will be made within one month following the Application Due Date
With each application, we ask for a full budget of a resident’s proposed project. Please include “cottage stay” among the line items, as well as estimated time with a Staff Printer.
Cottage Stay: $1500 for 1 week, $1,000 each additional week
Materials and Supplies (plates, paper, etc.): Contact CCP for current pricing
Printer Fees: $65/hour Staff Master Printer, $55/hour Staff Printer Resident artists may work independently or reserve time with one of CCP’s staff printers or professional collaborators on an hourly or daily fee basis.
All residency applications require a $35 application fee.
Funding support is currently only available for the summer session residency period. If you wish to request funding assistance and are applying for the summer residency period, see item #4 in Application Instructions for more information.
RESIDENCY FUNDING METHODS
- Professional Development – Artists teaching at colleges, universities, and high schools throughout the United States are invited to apply for one- or two-week residency based on professional funding guidelines at your institution. This opportunity is meant to further individual artistic objectives in printmaking. CCP will match 50 percent of residency costs to a maximum of $2,500 associated with the AIR. Travel, food, and materials are not covered expenses. The Grace Ross Shanley Education Fund and other secured funds will provide underwriting for the matching funding.
- Self-funding – All costs related to the project and cottage stay will be the responsibility of the artist unless funding assistance through CCP agreed to prior to residency start date.
For details about our facilities and equipment available during residencies, please visit our FACILITIES PAGE, or view the listing on the application.