Oak Spring Garden Foundation: 2023 Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence

Associated Residency Program

This is our most prestigious artist award and is open to visual artists, literary artists, dancers, and musicians. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a two-to-eight-week stay at Oak Spring. This fellowship will be granted to an exceptional artist who shows remarkable promise to contribute to a deeper understanding of the natural world, and humankind’s place in it.

The individual selected for this award will be asked to spend 2 - 8 weeks at Oak Spring where they will be able to meet with staff, explore our 700-acre landscape and our efforts in sustainable land management, and visit our rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art.  The Fellow will have ample time and space to work independently on their own projects during their stay. The only requirement during their time at Oak Spring will be to give one 45-minute presentation with time for questions, to Oak Spring staff and any other fellows or residents who might be on site.

Deadline
Residency Length
2 weeks - 8 weeks
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
6
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Discipline
Drawing
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Fiction
Journalism
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Dance
Music
Opera
Symphony
Documentary
Electronic Arts
Film
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Photography
Sound Art
Illustration
Architecture
Environmental Arts
Landscape Architecture
Public Art
Social Practice
Biology
Ecology
Environmentalism/Conservation
Science
Art History
History
Companions
N/A
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
N/A
Stage of Career
Emerging
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Give artist talk or presentation
Accessible Housing
Inaccessible
Meals Provided
Some meals (at least 2 meals provided)
Residents have access to shared kitchen
Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Inaccessible
Type of Housing
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
Additional Eligibility Information

Eligible applicants must be early-career artists not enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in the year they are awarded. The successful Fellow must be self-directed and able to work independently while on site. Applicants are expected to show dedication to their artistic practice, clear connection to the natural world in their work, exceptional promise, and good communication skills.

The application portal opens annually in winter/spring, and closes in early summer.  To apply, please visit: https://osgf.submittable.com/submit/215042/2023-residency-and-fellowship-opportunities You will be asked to submit:

  1. a resume/curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages),
  2. a 200 - 300-word statement on your artistic practice,
  3. a statement of 200 - 300 words stating how your work relates to Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s mission to “perpetuate and share the gifts of Rachel (“Bunny”) Lambert Mellon, including her residence, garden, estate and the Oak Spring Garden Library, to serve the public interest. OSGF is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being,”
  4. work samples

    For visual artists: 5 - 10 images, please include the dimensions, year, medium, and title of each work sample. 
    For creative non-fiction, fiction, essayists, or other writers: 7 - 10 pages total that demonstrate your current interests. Please use 12-point font, 1-inch margins, and double-space your writing sample.  Do not include photocopies of published work, title pages, tables of contents or HYPERLINKS.  Please be sure to state the genre of the work sample.
    For time-based artists, including: filmmakers, musicians, dancers, and performance artists: 10 minutes cumulatively of work samples.  OSGF encourages video files to be uploaded directly to Submittable, but when necessary, we also accept links to vimeo or other external sites as long as the appropriate passwords are provided.
    For poets and playwrights: you may submit 7 - 10 pages total.  Poetry may be spaced as needed, and scripts should follow standard script formatting. 

NOTE: When applying to this fellowship, you will be asked if you are interested in being considered for one of our other residencies, if you are not selected for the fellowship. To learn more about our residencies, visit www.osgf.org/residencies.

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
1
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
400
Artist Stipend
0
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
0
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
0
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
10000
US Dollar (USD)
Grant/Scholarship/Other Funding Support Details

The Eliza Moore Fellow will receive a $10,000 individual grant.

Application Fee
0
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application