The Interdisciplinary Residency program is our flagship residency program – started in 2021, we plan to award about 32 Interdisciplinary Residencies annually. Each Interdisciplinary Residency session is designed to support residents who might be: artists, conservation practitioners, researchers, scholars, scientists or writers who are pursuing work inspired by plants, gardens and landscapes. The goal of this program is to provide individuals with the time and space to pursue their own creative projects alongside other residents who may be examining the natural world from different perspectives. By working side by side in a supportive environment, we hope that our residents might experience cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary inspiration.
This program strikes a balance between providing residents the opportunity to socialize with other residents, as well as ample time to work independently. The only requirement of residents is that they attend and help clean-up approximately 3 provided meals per week. Beyond the weekly meals, we trust our residents to use their time as they see best fit, and there will generally be a few optional weekly activities for residents to participate in.
Residents are not required to make work that addresses our site specifically, although we often find that residents who use their time for research and inspiration, are most satisfied with this residency experience.
Residency Experience Summary
We recognize that individuals may be at different stages in their lives when they arrive at a point where a dedicated period of focused activity may be helpful for their work. There is no expectation that residents be at a particular point in their career to apply for this residency. We do, however, expect that residents be considerate, able to live with a housemate who might be in a different stage than themselves, and residents must be interested in interacting with the other members of their cohort, as well as other program participants who might be at OSGF.
We do not allow pets of overnight visitors during the residency. Residents must arrive on the first day of the program, and depart on the last day of the program.
Residents are carefully selected by a multi-round review process in which OSGF staff, residency alumni, and external jurors review and score applications. Residents are ultimately selected by panels of external reviewers, who are established and working in fields or practices relevant to the OSGF mission. The primary criteria for scoring applicants include: an applicant’s current work’s relationship to the OSGF mission; potential of applicant; and quality of work samples.
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unfortunately not able to provide individualized feedback to applicants who are not selected for a residency.
Individuals selected for a 5-week residency receive a $2,000 individual grant, and individuals selected for a 2-week residency receive a $800 individual grant.