PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program dedicated to offering visual artists, writers, performers, designers, and other creative individuals time and space to investigate and pursue their own practices. Additionally, it serves as a platform for experimentation and provocation by catalyzing conversation and collaboration with various Muncie communities. PlySpace facilitates various opportunities for residents to engage with the public through partnership and programming that is tailored to their area of interest.
Each resident will propose a personal project as well as a project to be completed in partnership with a community collaborator. PlySpace will work with both parties to encourage a successful and fulfilling collaboration. For more information on community partners and collaborations, take a look at the Community Collaborators page on our website.
PO Box #488
Muncie, IN 47308
Residency Program Information
Residency Program Summary
Selected residents will be offered one of two types of residency. The type of residency offered will be determined by the Admissions Panel and Final Selection Committee during the admissions process. All residencies include living space in PlySpace and studio space.
PlySpace Residents will be offered living quarters, studio amenities, and will be paired with a community collaborator based on their personal and collaborative project proposals and interests. Residents are expected to complete a public talk about their work and complete a project in partnership with their Community Collaborator. Resident Artists will have full access to the PlySpace studio spaces as well as limited access to the School of Art (SOA) facilities at Ball State University. They will receive a $500 travel stipend and a $500 food stipend for their residency period, between 4 and 12 weeks.
PlySpace Resident Fellows will be offered living quarters, studio amenities, and will be paired with the Ball State University School of Art as their community collaborator. Resident Fellows are expected to conduct multiple public programs connected to their practice through their partnership with the SOA. Resident Fellows will have access to the SOA facilities necessary to complete their projects as well as the PlySpace studio spaces. Resident Fellows will receive a $1000 stipend provided by PlySpace to be used for travel and living expenses and up to $2000 in funding toward their proposed collaborative project and supplies. Resident Fellows must plan a 9 to 12 week residency stay.
Three individual or collective applicants will be accepted for each residency term (one PlySpace Resident Fellow and two PlySpace Residents).
PlySpace welcomes both emerging and established artists and creatives from a variety of disciplines. Applicants should be dedicated practitioners in their field and able to work safely and independently for the entire residency period to which they are assigned. Applicants should not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application and must be over 21 years of age. In order to expand and complement the creative resources available within the city of Muncie, Indiana, admission preference will be given to applicants who live and work outside of Delaware County, Indiana. Applicants can submit one application per term.
PlySpace encourages artists and creatives of all backgrounds to apply for admission. PlySpace does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.
Collective teams of 2-3 individuals can be accommodated and are encouraged to apply. Please submit a combined application and portfolio detailing work that you have produced as a team. PlySpace can admit one collective group for any single residency term. If you require anything other than separate living space and shared studio space, you should indicate this in your proposal. We will assume that collaborative groups will need separate spaces for living. Unfortunately, we can only offer one studio space per application, so collective groups will need to share a single studio.
International applicants are welcome to apply; however, please be aware that all programming is conducted in English and will not have a translator. Applicants must be able to communicate in English with enough fluency to complete their community collaborative projects. International applicants must be able to make their own travel plans to and from Muncie, Indiana, and obtain all necessary Visas and travel documentation as required by their home country and the U.S. The $500 travel stipend is not available for travel outside of the U.S. PlySpace cannot waive application fees for international applicants and does not have additional funding to provide international applicants outside of the stipend amounts listed above.
Applicants with Disabilities or Service Animals
Applicants with disabilities should contact PlySpace at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss accommodation options prior to submitting an application.
PlySpace Residents will receive a $500 travel stipend and a $500 food stipend for their residency period, between 4 and 12 weeks.
PlySpace Resident Fellows will receive a $1000 stipend provided by PlySpace to be used for travel and living expenses and up to $2000 in funding toward their proposed collaborative project and supplies. Resident Fellows must plan a 9 to 12 week residency stay.
PlySpace is committed to being open and accessible to all artists. We are eager to work with you directly to ensure we will be able to meet your needs.
The residency is currently located in the Emily Kimbrough District of Muncie, IN near downtown. Living and dining spaces are communal with private bedrooms. Studio spaces are private and located in a nearby community center.
The residency is comprised of one main building that houses the gallery, administrative offices, and communal artist living space. Residents regularly travel between the community center, Ball State University, and the downtown Muncie area for meals, to use facilities, or participate in workshops, performances, or other activities during the session.
While the main floor of the building is wheelchair accessible, the communal living space is located on the second floor that is only accessible by stairs.
There is a staff person “on-call” at all times to provide assistance to residents including shuttles around campus, assistance with basic navigation, and emergency assistance if necessary.
The majority of our facilities are ground-floor accessible. The majority of the common areas including our kitchen, main gallery, laundry room, and administrative offices are wheelchair accessible.
We are prepared to produce or facilitate accommodations such as large print materials, wheelchair ramps, travel assistance, adjusted sleeping accommodations, and any other actions that our staff are reasonably able to fulfill.
Service animals can be accommodated on a case by case basis. All service animals must have up to date paperwork and a current vet check and flea treatment.
We are prepared to produce or facilitate accommodations as requested that our staff are reasonably able to fulfill
Artists who are unable to navigate stairs will not be comfortable residing at the house. We are prepared to facilitate alternative sleeping/living accommodation requests that our staff are reasonably able to fulfill.
The artist living space is in a historic building and has a staircase to the bedrooms and common spaces on the second floor.
Housing & Accomodation
All residents and fellows will be provided with accommodations on the second floor of PlySpace, a post-victorian house built in 1916, in the Emily Kimbrough Historic District of downtown Muncie, Indiana. The living quarters will include a private bedroom, private or shared bath, a shared living space, shared laundry facilities, and a shared full kitchen. Meals are not provided as part of the residency, though there will be a group dinner once a month hosted by a PlySpace affiliate.
The lower level of PlySpace is home to the offices for the Muncie Arts and Culture Council as well as PlySpace project and exhibition space. The living quarters have a private entrance which is separate from the public areas and designed to offer artists quiet, personal space within a vibrant artist environment. All spaces have both air conditioning and heating. PlySpace is within walking or biking distance of numerous bars, restaurants, cafes, stores, outdoor parks, recreational trails, and Ball State University.
Studio & Facilities
The studios are located in private rooms on the second floor of the community center located across the street. The second floor is accessible by stairs, elevator, and freight elevator with assistance from the building manager. The floors are concrete, and the building was formerly used as a garment factory. Each artist is designated to one studio.