Printmaking Artist-In-Residence Program
The Center for Contemporary Printmaking (CCP) Residency Program offers Artists-in-Residence the unique opportunity to live and work inside the recently remodeled Helen Frankenthaler Printmaking Cottage. Within this space artists can produce a body of work in a supportive atmosphere that fosters creative growth and development, for traditional as well as innovative printmaking techniques.
The intention of the residency is to offer artists one to two weeks of uninterrupted, 24/7 time and privacy 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-in-residence will have the opportunity to conduct a studio talk or workshop for 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.
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Residency Program Information
Residency Program 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: Winter (December – February)
- Session 2: Spring (March – May)
- Session 3: Summer (June – August)
- Session 4: Fall (September – November)
Artists applying may request a one or two week stay during these periods.
To apply for a residency, please visit the CCP website and apply online:
Prepare the following materials ahead-of-time for submission via the online form:
- A detailed Project Proposal. Please be as specific as possible (500 word 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. If you are applying for CCP funding support for the residency, please provide the amount required based on the proposed budget and detail those budget items that will require funding. (CCP-funded residencies are only available for the summer session.)
- CV (2 page maximum) and Artist Bio (250 words)
- Seven-ten images of recent work related to your proposal (jpgs, 5MB max each), with 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
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, $1000 each additional week
Materials and Supplies (plates, paper, etc.) CCP can supply these if needed. Email email@example.com 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.
CCP funding support is currently only available for the summer session residency period.
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-funded – All costs related to the project and cottage stay will be the responsibility of the artist.
- CCP funded – In an attempt to expand opportunities for artists who may not have other funding, CCP has offered to underwrite funding for artists applying to Session 3 (Summer) only. Artists with other funding are not excluded from applying to Session 3.
Housing & Accomodation
Studio & Facilities
CCP’s Studio Equipment and Facilities
HELEN FRANKENTHALER PRINTMAKING COTTAGE
Studio: Takach 39”x73” motorized etching press, American French Tool 24”x48” etching press, paper bath, overhead ventilation, light table, hotplate, print drying rack.
Residence: Bedroom with full size bed, living area with cable television, full kitchen with range, oven, coffeemaker, microwave, toaster, and refrigerator, bathroom with shower, washer and dryer, Wifi throughout.
Papermaking room: Paper mill (paper pulp beater), hydraulic press, litho stone storage, stone carts, and litho stone graining sink.
Lithography studio: Griffin 32.5”x56” lithography press, Sturgis 16”x40” cast iron combination etching and book press, registration punch table, print drying rack.
Etching studio: Charles Brand 32”x53” etching press, Takach 18”x36” etching press, paper bath, ferric chloride etching facilities, overhead ventilation and ventilation hoods, hot plates, print drying rack, light tables, flammable and corrosive chemical storage areas.
Aquatint room: Rosin box for up to 38”x57” plates, metal shear
Member’s Studio: Charles Brand 24”x46” etching press, Martech 28”x 48” etching press, Charles Brand 28”x50” etching press, silkscreen washout closet with power washer, 20” Kutrimmer, light table, paper bath, 11”x17” toner copier, keyholder member storage, flammable chemical storage cabinet.
Darkroom: Olec overhead UV exposure unit, Nuarc 22”x26” overhead UV exposure unit, Polylite 46”x46” vacuum top exposure unit, silkscreen storage and coating area.
Computer lab: 24” Epson Stylus Pro 7600 inkjet printer, iMac 21.5” Retina 4k with Photoshop and Lightroom, Epson Perfection V700 8.5”x11” scanner, 8.5” x11” laser printer.
For more details about our facilities and equipment available during residencies, please visit our website.