Surel's Place: Monthlong Artist Residencies

Garden City, ID, United States

Surel’s Place offers month-long residencies in our one-bedroom home with a spacious studio for artists aged 25 and older to focus on their work and their creative processes.

We are located in the heart of the Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District, a vibrant blend of artist studios, single-family homes, new urban condos, wineries and breweries, creative businesses and riverside activity (including a surprising surfing community built around a wave and whitewater park). Though the home and immediate surroundings are quiet and peaceful, the residency is just a short walk along the river to Boise’s downtown core. 

The program is open to visual, literary, multimedia and performance artists of promise and renown: we have hosted painters, sculptors, writers, musicians, composers, filmmakers, choreographers, immersive VR artists and many others. What our artists have in common is a need for a quiet place to create.

Applicants can be at any point in their careers or creative journeys. We recognize the value of process and look to support artists who approach this time with purpose and intention.

We believe artists of all backgrounds and disciplines should be supported and amplified for the  the value they add to our individual and collective lives. We aim to give artists the time, shelter, and professional support their work deserves. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we can offer a stipend of $100 per week for living expenses. 

Contact

PO Bos 2004
Boise, ID 83701
United States

Year Founded
2012
Context
Urban
Residency Structure
Stand-alone
Residency Program Type
Studio-based (with housing)
Community-engaged
Residency Length
1 month - 1 month
Languages
English
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
1
Collaborative Residency
N/A
Discipline
Drawing
Interdisciplinary Arts
Mixed Media
Painting
Printmaking
Sculpture
Visual Arts
Book Arts
Ceramics/Clay Arts/Pottery
Costume/Fashion Design
Digital Fabrication
Fine Metals/Jewelry
Installation Arts
Paper Arts
Textile & Fiber Arts/Weaving
Criticism
Fiction
Literary Nonfiction
Literature
New Genres
Nonfiction
Playwriting
Poetry
Screenwriting
Writing
Choreography
Dance
Performance Art
Theater
Music
Opera
Symphony
Animation
Augmented Reality
Digital Media
Documentary
Electronic Arts
Film
Moving Image
Multimedia Arts
Photography
Sound Art
Virtual Reality
Graphic Design
Illustration
Industrial Design
Architecture
Environmental Arts
Public Art
Storytelling
Companions
Pets are not allowed
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Family Friendly
Spouses/partners allowed for full stay (non-collaborators)
Stage of Career
Any stage of career
Emerging
Mid-career
Established
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Donate a work of art
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Give artist talk or presentation
Lead workshop for the public
How does your residency program support artists?
Opportunity to be in another context
Opportunity to travel
Immersion in new culture and/context
Unstructured time
Art production support
Access to studio space to create new work
Inspiration from natural environment
Inspiration from cultural context
Opportunities to develop relationships with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities to collaborate with local or regional artists/arts organizations
Opportunities for work with the local community
Opportunities to exhibit or perform new work
Additional Eligibility Information

All who complete their applications are reviewed by experienced and accomplished artists in their own discipline. Each independently shares their thoughts and impressions of the candidates, their work, their intention and process, their specific proposals for Surel’s Place, and their access to artistic support and to the amplification of their voices. Surel’s Place staff make final determinations based on these recommendations, availability and timing (there are always more qualified and worthy applicants than we can accommodate). 

We seek to view all decisions through a lens of antiracism. Surel’s Place is committed to eliminating the racist system and structure that has shaped the arts community in Idaho and around the country. We can no longer pretend that saying “Everyone is Welcome” is the same as welcoming every body. We believe that art is a medium of connection, that art can increase understanding of all of the ways it is to be human. We fail if our work only elevates white artists or certain artistic traditions. 

 

Number of Artists Accepted in Most Current Year
9
Total Applicant Pool in Most Current Year
45
Artist Stipend
400
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
300
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
500
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

We ask for a refundable $500 security deposit (waived upon request if artists are unable to pay).

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
0
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application
What does your program provide during the residency experience?
Pre-orientation
Communication before arrival to discuss accommodations, medical conditions, or other health needs
Orientation upon arrival
Contact information and available accommodations for programs, events, and campus
Full description of accessibility on campus
Captions for videos
Links to resources, effective practices, grievance procedures, etc.
Written and or hard copies of text being presented
Accessible seating
Staff/volunteer reading information aloud
Staff/volunteer giving directions
Staff/volunteer providing guidance to help locate facilities or activities
Contact info for accessibility requests for event/programming
Is your campus wheelchair accessible?
Universally designed
ADA Compliant
Additional Accessibility Information

Surel Mitchell herself had a disability and built her home to accommodate the use of a wheelchair. Surel’s Place upholds her legacy and strives to welcome and support artists of all physical abilities. Questions about any needed accommodations? Please contact us at info@surelsplace.org.

 

Caregiver/Aide/PCA
Local arrangements coordinated by resident
Case by case consideration by staff
Accessibility Contact Name
Marne Elmore
Accessibility Contact Email
marne@surelsplace.org
Accessibility Contact Phone Number
How much of the residency experience can artists with limited mobility participate?

Our goal is that 100 percent of the experience is accessible to all. 

Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Accessible Housing
Universally designed
ADA Compliant
Housing for Companion And/or Caregivers
Case by case consideration
Accessible Communal Spaces
Universally designed
ADA Compliant
Additional Housing Information
Access to laundry in housing
WIFI available in housing
Air Conditioned Housing
Heat and Cool control managed by resident
Meals Provided
Residents have access to private kitchen
Computer/Internet Access
Wireless Internet (WIFI)
Ethernet provided in living or studio area
Studios/Facilities Details

At the front of the house, the ADA compliant large studio boasts 15-foot ceilings, a large painting wall, and lots of indirect natural light. The studio also has a large easel and two work tables, one of which spans eight feet, plus ample storage for materials and work.

Studios/Special Equipment
Private Studios
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Dance Studio Without Sprung Floor
Printers + Scanner
Painting Workspace (Oil)
Easels
Printmaking Workspaces
Paper Tearing Table
Large Sinks
Textiles Workspace
Fiber Arts Workspace
Washer And Dryer
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
Universally designed
ADA Compliant
Studio Support/Tech
Studio/facility orientation provided
Studio support provided by staff
On-call Studio support provided
Studios/facilities Details
Air Conditioned
Heat and Cool control access