The McKnight Artist Residencies consortium is a partnership between the Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) and the McKnight Foundation. The consortium provides McKnight Fellows with residency opportunities at partner residencies. 

Eligible artists will be contacted directly by ACA staff with more information about participating in this program. For 2022 McKnight Fellows, there are more details about your matchmaking process below the FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the McKnight Artist Residencies consortium? 

A: The McKnight Artist Residencies consortium is a partnership between Artist Communities Alliance (ACA) and the McKnight Foundation. Designed to support the McKnight Fellows’ artistic practices, the consortium offers McKnight Fellows a residency experience at a partner residency. Partner residencies receive access to dedicated training and cohort networking to support residency administrators and strengthen their capacity to host artists. 

 

Q: Tell me about the residency being offered to McKnight Fellows. 

A: Through the McKnight Artist Residencies consortium, McKnight Fellows are eligible for one- to two-week residencies at one of a cohort of partner residencies. Artists will receive a residency stipend and travel stipend to support this residency, funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by ACA.

 

Q: What residencies are participating in this program?

A: The list of 2023 participating residencies is linked here! Each year, we select residencies from ACA's member network, with the intention of creating a cohort which serves all disciplines of McKnight Fellows. As such, the slate of residencies changes slightly from year to year. 

 

Q: How will I know what residency I’m going to? 

A: ACA has designed a matchmaking process that pairs you at partner residencies, taking into account your artistic practice, needs, and preferences. McKnight Fellows will fill out a matchmaking profile indicating your residency preferences, accessibility needs, priorities, etc., which will then be shared with participating residencies and ACA staff. Your input is weighed against the residencies’ program and facilities, with the intention of making a match that is mutually beneficial. While we aren’t always able to place artists at their first choice residency, we aim to offer you a residency at a program that is compatible with your needs, desires, and intentions for your time in residence. 

 

Q: Who is eligible for a residency experience through this program?

A: All McKnight Fellows will get the opportunity to attend a residency in the two-year period following their award year. For instance, all McKnight Fellows in the 2022 cohort will be eligible for a residency taking place in 2023-2024. There is no application process - this opportunity is automatically granted to interested McKnight Fellows. 

 

Q: What is the timeline for this program?

A: McKnight Fellows should expect to hear from us directly in the winter after being awarded their fellowships. The timeline for 2022 McKnight Fellows is below; future McKnight Fellows should expect a similar timeline. 

2022 McKnight Fellows will hear directly from ACA in early 2023, with an informational + listening session in early March. ACA will announce the program partners in April, followed by eligible McKnight Fellows receiving information about the matchmaking process and a brief profile to fill out. Artists will then hear about their residency matches in July, and ACA staff will connect artists directly with residency staff to begin scheduling. Residencies will take place before the end of 2024, and artists will receive their residency and travel stipends directly from ACA approximately 6-8 weeks before their scheduled residency start date. 

 

Q: Why a one- to two- week residency?

A: The shorter residency length allows us to offer a residency to more artists, and also provides flexibility for artists for whom a longer residency is less manageable - for instance, artists with caretaking responsibilities, artists with access needs that make it difficult to be away from home, or artists who work a full-time job. We recognize that this is a short residency, and encourage you to think about how you might be able to make the most of this opportunity while also being realistic about what you can achieve within this timeframe. A shorter residency is a great opportunity to explore or refine a new technique, advance your research, or simply rest in a new environment!

 

Q: Can I extend my residency stay to longer than one to two weeks?

A: If it’s mutually agreeable for both you and the residency program, absolutely! That said, we aren’t able to increase your stipend in proportion to the increased residency length. If that’s ok with you and with the residency program, feel free to stay longer than two weeks.

 

Q: What facilities or amenities will I have access to while in residence?

A: That depends on the residency program you’re placed with! We work with a diverse cohort of partner residencies with the intention of meeting the needs of all our McKnight Fellows. While each residency program will offer you a different experience, all participating residencies will be prepared to provide you with housing for the duration of your stay.

 

Q: Can I bring a partner/collaborator/caretaker/child with me to the residency?

A: If you have an access need that necessitates bringing a caretaker with you, we will make arrangements at a residency that can accommodate this. In terms of collaborators or family, we make assessments on a case by case basis depending on your situation and what our residencies are able to accommodate. If bringing a partner, family member, or collaborator is the difference between you being able to have a successful residency, let us know! We make every effort to set you up with a situation that is beneficial, within the parameters of the program. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 

 

Q: What if I have accessibility needs that affect my ability to attend a residency?

A: We provide space for you to communicate your access needs during the matchmaking process. We take access needs very seriously, and are prepared to advocate on your behalf for anything you may need in order to access your residency opportunity. If you have a question or concern, please reach out to grants@artistcommunities.org

 

Q: Who do I contact if I have a question that isn’t answered here?

A: All questions about the McKnight Artist Residencies consortium can be directed to grants@artistcommunities.org.

 

Matchmaking for 2022 McKnight Fellows

ACA has designed a matchmaking process to pair McKnight Fellows with residencies at participating partner residency programs. The matchmaking profile for 2022 McKnight Fellows is linked here, and must be completed by Thursday, May 25th for participation in the program. 

We recommend the following steps in completing your matchmaking profile:

1. Think about what you want from a residency!

  • Ask yourself what you and your practice need this year and next. Is it dedicated studio time? Connection with other artists? Solitude? Time to rest?
  • Bear in mind that this opportunity is for a 1-2 week residency, and adjust your thinking accordingly! You can do a lot in 1-2 weeks, but it may not be enough time to learn a whole new skill from scratch, complete a body of work from start to finish, etc. Some residencies may be able to offer you more time, but it’s not a guarantee.

2. Review the matchmaking profile. You'll be asked for: 

  • Personal info (name, pronouns, identities, McKnight discipline)
  • Preferences regarding residency context/environment
  • Space to note equipment you require
  • Priorities for your residency
  • Special circumstances, access needs
  • Scheduling availability
  • Residency site preferences
  • Work samples

3. Review/research the available residency sites! More information here, including links to residency site profiles on ACA directory.

4. OPTIONAL: Ask questions by emailing grants@artistcommunities.org.

5. OPTIONAL: Come to Office Hours on Zoom on May 11 from 12-1 CT/1-2 ET to talk to ACA staff about your profile + get your questions answered!

6. Complete the matchmaking profile by EOD May 25, 2023!

  • When indicating your residency site preferences, please select 3 - 5 residency sites that you would be excited to attend. If you select only one residency site, we cannot guarantee that it will be a match based on your needs + the residency’s availability. We are working to accommodate all of the McKnight Fellows’ needs and interests, and your flexibility is appreciated!
  • When sharing your work samples, please show a few examples of work that is representative of your current practice or what you might be working on in residency. Residency staff will be reviewing work samples from all participating McKnight Fellows, so keep it brief if you can!
  • Bear in mind that this is not an application in the formal sense; this matchmaking is not about demonstrating merit or artistic excellence, but about giving ACA staff + residency staff a sense of your needs, interests, and practice. Everyone who opts into this program will be offered a residency, so this is not a competition!

7. Receive notification of your residency site in late July.

  • Residencies will review your matchmaking profile
  • ACA will use artist + residency preferences to match you with a residency site

8. Schedule directly with your residency site for a residency by the end of 2024. Once you’ve confirmed your placement, ACA will connect you directly with your residency site to schedule.