Call for Applicants: Art Kibbutz Summer Residency on Governor’s Island

6 Apr

1405229686Art Kibbutz Summer Residency
Governor’s Island, New York City
May 26 – September 10, 2015

Art Kibbutz’s Summer Residency will take place in a former army officer’s mansion embedded in the midst of Governor’s Island’s picturesque landscapes, waterfront views, and unique historic architecture. With studios for visual artists, writers, poets, composers, performing artists and a presentation/exhibition space, the building is a welcome place for artists and the public alike.

From May 26 to September 10, Art Kibbutz’s Summer Residency will offer a shared, multidisciplinary space where artists can experience a retreat-style residency just a short ferry ride from the frenetic buzz of New York City. While on Governor’s Island, artists can create new works and develop their practice, drawing inspiration from the unique location, as well as the community of fellow artists-in-residence. Art Kibbutz and artists-in-residence welcomes visitors on Sundays to enjoy the Governor’s Island Open Studios events, lectures, artist talks, meet the artists and learn about their work.

During the annual River To River festival, Governor’s Island Art Fair and Figment Festival, Art Kibbutz will activate other sites on Governor’s Island; and will welcome visitors to enjoy live performance and visual art installations in this stunning parkland setting.

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What Art Kibbutz Summer Residency can provide to artists in residence:

1. Jewish Community Building and Networking Space: Art Kibbutz’s summer location is a hub where ideas are explored and interaction occurs. Participants are invited to weekly meetings with a variety of Jewish teachers, organizational leaders, and NYC cultural producers for individual critiques and presentations. Participants can also enjoy Shabbat experiences, potluck dinners and personalized learning opportunities. Activities are designed to generate meaningful Jewish connections, and artistic dialogue.

2. Supportive work environment: Art Kibbutz provides artists with a collaborative environment, time, and studio space to create art that others in the Jewish community (and beyond) will be able to view and learn from. A unique aspect of our residency is the opportunity to grow both a network of peers, curators, presenters, editors, and other Jewish arts professionals working in and around New York City and to share work with new audiences.

3. Exposure:
 Art Kibbutz artists in residence are offered various presentation possibilities. The general public is invited to attend Open Studios to visit your studio and learn more about your process and work. Open Studio events are promoted as part of Art Kibbutz’s calendar of public engagement events. Our location on Governor’s Island, a NYC summer hotspot, offers exposure to 7,000 visitors who visit the island each weekend. Several outstanding summer programs take place on Governor’s Island including Figment Festival, River to River Festival, Governor’s Island Art Fair, our neighbors include outstanding cultural organizations such as the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Resident artists are announced annually and listed on Art Kibbutz’s website as well as featured on other digital communication channels.

4. Community Service and Learning: This summer Art Kibbutz offers the opportunity for residents to revisit their relationship to money and the land in the context of Jewish art. During Session I artists we will partner with Hazon, the Jewish organization dedicated to sustainability, to provide an opportunity to reinterpret the Biblically mandated “Shmita-Year” tradition, of an agricultural sabbatical, when agriculture and commerce were simultaneously re-adjusted to enable a more equitable, just and healthy society, economy and environment. It is an opportunity for rest and release for the Jewish community. Artists who wish to work on other topics are welcome to apply – there is no set theme during Session II.

May 26 – June 8
June 9 – June 23
June 24 – July 6
July 7 – July 20

July 20 – August 6
August 7 – August 23
August 24 – September 10

The program seeks applications from dedicated artists who create artwork of any medium of exceptional quality, and whose work and career are at a level to benefit from an international exchange with peers. Art Kibbutz is looking for artists who wish to explore the most important conversations about economic, environmental, and social conditions in a 21st century Jewish context. This program will provide time and space for at least two weeks of residency (and up to 1 month of residency).

– Summer Studio Residency on Governor’s Island
– May – September in min. 2 week sessions
– Jewish learning and community engagement opportunities
– Two Sessions. Session I: Shmita: Opportunity to reinterpret your, society’s and the environment’s relationship to money and the land in the context of Jewish art. Session II: No set theme
– Inclusion in the Art Kibbutz Open Studios on Sundays
– Presentation of work on Governor’s Island

– Artists from the United Sates and abroad
– Artists must be 18 years or older
– Jewish and non-Jewish
– Any medium

May 1, 2015 for Session I
May 15, 2015 for Session II (***please note that the space availability for Session II will be confirmed by Governor’s Island Trust Fund only by April)

Each resident will have a private or shared studio space based on need and first come first serve basis. There will be larger presentation and meeting spaces available for everyone. Individual studio spaces are approximately 150–300 square feet, equipped with a desk, chair, and basic overhead lighting, access to kitchen.

Please note:
– There are NO medium or technique-specific facilities like a woodshop or media lab
– Artists must provide their own tools; some restrictions apply
– Artists could provide their own air conditioners

Art Kibbutz Summer Residency operates in a unique, temporarily vacant, minimally adapted space. Our philosophy is to provide a low-key but affordable space to artists that is run by our team of volunteer peer artists. Governor’s Island is only accessible by ferry that runs from Manhattan and Brooklyn, at regular business hours (free for residents). Studios are not open to the public, with the exception of planned Open Studio events on Sundays.

Art Kibbutz does not provide living arrangement for this program. Art Kibbutz volunteers will do their best to work with visiting artists to find hosts in the community, room rentals or affordable hotel rooms, but all participants are responsible for securing their own housing a reasonable distance from the studios for the duration of their participation in the program.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling-basis. You will find out if you have been accepted no later than May 7th, 2015. If accepted, you will sign the residency contract, pay a $100 security deposit and the residency fee of $400 for 2 weeks or $650 a month. Art Kibbutz offers a limited number of work exchange scholarships, but our philosophy is that everyone has to contribute to our community according to their abilities.

Applicants are reviewed by Evaluation Committee comprised of arts and literary professionals and artists, including:
Susan Tumarkin Goodman (Curator New York Jewish Museum), Susan Chevlowe (Curator Derfner Judaica Art Museum), Isaac Zablocki (Director of Film Programs at the JCC in Manhattan), Cynthia Beth Rubin digital media artist (Chair of ACM-SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community), Irene Jaievsky, Art Curator (Buenos Aires Women Museum-Argentina), Paul Solomon photographer (Western Michigan University), Asherah Cinnamon artist, Elisa Pritzker artist (chair), David Chack (Association for Jewish Theatre), Leah Caroline artist (chair), Tamas Revesz photographer (Ecovision, WordPress), Noaj Sauer (artist), Patricia Eszter Margit.

The application process includes a number of questions which are intended to prompt you to think about and describe the kinds of work that you might undertake at Art Kibbutz. Please answer these questions thoughtfully. You have the option of saving a draft version of the application prior to submission.

The application costs $18. It also requires work samples which are an equally important aspect of the review.

Please sign up for our upcoming info session on April 16th at 6PM PTD to learn more about the residency, the application process and ask your questions – click here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

You can access our online application HERE.
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