A Studio Arts Residency at Craigardan is an opportunity for a ceramic artist to be fully immersed in an exquisite environment conducive to making.  We invite applications from artists at any stage in their careers who may seek uninterrupted time to create new work amid the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains.  Reasons for a residency vary:  an artist may wish to develop a portfolio for graduate school, or take a teaching sabbatical, or create a body of work that will kick-start a wholesale or retail studio business.  Artists may wish to gain insight into studio design and development to better prepare for an independent career; or they may simply wish to refresh their day-to-day practice and renew inspiration.  A primary aim of the Residency is to foster an individual’s creative and intellectual growth in a supportive community.  Craigardan encourages the cross-pollination of ideas across disciplines in a unique retreat setting.  Located on 78 acres of mountain and farm, Craigardan offers the beauty of surrounding wilderness that is both accessible and inviting.

Residents have access to well-equipped studios on a thoughtfully designed campus.  Two Residents share the comfortable and modern timber-frame Studiohouse with views across the fields to the mountains.  Artists are encouraged to collaborate with the farm staff and culinary residents, explore the surrounding Adirondack region, and develop mutually beneficial ties to the rural community.


Summer Residency

the Summer Residency is a 3 month [12-week] opportunity within June 1 and August 31

The [subsidized] residency fee is $2,400 and includes:

  • a private bedroom in Studiohouse with shared living areas, bathroom, and laundry room  
  • personal studio space available 24/7 with basic furniture and equipment  
  • shared studio spaces with multiple work areas, a stocked glaze making room, available electric and kick wheels, electric kilns, and a two-chamber Will Ruggles designed wood-firing salt/soda kiln
  • all building utilities and basic internet service
  • weekly farm share of local seasonal produce, meats, and dairy goods from Craigardan and partner farms
  • invitations to weekly community harvest meals
  • open and cost-free participation in all workshops and events at Craigardan
  • a Resident Artist Exhibition at the end of the session, and the opportunity to show and sell work at the Farmhouse Gallery

Requirements:

  • ability to work independently, though access to studio staff and assistance is available
  • familiarity with ceramic studio processes and equipment
  • a BFA or BA with a concentration in ceramics or equivalent experience.  MFA preferred

Summer Residency Teaching Fellowship

Offered to a practicing teacher of ceramics or to a graduate who aspires to a teaching career, the Fellowship provides the time and space for an educator to explore new ideas and to experiment with different materials and techniques in exchange for contributing to the greater Craigardan community. Teaching Fellows lead the Clay Forum, teach ceramics classes, and add to our digital media resources.  The work commitment varies, but averages approximately 15 hours per week.

An applicant is awarded the Fellowship based on the strength of the submitted resume, the letter of intent and an interview.  Teaching Fellows receive all the benefits of a Summer Residency without the fee.

Requirements:

  • ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • excellent communication skills with a willingness to share knowledge and experience
  • familiarity with ceramic studio processes and equipment including glaze-making and the firing of kilns
  • a BFA or BA with a concentration in ceramics or equivalent experience. MFA and/or experience in teaching preferred

Winter Residency 

the Winter Residency is a 9-month [36 week] opportunity between September 1 and May 31.  

Winter at Craigardan provides an unparalleled stretch of quiet, a focused period of time to create dynamic, self-directed work without distraction.  Although we encourage Winter Residents to take advantage of this time and fully immerse themselves in their studio practice, participants may choose to offset their personal expenses with part-time jobs in the nearby towns of Keene, Keene Valley, Lake Placid and Elizabethtown.

The [subsidized] residency fee is $800 per month and includes:

  • a private bedroom in Studiohouse with shared living areas, bathroom, and laundry room  
  • personal studio space available 24/7 with basic furniture and equipment  
  • shared studio spaces with multiple work areas, a stocked glaze-making room; available electric and kick wheels; electric kilns, and a two-chamber Will Ruggles designed wood-firing salt/soda kiln
  • building utilities and basic internet service
  • a Resident Artist Exhibition at the end of the session, and the opportunity to show and sell work at the Farmhouse Gallery

Requirements:

  • ability to work responsibly and independently, as access to staff may not always be available
  • a Studio and Studiohouse security deposit of $800. paid in advance
  • a ruggedness, resourcefulness, and resiliency
  • familiarity with ceramic studio processes and equipment
  • a BFA or BA with a concentration in ceramics or equivalent experience.  MFA preferred.

Winter Residency Teaching Fellowship

Offered to a practicing teacher of ceramics or to a graduate who aspires to a teaching career, the Fellowship provides the time and space for an educator to explore new ideas and to experiment with different materials and techniques in exchange for contributing to the greater Craigardan community. Teaching Fellows lead the clay forum, teach workshops and ceramics classes, and add to our digital media resources.  The work commitment varies: most responsibility in September-October and April-May, very little during November-March, but averaging approximately 15 hours per week.

An applicant is awarded the Fellowship based on the strength of the submitted resume, the letter of intent and an interview.  Teaching Fellows receive all the benefits of a Winter Residency without the fee.

Requirements:

  • ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • excellent communication skills with a willingness to share knowledge and experience
  • familiarity with ceramic studio processes and equipment including glaze-making and the firing of kilns
  • a BFA or BA with a concentration in ceramics or equivalent experience. MFA and/or experience in teaching preferred

PLEASE NOTE:  All Residents are responsible for their own transportation, personal tools, materials, and firings.  All Residents contribute to common housekeeping work in the Studios and in Studiohouse.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a visit to Craigardan prior to submitting an application.

2017 Application:

Summer Residency length:  12-weeks between June 1 and August 31

Application deadline: rolling until positions are filled

Two applicants will be accepted for the Summer Residency

Winter Residency length:  9-months [36 weeks] between September 1 and May 31

Application deadline: rolling until positions are filled

Two applicants will be accepted for the Winter Residency

 

Application must include:

  • Completed Application form
  • Comprehensive Resume
  • Letter of Intent including: how you plan to use your residency, what you hope to contribute to the community, and how a residency at Craigardan will benefit you and your future endeavors
  • 3 references:  2 professional & 1 personal
  • 5-10 images of recent work
  • An image script, which includes the title, medium, size, and date of each image

 Plus…(if interested in applying for the Teaching Fellowship):

  • Complete list of teaching experience
  • 2 or more sample lesson plans that you have taught or would like to teach

 

There is no application fee at this time.  Please contact Michele at Craigardan to learn more about the Residencies.  Complete applications should be emailed to michele@craigardan.org.  Images should be shared via Dropbox to craigardan@gmail.com  Notification will be made via email.