Last week I received an exciting email in my inbox:
We’re pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to ISLAND’s Hill House Artist Residency Program. The jury was impressed with your work, and you seem like a great fit with the program.”
Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND)
Those of you who are not artists or performers may be stopping at this point to ask yourself, “What is a residency?”
Basically, artists’ residencies (also called artists’ communities, colonies, retreats, workspaces, and studio collectives) provide dedicated time and space for creative work. It allows an artist to focus only on their artistic passions – free from the stresses and demands of daily responsibilities.
The goal of the Hill House Residency is to support talented emerging songwriters, writers, and non-studio artists with a two, three or four week stay in a semi-secluded log cabin near East Jordan, Michigan. The home includes a well stocked kitchen, a selection of instruments and some basic recording gear for musicians, as well as opportunities for community exchange through performance, readings and workshops (should an artist desire to conduct one).
ISLAND is a non-profit arts and ecology center dedicated to connecting people with nature, art and community, located near Bellaire, Michigan.
One of my main objectives of applying for this residency is to prepare a new body of work for the upcoming 2012 ArtPrize competition. The theme of my work will be From the Shores. The goal is to capture very unique perspectives and objects literally from the water’s edge throughout the state of Michigan. Additionally, the beautiful area around Intermediate Lake, Torch Lake and East Jordan will allow me to document loons, eagles, wildlife, local scenery and interesting historic landscapes found throughout that region of the state.
Stay tuned as I share more about my upcoming residency and work towards securing a venue for 2012 ArtPrize!
Additionally, ISLAND is currently working to set up a date for at the Bellaire Community Hall on Tuesday, June 12, 2012 so we may host a community photo presentation of my work. Please watch my Event calendar for details on the exact time.