EAF14: ARTIST RESIDENCY & EXHIBITION
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2014 EMERGING ARTIST FELLOWSHIPS
DEADLINE: TUESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2014, 11:59PM
RESIDENCY: MAY 2014 – SEPTEMBER 2014
EXHIBITION: SEPTEMBER 2014 - MARCH 2015
Helpful Documents to Get You Started:
- PDF of this Call for Proposals
- List of Equipment Available
- Link to Online Application
Beginning October 24, 2013, Socrates Sculpture Park is accepting proposals for the Emerging Artist Fellowship (EAF), an annual program that selects 15 artists for the opportunity to produce and exhibit a large scale site-specific sculpture or installation in the park. Specifically, Socrates is seeking proposals that respond to the complexities of park’s unique history and location as a waterfront in an urban environment, either through a conceptual or formal relationship.
EAF recipients will receive a $5,000 production grant to support their project, as well as a four-month studio residency that includes 24/7 access to the resources and fabrication facilities of the park’s outdoor studio. The completed work will become part of a public exhibition, opening in early September 2014. Administrative support for additional fundraising, securing in-kind contributions, and promoting your project may also be available. An electronic publication will accompany the exhibition and program.
The EAF program is based on a competitive, open application process. Complete applications received by the deadline (January 7, 2014) will be reviewed by the Socrates exhibition department and two curatorial advisors consisting of prominent curators, artists, writers, gallerists, or arts administrators. Fifteen artists will be selected for the 2014 program. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit Socrates, a unique waterfront park located in an industrial area of Long Island City, Queens, before submitting their applications and to explore Socrates’ website to learn about the history and context of the organization and program archive.
Competitive applications will demonstrate a strong physical and/or conceptual connection to the site’s rugged, urban outdoor environment. Visiting the site will give applicants a clearer idea of the factors that effect installations at the park, as well as an overview of the facilities that the Park has to offer, including the tools and equipment available in the studio and the materials and resources available in Long Island City. Following the recommendations of the curatorial advisors, Socrates staff will contact applicants individually to further discuss proposed projects before confirming the final selection in March 2014. Selected projects are subject to final approval by Socrates staff and must meet safety requirements to be able to withstand the effects of weather and public use.
Upon selection, Socrates staff members will meet with each Fellow to further develop project proposals and begin to assist with the development, engineering, and fabrication of the work. An orientation for all 15 Fellows will take place in late April/early May, followed by individual progress meetings that will take place throughout the studio residency. These meetings are meant to assess progress, troubleshoot issues, and review the project timeline for a September opening.
Fellowships are awarded to artists who:
- are not yet well established;
- are New York State residents; and
- are in need of financial assistance.
Artists who are enrolled in a school, college, or university are not eligible for the Emerging Artist Fellowship program. Artists who have applied before (but never shown at Socrates) are eligible to apply again.
Applications will only be accepted online. The application form must be completed and submitted at once (i.e., you cannot save your work and return to it later). We highly recommend preparing the information and documents listed below BEFORE beginning your online submission.
Applicants must provide the following information 1) name; 2) date of birth; 3) place of birth; 4) mailing address; 5) telephone number; and 6) email address. You may also indicate your 8a) gender; and 8b) ethnicity, though this is optional. Please indicate 9) whether you previously submitted a proposal to Socrates Sculpture Park; and 10) whether you are currently based in New York City.
2. CURRENT RESUME AND REFERENCES
Resume should include information about your education; exhibition history; awards, grants, and residencies; and details of any published writings, reviews, or catalogues about your work. Please provide the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two people who are familiar with your work.
3. IMAGE LIST
A numbered list that corresponds to each of the 10 submitted images. For each image, include the title, date, materials, and dimensions. A two-sentence description of each work is optional.
4. TEN (10) DIGITAL IMAGES (JPEG ONLY, 1MB MAX)
Images should reflect recent work, particularly work that relates to your proposal for Socrates Sculpture Park. These images are in addition to any images, renderings, etc. submitted in Section 5. DO NOT SUBMIT VIDEO OR AUDIO FILES. FILES MUST BE IN JPEG FORMAT AND LESS THAN 1MB
You may submit up to two specific proposals or versions of the same proposal with your application. A written description (no more than 900 words) is mandatory and should detail the work that you would like to produce and exhibit at Socrates Sculpture Park. This written description should focus on the following: 1) overall concept; 2) use of materials; 3) how proposed project is related to the site; 4) how proposed project fits into your artistic practice; and 5) how submitted images of past work relate to your proposal. The proposal should address plans for the reuse, recycling, and dispersal of all material used in the project. Drawings, plans, or renderings are optional, though strongly encouraged.
SUBMITTING YOUR ONLINE APPLICATION
Once you have gathered the information described above, you are ready to begin uploading your application. Socrates Sculpture Park uses a free online platform called Wufoo, which you can access by clicking below.
EAF14 is made possible by the generous support of our funders, including the Jerome Foundation, the New York Community Trust, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
This program is also funded, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Socrates Sculpture Park’s Exhibition Program is also supported by the generosity of: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Charina Endowment Fund, Lambent Foundation, Mark di Suvero, Agnes Gund, the Henry Luce Foundation, the Thomas W. Smith Foundation, and Spacetime C.C.