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Artist Call -NIAD ART Center’s Fiber Artist Residency

For SF Bay Area artists

NIAD Art Center is pleased to announce it’s first Fiber Artist Residency Program.

The program is intended to bring a pair of working fiber artists into NIAD’s studio to engage our artists in a conversation about contemporary crafts, especially fiber arts.

Many of NIAD’s artists are drawn to work in fiber due to prior experiences creating traditional crafts like quilting, basketry and embroidery. We are looking for two emerging or mid-career artists, working in the contemporary arena of fiber arts, to expand our approach beyond the traditional, while helping our artists to learn some intriguing ways of thinking about contemporary craft.

About NIAD
The National Institute of Art & Disability (NIAD) was founded nearly 30 years ago to provide a visual arts program for people with developmental disabilities to promote creative expression, independence, dignity, and community integration. We continue with the same mission today, supporting 65 adult artists. Within our main building we have studios for ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, mixed media, fiber arts and printmaking. We also maintain three exhibition spaces on site. NIAD artists have shown their work nationally and internationally, and are in numerous museum, corporate and private collections.

Residency Program Details

This residency will be awarded competitively, at no cost, to two Bay Area artists.
We seek applications from emerging and mid-career artists, for whom commuting to Richmond, California is not difficult. This program does cover commuting expenses.
Prior experience working with adult artists with disabilities is not necessary.
Applicants are evaluated by NIAD’s executive director and studio manager. Those selected are offered a teaching stipend of $1,250 for 44 hours of classes.
Pets are not allowed. And smoking is not permitted in the NIAD buildings. Recipients will need to have a background check.

How To Apply

To be considered for this residency, please submit 5 high-resolution jpegs of your work, your resume or exhibition history (including any previous residency experience), and a brief (no more than three paragraphs) explanation of what and how you plan to engage our artists.

If applying as a collaborative team, both or all artists need to submit separate applications along with a joint project proposal. Your work samples may be individual or collaborative. Please indicate in the proposal what requirements you have for workspace.

Submit all materials to Deadline to apply is December 15, 2012.

Recipients will be notified by January 11, 2013. Residency will begin either February 1 or April 1, 2013.

The NIAD Art Center’s Fiber Arts Residency Program is funded by Soroptimist International of Richmond.

NIAD Art Center
Richmond, CA

Contact: Deb Dyer
Phone: 510.620.0290

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