Red Star Residency programs at Belger Crane yard studios

Belger Crane Yard Studios continues to host national and international artists through its Red Star Residency program. A residency provides ceramic artists the opportunity to expand their body of work or create a special project that may be outside the scope of their routine studio practice. The residency program gives driven, self-directed artists opportunities for rigorous professional development and enhanced self-sufficiency practices. Within the studio community, resident artists engage in constructive dialogue and immerse themselves in their work. Residents foster the development of the studio’s creative environment and create outreach opportunities within the local community. Outreach opportunities include teaching classes or workshops, giving public presentations, and critiques. Through community involvement, residents create educational opportunities for the appreciation and critical understanding of ceramics, thus employing and evolving Belger Crane Yard Studios as an innovative, artistic resource.

We begin accepting applications for our Artist in Residence program in January, for residencies beginning in August/September. Scroll down for information about our different residency programs and how to apply.

 
 
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FOUNDATION RESIDENCY

This residency program is open to artists looking to further their artistic and professional careers and gain experience in a working studio environment. In addition to artistic development, residents will learn about the operation of a large studio by contributing to the studio’s daily maintenance. Responsibilities may include mixing glazes, firing kilns, and ensuring the studio is kept neat and orderly. This residency is ideal for artists who have recently completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees, who thrive in a shared, communal studio environment, and are preparing for the next step in their professional pursuits.

Term: 1-year, with one 6 to 12 month renewal option.

Requirements:
• Recently completed undergraduate or graduate degree
• Submission of the following items:
- Completed application form
- CV and Artist Statement
- Letter of intent outlining why you selected Red Star Residency, a specific project to be completed during the Residency period and what you hope to gain from being a Foundation Resident.
- 15-20 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
- Image list that corresponds with the digital images
- Two Letters of Reference (which can be mailed separately)

Responsibilities:
• Contribute to the maintenance and productivity of the studio environment, including assisting with firings, cleaning and/or other up-keep during 12 hours of weekly monitoring shifts; 
• Aid and advise studio members with inquiries; 
• Participate in studio-sustaining activities through design, production or education.
• Donate a small work to the BCYS collection.

Benefits:
• Resident shared studio space with personal storage
• Materials credit and discounts on supplies from Crane Yard Clay
• Firing credit and discounted firing rates
• Mentoring in the operation of a working clay studio
• An exhibition at the end of the residency term
• Opportunities to participate in the development of the following:
- Production/Distribution of designs
- Catalog Creation
- Essays
- Exhibitions

 
 Career Resident alumna, Jana Evans

Career Resident alumna, Jana Evans

 

Career Resident

This residency is reserved for artists with five years of professional experience. The artist who is ready to establish a solid foundation for the continuation of their work and help Red Star realize its greater vision for the arts, will excel in this position. In addition to supporting residents in the development of their body of work, Red Star provides support in special projects such as publications, product development, or curatorial endeavors. The long-term resident has access to a small private studio.

Term:• 1 year, with annual reviews and renewal to a maximum of 5 years.

Requirements:
• Working as a professional artist for at least 5 years
• Submission of the following items:
- Completed application form
- CV and Artist statement
- Letter of intent outlining why you selected the Red Star Residency, a specific project to be completed during the Residency period and how you would contribute to BCYS and its mission.
- Three professional references, with current contact information
- 15-20 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
- Image list

Responsibilities:
• Responsibilities include the following:
- Public outreach events
- Mentoring and critiquing fellow residents and studio members
- Contribute to the sustainability of BCYS. This may include through an exhibition of work, product development, and studio sales.
- Donate a small work to the BCYS collection.

Benefits:
• Resident shared studio space with personal storage
• Materials credit and discounts on supplies from Crane Yard Clay
• Firing credit and discounted firing rates

 
 Tom Bartel working in Studio. February 2017

Tom Bartel working in Studio. February 2017

FELLOWSHIP RESIDENCY

This residency is for mid-career artists looking for opportunities for professional development in their body of work or areas such as technical and conceptual exploration.  Ideal for faculty on sabbatical or professional looking for a new perspective, this residency offers a brief but focused incubation in a community studio environment.

Term:• 1 to 6 months

Requirements:
• Five years of experience as a professional artist
• Submission of the following items:
- Completed application form
- Personal Statement
- CV and Artist Statement
- 10-15 digital images saved in JPEG format at 300dpi
- Image list that corresponds with the digital images
- Written proposal with clearly articulated goals for the Residency period

Responsibilities:
• Donate a piece to the BCYS Collection;
• Community interaction through at least one of the following:
- Workshop
- Artist Talk
- Mentoring
- Artist critiques

Benefits:
• Large Semi-Private Studio space
• Discounted Materials and Firings
• Exhibition Opportunity
• Furnished Housing during the residency term.