2025 Residency Application – Vashon Artist Residency

Deadline August 23, 2024

Vashon Artist Residency offers artists space and time to create, connect and live in a community of artists on spectacular Vashon Island on the shore of the Salish Sea in Washington State. This opportunity is a self-directed residency and we welcome artists at all stages of a creative career.

We strive to make this opportunity accessible and include artists of varied economic, cultural and geographic backgrounds to stimulate an insightful, respectful and compelling communal experience.

APPLICATION OPENS: Applications for the 2025 year open on June 28, 2024.

DEADLINE: Friday, August 23, 2024 at 11:59 PM (PDT).

ELIGIBILITY: All artists who apply must be a minimum of 21 years of age. Applicants may not be enrolled in a full-time, matriculated, degree program. We strongly recommend applicants have a working knowledge of English. Vashon Artist Residency does not provide language interpreters.

SESSIONS: All sessions are 3.5 weeks long except for Session 1 and Session 8, which are 2-week sessions. We have four artists in each residency session.

EXPECTATIONS: We do not place productivity or public presentation requirements on residents. Artists are free to experiment, research, create new work and rest as they wish. Any work artists make at Vashon Artist Residency will be theirs.

APPLICATION CRITERIA & REVIEW: Invitation to Vashon Artist Residency is based on demonstrated commitment to your artistic practice, the strength of past artwork, the feasibility of residency goals and the ability to co-create a positive communal life and work environment in a rural setting.

Applications are reviewed by a new panel of artists each year. Some panelists are alumni of Vashon Artist Residency and bring knowledge of the facility and location to the review process. Other panelists bring the experience of a discipline, culture or creative practice to the evaluation and conversation.

We request applicants provide the name and email address of one (1) reference who can speak to your ability to live and work in a positive way with others.

APPLICATION FEE: Vashon Artist Residency’s nonrefundable $25 application fee covers our online application system. Applicants unable to pay can request a fee waiver by emailing us, no explanation needed.

DEPOSIT: Upon acceptance, a $100 nonrefundable deposit and a signed Resident Artist Agreement are required to secure your spot. This fee cannot be waived.

SLIDING-SCALE RESIDENCY FEE: We offer a sliding-scale residency fee to accommodate artists of various income levels. The fees are $1,875 for a 3.5-week session and $1,125 for a 2-week session, covering overhead and staffing costs. If you cannot pay the full fee, you can request a waiver for part or all of it in your application.

Acceptance is need-blind; jurors do not see financial information. Your contribution supports our mission and helps ensure the residency’s accessibility for others. Food, supplies, shipping, and travel are the artist’s responsibility.

COLLABORATIONS: If applying as a collaborative team, each artist must submit an individual application. Include a proposal detailing the work your team plans to develop during the residency. Indicate your collaborators in the Applicant Information Section and provide details on your project and living accommodation needs. Work samples should reflect individual work and may include previous collaborative projects.

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified of their application status by late October, 2024.

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