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Fulbright Silvermine Residency Opportunity

Building on the esteemed reputation of the Silvermine Arts Center, this International Artists-in-Residency Program fosters creative, intellectual and professional growth for emerging and established visual artists. The program is designed to bring residents together with colleagues and masters for intensive focus. Residents have access to professional world-class facilities and studio time, free from everyday pressures. Residents can pursue interdisciplinary projects among a community of working artists, and gain feedback from Silvermine Faculty and prominent Visiting Artists through constructive critiques. The campus setting is specifically designed to aid artists in the production of their work and allow them to take risks and pursue new projects and ideas.

This residency is made possible through a donation to IIE’s Centennial Fund in honor of Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider.

Fulbright Silvermine Residency Details

Residencies of two weeks in duration depending on the artist’s goals are available for the following mediums: ceramics; new media; furniture design/woodworking; painting; drawing; and metal/clay sculpture.

  • Artists are provided 300 sq. ft. of private workspace with abundant natural light and artificial light. The studio is accessible 8 am to 10 pm, 7 days a week for the duration of the residency.
  • Artists have an opportunity to work closely with one of Silvermine’s faculty members as their mentor. Silvermine faculty and visiting artists will offer optional studio visits for open dialogue and critiques.
  • Career mentoring from Silvermine staff is available as part of our residency program. Robin Jaffee Frank (PhD, History of Art, Yale), Director of Strategy, and Roger Mudre, Gallery Director, will be available for conversations about the artist’s project. Roger is responsible for gallery exhibitions and is a practicing artist. Robin is an art historian and award-winning author. Prior to Silvermine, she was Chief Curator at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and a curator of American art at the Yale University Art Gallery.
  • Artists may audit any class or workshop during their residency.
  • Artists have the opportunity to visit art collections at several local museums and galleries.
  • Artists will be encouraged to present an artist talk about their current work and practice.
  • Artists will have the opportunity for their work to be curated in either a solo or group exhibition scheduled at a later date in the Silvermine Galleries.

The dates of the residencies are:

  • 2-weeks June 1-15, 2019
  • 2-weeks January 4-18, 2020

Studio Details

Each studio is equipped with a sink, easel, taborrett, chair, stool, drawing bench, drying rack, wall space and a large table for flat work.

  • Sculpture Studio: Fully equipped with stationary power tools, welding equipment, low-fire electric kiln, as well as bronze casting foundry. Resident training is required to use these studios.
  • Printmaking Studio: Located in the main school building, the press room offers functional space for up to 6 printmakers. The shop is set up for mono-printing, wood block, linoleum, dry point, non-toxic etching and collagraph printing. Resident training is required to use these studios.
  • Darkroom/Digital Lab: The photography studio is fully equipped for black-and-white printing only. Some chemistry is provided by Silvermine, but photographers should bring camera, film and paper. Adjacent to the photography studio is the Digital Lab with 8 brand new Mac computers (and Adobe Creative Suite), printers, scanner and projector. Resident training is required to use these studios.
  • Woodshop: A new woodshop is equipped with state-of-the-art power tools, stationary and hand tools and lathes for woodturning. Resident training is required to use this studio.