October 1, 2018 – May 15, 2019
Disciplines: Writing, Ceramics, Fiber Arts/Textiles, Fine Art Jewelry, Sculpture/Blacksmithing, Independent Residency
The Mendocino Art Center’s Artists in Residence (AIR) Program provides a community-based environment that facilitates educational and individual artistic growth.
The AIR program brings emerging and established artists to this unique art center in rural Northern California. It provides time and space for AIRs to develop their work in a primary field, and, if desired, expand their experience in other art disciplines and associated pursuits.
The AIR program provides a community-based environment that facilitates educational and individual artistic growth at the Mendocino Art Center (MAC). The MAC is a unique place for AIRs to follow studio pursuits in Ceramics, Textiles/Fiber Arts, Fine Arts, Jewelry, Sculpture and Blacksmithing. In addition, we offer residencies outside of studio work, including a Writer-In- Residence program and Independent Residencies. We encourage people interested in more than one discipline to apply.
The AIR program was developed to bring emerging and established artists to this unique art center in rural Northern California. It provides time and space for AIRs to develop their work in a primary field, and, if desired, expand their experience in other art disciplines and associated pursuits. We welcome applicants, for example, interested in film, video, social media, art marketing and arts administration.
Residency Term: Generally, the MAC residency year extends from October 1, 2016 to May 16, 2017, although longer terms may be available. If shorter terms are desired, these may be pursued under the auspices of MAC’s Creative Retreats Program (independent work in studios), Visiting Artist Program (by request and/or invitation), or potential internships.
The experience of living and working at MAC is shaped in many ways by its small town coastal location and by the singularly unique nature of its diverse facility. At MAC, we strive to provide an enriching experience that promotes an awareness of the arts with a global consciousness. The shared experiences and exposure to critical ideas between AIRs, MAC Education Department staff and studio managers, local artists, writers and others, heightens a collective understanding of the variable approaches to creating art across a spectrum of studio practices.
Many of our resident artists come to MAC during a significant point of transition in their careers. Whether moving on from an undergraduate to a graduate program, from one residency to another, or during a period of experimentation and refinement, this program is geared toward helping artists reach their goals.
We encourage MAC artists to pursue endeavors beyond the studio by seeking out group and solo exhibitions or, in the case of writer residents, readings and book signing events. Every year in April, AIRs exhibit work accomplished at MAC in the Main Gallery.
AIRs are given the opportunity to take classes while here with scholarships available for most offerings.
For complete information on MAC’s history, instructors, visiting artists, previous residents and current classes, please visit www.mendocinoartcenter.org.
The program welcomes self-motivated, focused individuals working in traditional or non-traditional studio arts, and independent creative endeavors, from mixed media to writing. Applicants should hold a BA, BFA, MFA or life equivalency representing an established foundation of knowledge and body of work in their respective discipline. The primary basis for selection is the strength and quality of the applicant’s work. (See Residency application requirements)
Artist residents must also have a clear objective for the time of their residency and be willing to live and work as part of a close-knit community. A successful residency depends in part on expectations consistent with what MAC has to offer. Applicants with no prior connection to MAC are strongly encouraged to visit or take a class before applying for the program. For specific questions, potential applicants are advised to contact the Education Department staff specific to their studio practice or the Education Director with respect to Independent Residency.
MAC Artists in Residence may re-apply for a second year residency.
Expectations and Opportunities:
The AIR program affords the opportunity to work within a community of artists who are actively creating art, while sharing in growth, challenges, personal refinements, as well as small and large victories.
*Studios (see below for specific Department/Studio information)
The Art Center has studios dedicated to Ceramics (electric, gas, atmospheric and wood kilns), Fine Art, Textiles/Fiber Arts, Jewelry, Sculpture/Blacksmithing (small foundry). Depending on the field of endeavor and the number of AIRs, studio space may be shared with other artists. Residents will be responsible for purchase of their own materials and fuel consumption based on departmental pricings. Studio facilities fees are included in the monthly housing rates. Each resident is asked to leave one significant work for our studio and permanent collection at the end of their residency, if applicable.
All Residents are required to live on MAC campus for the full term of their residency in furnished apartments provided by MAC. Please note that pets are not allowed in the apartments. Rental rates for residents are based on occupancy.
Monthly Rental Rates:
Single/Private Apartment- $745 per month
Double Occupancy/Private Apartment – $395 per resident
Shared apartment- $550 per month
Rent is due on the first day of each month.
MAC’s Departmental Contact and Studio Information
Independent Residency : (ex: Social Media, Marketing, Arts Administration)
Karen Bowers Education Director/AIR Program
707 937-5818 x11
Evan Hobart Ceramics