Artist in the Community Artist-in-Residence

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Activated: 07/20/2020
Deadline: 09/15/2020
Call Summary
The Currier Museum of Art invites applications for our new social practice artist residency, Artists in the Community, for a residency period beginning in late winter/early spring 2021. The residency program is central to the Currier Museum’s mission of connecting audiences with art and creative thinking. Artists in the Community deepens this mission through an open call to social practice artists who share the goal of impacting people through the transformative power of art. Applications are open until Sept. 15.

The Currier Museum welcomes and encourages proposals from Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) as well as members of the LGBTQI community. The museum does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Applicants must demonstrate a history of social engagement in their artmaking practice and production. Successful applicants will develop an innovative project with tangible outcomes that align with the tenets of their own practice, the mission of the museum, and the needs of the community partner(s) with whom they will collaborate. Artists and small collectives (no more than 3 people) working in any media are eligible to apply.

Project Description
Understanding that partnerships evolve throughout the relationship between artist and organization, we recognize the need for flexibility. Proposals do not need to include fully formed projects; rather, we invite artists to describe the type of issues they plan to address, the impact their previous projects have had, and their working styles. A consideration of how your project could be achieved under anticipated ongoing physical distancing guidelines should also be included. Likewise, applicants may identify specific organizations with whom they are interested in working, or overall issues and themes. Currier staff will contact organizations to assess interest and feasibility. We ask that applicants do not contact potential organizations before being selected.

About the Currier Museum of Art
Focused on Art. Centered in Community. Committed to Inspire.
The Currier Museum of Art is dedicated to connecting people to art. An internationally renowned art museum located in Manchester, New Hampshire, the Currier Museum displays major works from the Renaissance to today, with core strengths in European, American, and contemporary art. The museum is the only in the world with two publicly accessible houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in its collection. The museum operates an active community art school which offers classes to thousands of adults and youths each year. The museum’s innovative social art programs address critical issues faced by the region. The Art of Hope is the first museum-led program for families affected by substance-use disorder, and combines looking, discussion, and artmaking.

About Manchester
The Currier Museum of Art is located in Manchester, New Hampshire. With almost 112,000 residents, it is northern New England’s largest city and the most ethnically and racially diverse. An estimated 80 languages are spoken In the Manchester Public School system. The city has a rich history in textile manufacturing and today is a multi-industry city, home to high-tech, communications, financial services, healthcare, and manufacturing firms. The city is also home to several public and private universities. Manchester has been working to overcome significant challenges in its community for years: more than 1 in 5 of Manchester's children were living at or below 100% of the federal poverty level in 2016, with the highest rates of poverty concentrated within the center city neighborhoods. The city has been a epicenter of the national opioid crisis and has had the largest and most disproportionate occurrence of overdose fatalities in the state, and in turn has developed numerous initiatives to address the issue.

Award Description
The Currier Museum supports resident artists with a stipend, travel allowance, materials budget, and housing in a fully-furnished home. The stipend will be commensurate with the number of weeks the artist will be in residence. In many cases, spouses/children and service animals can accompany resident artists.
  • Artists or collectives of up to three people are eligible to apply.

  • Artists and collectives working in any media are eligible to apply.

  • Artists must be able to commit to at least four continuous weeks in residence between March and April 2021 (longer periods may be broken up and could potentially occur in February or May) at the Currier Museum. Exact dates will be determined with the selected artist.

  • The selected artist must be able to demonstrate they are legally authorized to work in the U.S. We are unable to sponsor visas at this time.
Application Requirements
Work examples: 10
Letter of Interest: 500 word maximum

Instructions for Art Work Submissions
Please submit a combination of 5–10 images or video samples of recent work that represents your current artistic practice and community engagement. These files should be submitted via Dropbox (see instructions below). You may include a short caption document with titles of the artwork and a description of no more than 50 words each. Videos should be no longer than 3 minutes each. Images should be at least 1200 pixels on the longest side at 300 dpi.

Instructions for Letter of Interest
Please submit a letter of interest of no more than 500 words that addresses how you have used your artistic practice to connect with community groups in the past. Please indicate an specific area of need that you are most interested in working to address with your art. Please indicate how many weeks you would like to be in residence (three continuous weeks are required). If you are looking to work with specific populations or services, please indicate that. The Currier Museum of Art staff will facilitate connecting with a community partner for successful applicants. We ask that you do not reach out to community partners at this stage.
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Selection Information
Selection Process
The Artists in the Community artist-in-residence will be selected in fall 2020 by a panel of the Currier Museum’s staff from the curatorial and the community outreach departments.
Selection Criteria
The panel of judges will evaluate the entirety of the application equally: the images of previous work and community outreach as well as the statement of interest. Finalists will be invited for an interview via video conferencing. The applications will also be evaluated according to viable partnerships that the Currier is able to facilitate with community organizations which address an area of need in the Manchester community.
July 20, 2020 application opens for the open call
September 15, 2020 applications close
Sept. 28—Oct. 12, 2020 Video conference Interviews
Oct. 19, 2020 Residency awarded (selected artist(s) have 2 weeks to accept)
March/April 2021 Residency begins [[exact timeline to be determined with the museum and the selected artist]]
Additional Resources
Contact Information
Carol Fabricant
150 Ash Street
Manchester New Hampshire 03104 United States
Submission Instructions
File Sharing Submission Instructions
All applications must be submitted via DropBox. Once you submit an application, you may not submit additional materials. Once your DropBox file is prepared, please share it with All submissions will be confirmed via email.


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