SAW's In House Residencies

Fellow | Emerging Artist | Independent Artist | Intern Artist | Administration Intern

Salem Art Works offers residency options for artists with an emphasis on the diversity of mediums. Whether an Intern Artist,or Fellow, the residency programs allow artists to enhance their work in a creative and supportive environment. Programmatic support includes housing, meals, staff support, and 24 hour access to studio spaces and on-site facilities.

A strong community is at the core of our artist programs. Participation in communal life is meant to foster personal growth through the exchange of ideas and techniques.  Collaboration is manifested during group evening meals prepared by the residents on a rotating cooking schedule, participation in local cultural events, and weekly critiques of past and ongoing work. The nature of the campus, however, allows for both communal and solitary experiences. Artists looking for an introspective retreat may find it throughout the grounds, fields, and forest, or in a camper set back from the campus center.

SAW strives to nurture a continuous stream of creative development through weekly studio visits as well as presentations from resident and visiting artists. Artists are encouraged to reach out to the SAW community during their stay in whatever way they feel is most appropriate in relation to their work.

Orientations are provided for each arriving guest at Salem Art Works. SAW’s staff is here to support the creation of every artist’s work. Artists should never hesitate to ask for help or information regarding facility use or residential concerns. 

Fellow

2015 Fellowship Application

SAW offers a limited number of fellowships to artists of any medium. These residencies vary on average from a few weeks to a few months, depending on the project proposed. SAW selects applicants whose vision will be best realized at Salem Art Works. All proposals must be for new work and must detail how Salem Art Works’ community and unique facilities will assist in the completion of the work.

Fellows are provided with modest room and board, studio space and facility access as well as a stipend of $25 per week. Aside from producing new work, fellowship artists are required to reach out to the community in a way that integrates Salem Art Works and regional participation.  Fellows can fulfill this requirement in a variety of ways the artist sees most appropriate.

Applications for the Fellowship Program have a November 15th, 2014 deadline.

Note: Please have your letter of recommendation sent directly from the person who is recommending you. 

 

Independent Artist

2015 Independent Artist Application

The Independent Artist Residency provides an opportunity for artists or a group of artists to immerse themselves in new projects and ideas in a creative environment, free from everyday pressures. Single artists and groups of any discipline are accepted. During their stay, artists are invited to present their work to the SAW community and to attend weekly on-site studio visits.

The Independent Artist Residency fee is $350 per person per week for up to four months. The fee covers room and board, 24-hour studio space, and access to facilities*. Artists should contact the office to customize each residency to best utilize their time and SAW’s facilities. Artists who wish to work in iron, ceramics or glass will be subject to a material fee.

Applications for the Independent Artist Residencies are accepted on a rolling basis, however space is limited and applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Note: Please have your letter of recommendation sent directly from the person who is recommending you. 

 

Emerging Artist

2015 Emerging Artist Program Application

The Emerging Artist Program (EAP) awards four artists per year with a work exchange residency. In exchange for room, board, studio space and facilities access*, EAPs are required to work 20 hours each week as a shop technician or through general work. Shop technician work includes fixing and maintaining ceramics, iron, glass or blacksmithing studios with instruction from the program director. Knowledge of running a studio is required to fulfill duties as a shop technician. Another way to complete the work exchange is through tasks including grounds keeping, maintenance, gardening, assisting artists, and event preparation.

During their stay, EAPs are asked to make a presentation of their work to the SAW community and are invited to attend weekly on-site studio visits. EAPs are also invited to contribute to SAW’s annual resident artist exhibition.

Session 1: May 28th - July 12th

Session 2: July 19th - October 4th

All EAP applications must be received by February 15th. Artists will be notified of acceptance by March 1st.

Note: Please have your letter of recommendation sent directly from the person who is recommending you. 

Intern Artist

2015 Intern Artist Application 

The Salem Art Works Intern Artist Program is an integral part of SAW. In exchange for 30 hours a week of work, Intern Artists are provided with modest living accommodations (tent platform), board, 24-hour access to studios and facilities*, one workshop for material costs only and the experience of working in an artists’ community.

Typical work for Intern Artists includes gardening, event preparation, gallery upkeep and installation, maintenance of residential facilities, studios and Cary Hill Sculpture Park. Intern Artists are also asked to assist the staff in hosting guests and resident artists. This includes providing orientations, giving tours, and/or assisting workshop instructors.

When Intern Artist Program participants are not working for SAW they are expected to take advantage of the facilities and focus on developing their own work. All participants are required to take part in weekly studio visits as well as give a presentation of their work. Intern Artists are also invited to contribute to SAW’s annual resident artist exhibition.

Session 1: May 28th - July 12th 

Session 2: July 19th - October 4th 

All Intern Artist applications must be received by March 15th. Artists will be notified of acceptance by April 1st.

Note: Please have your letter of recommendation sent directly from the person who is recommending you. 

*Additional fees for GLO glass studio and welding bay apply. Please contact the office if you are interested in a glass residency.

Arts Administration Intern 

 2015 Arts Administration Intern Application

Also within the Intern Artists program is the opportunity to work within the areas of arts administration and arts management. Those choosing to experience the arts administration side of this program work 30 hours a week in the SAW office, working closely with the Associate Director and the Artist Program Coordinator. Responsibilities can include organizational development, web management, bookkeeping, graphic design, media outreach, data entry, office upkeep and giving tours, gallery work, among other tasks.

Session 1: May 28th - July 12th 

Session 2: July 19th - October 4th 

All Arts Administration Intern applications must be received by March 15th. Artists will be notified of acceptance by April 1st.

Note: Please have your letter of recommendation sent directly from the person who is recommending you. 

*Additional fees for GLO glass studio and welding bay apply. Please contact the office if you are interested in a glass residency.


ASSISTANT INTERN COORDINATOR

2015 Assistant Intern Coordinator Application

This program is a chance for an artist use to their leadership skills. The Assistant Intern Coordinator will work under the Intern Coordinator, delegating, tasks, instructions and work to the Intern Artists. The ideal candidate is an artist who possesses interpersonal, organized, Familiarity operating some power equipment and will make safety their priority. 

 

The Assistant Intern Coordinator's responsibilities include:

·       Work with Intern Coordinator to plan and schedule weekly workload for Intern Artists

·       Provide orientations to new residents regarding SAW procedure, facilities, ect.

·       Assist with morning meetings 

·       Assist delegating tasks including grounds and garden upkeep, art facilities/shops maintenance, event preparation, ect.

·       Oversee and work along side, Intern Artists and Intern Coordinator

·       Assist leading weekly critiques and presentations of Interns' artistic endeavors

·       Participate in community responsibilities including cleaning bathrooms, dishes, laundry, ect.

·       Assist with the opening and closing of exhibitions including hanging, lighting, reception

 

Note: Please have your letter of recommendation sent directly from the person who is recommending you.