This course provides the fundamentals of building a professional artist, writer, or performer's application with the primary aim of applying to residencies. The course begins with an overview of the various artist and writer residencies which are currently available to unsolicited applications, the strengths and weaknesses of artist residency directories, and moves to the basics of jurying and adjudicating applicants from the perspective of the residency.
Throughout four sessions, we will work together to craft your finished application, including classes focused on capturing work through professional photography, editing for visually-captivating and conceptually-potent imagery, developing a succinct and cogent artist statement, fleshing out residency proposals without straying from the core of your practice, attending to each application's unique format requirements (for example, word count, image format, or blind application requests), and building familiarity with the Slideroom and Call for Entry application portals.
Overall, the course aims to provide a toolkit for emerging or established artists who are preparing to submit residency applications in the near future, although anyone curious about the process is welcome to participate.
Christopher Squier is an interdisciplinary artist whose works bridge sculpture, digital imagery, and installation to explore optics and the role of light in contemporary visual culture. As a curator and arts administrator, he has held posts at Embark Gallery, the San Francisco Art Institute's Walter and McBean Galleries, and the CCA Wattis Institute. He has received residencies within the United States and internationally, including at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder, and La Fragua Residency.