Jentel is on a working cattle ranch 20 miles southeast of Sheridan, Wyoming. The closest airport is in Sheridan (population 15,800) with connections to Denver International Airport. Billings International Airport is 144 miles northwest in Montana and offers multiple carrier service. Residents may arrange for their travel between Billings and Sheridan via Powder River Bus Lines.
Once a week, a staff member will drive residents into Sheridan to buy fresh groceries and other food staples.
Jentel offers an experience to artists in an environment to concentrate on personal creative development.
Application includes a fee of $20. Once awarded a residency, residents forward a deposit of $100 to reserve their month. Residents are responsible for their travel, working materials and personal items during the residency.
The residency award includes a $400 stipend to help defray the costs of food and personal items during the residency.
Jentel has two sessions and two deadlines. All application materials, including contact information, resume, work sample, and reference contacts must be completed online by January 15 for the May 15 - December 13 residencies (notification by March 15) or September 15 for the January 15 - May 13 residencies (notification by November 15).
Jentel welcomes visual artists working in all media and writers working in all genre. Applicants are US citizens or members of the international arts community currently living in the United States. The minimum age is 25 years. Student applications are not accepted.
The quality of the creative work and promise are the basis for selections. Mature, mid-career and emerging artists are encouraged to apply.
Questions about the residency? Call Lynn Reeves, Residency Program Manager at 307-737-2311 Monday - Friday during business hours (MST) 8:00am - 3:00pm.
For technical assistance during the application process, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit with Laurie at 855-467-8264 ext 2. Include your full name and discipline in all correspondence.
The Jentel Artist Residency Program offers a peaceful place to work and achieve personal artistic goals in an unfettered environment. The program provides a resource of time and space for artists to create their best work. Jentel supports artists and writers who are hardworking and serious about their intent, who have proven themselves by publication or solo exhibition or who may not necessarily be well known and who show the ability to articulate a personal vision. The program welcomes artists in all media and writers in all genre.
The main house that provides a comfortable living space with communal areas designed for research, recreation, food preparation and dining and relaxation, as well as a private living area for each resident. Each residence has a private room with generous space for sleeping, relaxing and journaling. All rooms have immediate access to the outdoors and to spaces leading to the common areas. Clusters of common washroom facilities are well spaced for easy access and privacy. The library offers a selection of art books, contemporary fiction and reference books along with Internet access. Times Square, the adjacent recreation room, offers a TV, VCR and video library, a CD player, a few board games and a place to relax.
The artist studios are located in a pole barn, a typical metal ranch outbuilding that is outfitted with ventilation and lighting to accommodate four artists with large, individual 400+ square foot studio spaces. Studios are equipped with two worktables (one on wheels and glass topped at 76 x 34 inches and the other metal topped at 34 x 60 inches), a standard wooden straight back chair, an adjustable stool on wheels, a full length mirror, a day bed, a utility sink with hot and cold water, a small metal trash can, a closed metal cabinet, a paper towel dispenser, broom and dust pan, and good overhead light with both track and fluorescent lights on separate controls. Flat fourteen foot ceilings enhance the spaciousness of the studio. A small single window allows visibility to the outdoors and increases the amount of running, usable wall space (11, 13 and 24 continuous running feet) for two dimensional work.
Jentel is a low tech residency. One studio has a Takach Garfield litho press with a 32 x 48 inch bed suitable for monotypes only. This studio also has a drying rack with fifty 32 x 48 inch racks and roll of 28 inch wide newsprint and is reserved for exclusive use by one resident per session. Assignment of this studio and press is made as part of the initial invitation to Jentel.
Writers using electronic media to create their work need to bring their own hardware and software for use in the studio while at the residency. This includes a printer. Each writer's studio has satellite Internet access. Streaming movies, Netflix, Hulu, broadcasts and Skype further reduce access and speed, so residents are expected to save these activities for in town at the public library or local coffee house. The computer and printer located in the Loft Library in the Residence are for the general use of residents for email and Internet access.
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