Applications for an Artist-in-Residence position are available on the School’s website and can be submitted at any time throughout the calendar year. Applications must be submitted to Access Arts at least six weeks before the desired start date of the residency. Artists for the program are selected on the quality of their work and the level of their community involvement. The ideal candidate should have an MFA, be pursuing such a degree, or able to demonstrate competency in a particular area of art.
Artist-in-Residence applications will be reviewed and selected by the Artists-in-Residence Committee. The committee will include two members of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director, and the Head Instructor of the specific department the artist is applying to.
School of Service began in 1971, and has grown steadily since, evolving into the Access Arts program of today. Their mission is to provide creative learning experiences for everyone. They offer instruction in a variety of art media, with an emphasis on serving those who are underserved.
At Access Arts, the Artist-in-residence program is intended to be a mutually-beneficial arrangement where artists have the chance to explore their craft, and the students have access to a working artist. For artists who have received advanced training and education, they provide time, space and facilities for a more focused studio practice. The artist has the opportunity to develop their work, access to a built-in audience, and a chance to strengthen their demonstration and teaching skills. In return, artists are expected to teach classes, help represent Access Arts in the community, and to be available to assist the program in other ways. Specific responsibilities will depend on the individual and which program they participate in. Residencies are available in most of the programs offered by Access Arts, but particularly in Ceramics and Fibers, the two largest programs.
The residence area provided for the Ceramics Master resident is a cozy two‐room apartment within the studio rental building. It has a private entrance off of a small sheltered yard with mature trees surrounding. The yard would be perfect for gardening, grilling, creating art, or just relaxing/reading in the open air. There’s a large bedroom/study, and an even larger kitchen/work area with a sink, counters, and storage areas. A small refrigerator and microwave are provided. South‐facing windows provide moderate natural light in addition to overhead fixtures.
The campus is in a quiet, pleasant neighborhood, convenient to parks, multiple stores and businesses, and about a mile from downtown Columbia, the University of Missouri, Columbia College and Stephens College. There is plenty of free parking, and the city bus stops across the street.
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