They provide housing, 24-hour access to indoor/outdoor workspace, specialized equipment, technical expertise. Dependent on grant funding, financial aid may be available. Hosting a maximum of five artists at a time, their intimate scale fosters collaboration, collegiality, community engagement, neighborhood participation and individualized attention.
They are responsible for travel, food, own materials, and specialized tools.
Applications are accepted online. They require all of the following to consider your application complete:
Sculpture Space is unique in North America for its service to sculptors who come to Utica, NY to make new work. Artists-in-residence have access to specialized resources available in the Mohawk Valley to make sculpture on a scale which they otherwise might not afford, in a supportive environment conducive to experimentation. Work that is made and first seen in Utica is often exhibited in galleries, museums and sculpture parks worldwide.
The Studio Manager provides ongoing assistance and technical expertise, the Office Manager and Executive Director are available to assist with any other special requirements. Basic understanding and communication skills in English are necessary. Three to four artists are in residence each month; artists are expected to stay for a full two months.
Since 1976, Sculpture Space has helped to support the careers and studio practice of over 500 national and international artists from around the world. As desired, artists and arts professionals (including curators and writers) are invited for informal studio visits. The collaborative environment of the studio and the communal aspects of the residence help foster dialogue, exchange of ideas, creative experimentation and both personal and professional connections. In addition to the CHAIRity fundraiser in September, the public is invited to Works in Progress receptions (held every few months); other visits are arranged by appointment.
Because of Sculpture Space’s long history and presence in Utica, the community is supportive and receptive to site-specific work; in particular, they are interested in projects that realize and expand examples of creative placemaking to their neighborhood and the community.
Artists are required to acknowledge Sculpture Space when works made while in residence are subsequently exhibited or published and must provide high-quality images of works for the website, archives and publications. In addition, they require artists donate an artwork to be sold at their annual CHAIRity Art Auction, held every September, benefitting Sculpture Space’s programming.
Artists live in a newly renovated Sculpture Space-owned apartment located one block from the studio with shared fully-equipped kitchen, bathrooms and laundry. No pets are allowed in the studio or the artists’ apartment. Bicycles are provided; transport for materials purchase and other needs is also available.
The studio is located in downtown Utica, New York, in proximity to light industry and various fabrication shops. The facility consists of 5,500 square feet of open studio, and two 400 square foot private studio for special projects. The space is outfitted with concrete floors, a two ton system of traveling hoists, and extra wide overhead doors. The 3/4 acres of land that surround the building can supplement indoor studio space in the summer. An outdoor work pad is equipped with a 50′ monorail hoist and provides an outdoor exhibition area.
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Located on the site of the old Utica Steam Engine & Boiler Works, in downtown Utica.
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