The AiR Roadtrip

The AiR Roadtrip

From Oysterville to New Orleans, an AiR roadtrip.

This issue focuses on the roadtrip: a virtual AiR roadtrip with google streetview from Oysterville on the West Coast to New Orleans on the Gulf Coast. Interested in driving this route yourself? It is 3,967 mi, 64 hours of driving; please see the right column for directions.

(A) On the Sandridge Road

This March Willapa Bay AiR has launched its residency program on 16 acres in coastal southwest Washington State. The Residency has been specifically designed, from the site selection to the architecturally specific building concepts, layouts, and materials, to combine the opportunity for solitude with the opportunity for daily community that fosters creative endeavor.

(B) on the Old Oregon Trail Highway

Signal Fire welcomes applications for our 2014 Residency, Expeditions, and Wide Open Studios courses. Since 2008, Signal Fire has provided opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world. Our projects instill self-reliance, catalyze creative energy, and invite interdisciplinary collaboration. We utilize public lands to advocate for the access to— and protection of— our remaining wild and open places in order to enrich and sustain society.
  • 2014 applications have closed. Be among the first to learn about future trips by joining the email list here.

(C) On Zion Park Blvd
The Zion National Park Artist in Residence program offers professional artists the opportunity to live and work in the majestic desert environment of southern Utah for a period of one month. The works completed during this program contribute to the public understanding and appreciation of Zion National Park and reflect the National Park Service's commitment to the preservation of cultural and natural resources.

(D) On the Utah 224

Spiro Arts is dedicated to supporting the residents in the creation of new works by offering an environment that promotes risk-taking and innovation. Each residency term is approximately six weeks in length, with four to five participants per term. The residencies are fully subsidized: each resident receives shared housing (private room/bath) in a fully furnished condo, ample studio space with 24/7 access, along with a $600.00 (USD) stipend to help defray the cost of food, travel, and materials.

(E) On the National Forest Road Route 3

Grand Canyon National Park’s Artist-in-Residence Program seeks artists whose work is engaged in issues that are relevant to the Park Interpretative Themes, while also challenging the visitor to become an active participant in preservation and environmental and cultural advocacy. Artists in all genres and in all disciplines, contemporary, traditional, or folk who have a genuine interest in contributing to the on-going national discussion on these issues will be of special interest to the program.

(F) On Grand Ave

Elsewhere exists in the heart of the small town of Paonia, Colorado, located at the base of Lamborn Mountain on the western slope of the Rockies - west of Delta, and about 1.5 hours from Grand Junction. The town itself has a population of 1500, but the surrounding mesas hold another 5000. It is surrounded by orchards, farms, and vineyards. Paonia is a community of unique individuals with a strong interest in sustainability. It supports a growing art scene in an inspiring landscape where the desert meets the mountains.

(G) On the U.S. 64

PLAND, Practice Liberating Art through Necessary Dislocation, is a multi-disciplinary organization that supports the development of experimental and research-based projects through a variety of on and off-site programs. Headquartered off-the-grid near Tres Piedras, New Mexico, PLAND is a hands-on, exploratory approach to Do-It-Yourself, alternative living.

(H) On E 2nd St

The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program was established in 1967 to provide professional studio artists with the unique opportunity to concentrate on their work in a supportive, collegial environment for a period of one year. This "gift of time" allows artists to work without distraction in an effort to break new ground and focus on individual goals. The Artist-in-Residence Program serves as a contemporary counterpoint to the traditional arts of the Southwest, reinforces the Program's interest in strengthening the vitality of art in New Mexico and has been a catalyst in broadening community understanding of modern art.

(I) On U.S. 67

The Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program was instituted in 2012 with the aim of supporting the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds, and disciplines. Artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, performance related media and other fine art media are eligible to apply for a residency. The Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for artists from the USA to work in a unique natural environment. Marfa is a small town in a sparsely populated area of far West Texas and artists should be prepared to spend a great portion of their time alone. A residency at Marfa Contemporary is perfect for those artists who seek a quiet environment that remains largely unfettered by industrialism.

(J) On
U.S. 90

Amistad National Recreation Area offers an Artist in Residence program to interested members of the art community. Amistad's program is modeled after many other National Park Service Artist in Residence programs that enhance the beauty and resources of the National Park system. Amistad's program provides an opportunity for artists to experience the subtle beauty of the deserts, shrublands, and canyons of southwest Texas.

(K) On the Stemmons Fwy

CentralTrak accepts applications from all national and international artists: visual, literary, performing and curatorial. Artists or writers working in painting, new media, sculpture, architecture, creative writing, sound art, theory and criticism, dance, music, photography, urbanism, social practices and curatorial enterprises are invited to apply. Residents receive a live/work loft studio with all utilities paid, including internet, for the duration of their stay. CentralTrak does not pay for travel, art supplies or other day-to-day needs. CentralTrak has fellowships for travel through a need-base application process, but can never fully fund travel. They encourage applicants to apply for outside funding through other programs to cover their expenses.

(L) On the Southwest Fwy

The Core Program awards one- and two-year residencies to highly motivated, exceptional visual artists and art scholars who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training but have not yet fully developed a professional career. Established in 1982 within the Glassell School of Art, the teaching wing of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, the Core Program encourages intensive and innovative studio practice as well as the elaboration of an intellectual framework through which to understand that practice. Residents engage in ongoing dialogue with each other and with leading figures in art and criticism who are brought in as visitors. In 1998, the program added critical studies residencies. The program runs on an academic calendar, from September through May. Toward the end of each year, the artist residents mount a group show in the school's main gallery, and the critical studies residents prepare essays summarizing aspects of their independent research.

(M) On N Robertson St.

The May residency seeks artists documenting their contemporary life or environment with explicit intent. Residents should be able to discuss their work concisely and be able to explain their work to other professional artists. The program is designed to be an educational experience for the resident and a documentation of the interaction between the international and New Orleans arts communities.