Klots International Program for Artists

Klots International Program for Artists

The Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists provides time for uninterrupted work in an inspiring and historic setting made unique by Brittany's extraordinary light, distinctive landscape, and rich cultural traditions. The program awards successful applicants with free housing and studio space in the village of Léhon. Residents are responsible for most meals and incidental expenses. 

The selection committee and program directors seek four to eight artists whose mix of media, approaches, styles, and focus will create a dynamic and collegial community. In particular, we are looking for artists who can use the specific character of our residency experience productively. The setting is perfect, for example, for plein aire painters who will profit from their interaction with the light and landscape, but artists working in all media are encouraged to submit applications that demonstrate how the residency will significantly enhance and strengthen their practice. The Residency is open to all practicing visual artists regardless of affiliation or citizenship who are not students at the time of application.

Visual artists may apply as individuals or as artist-couples. Each member of an artist-couple must apply and be accepted individually. Both members of an accepted artist-couple must attend in order for either artist to attend. 

The residency provides free lodging and studio space. Residents are responsible for the cost of travel, most meals, materials, and personal expenses. The residency provides uninterrupted time to work. Although residents are encouraged to explore Brittany's beautiful landscape, Neolithic monuments, historic sites, museums, and villages as an aid to further their work, any extended travel requiring an overnight stay must take place before or after the Residency.

Residents are guests in France and should be courteous in all encounters with the French hosts. Residents may not bring children or invite children to visit during the Residency. Residents may not invite guests to visit during the Residency. No pets. The residency facilities are smoke-free.

Residents are expected to respect the privacy of others, especially when they are working. The Residency abides by the Maryland Institute College of Art's policies on sexual harassment and the use of illegal substances. The residency assumes no responsibility for medical care or for repatriation as the result of a medical emergency. The residency requires artists to acknowledge the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists by name when they exhibit or publish work undertaken during the Residency.

Residents must show, install, and deinstall work completed and in progress during their residency in the Abbey exhibition space. Work sold from the residency exhibition is subject to a 40% gallery fee paid to Maryland Institute College of Art. The residency reserves the right to change these policies without warning.

Deadline for applying is 1st February 2019. Required Application Material (see Application Form for details):

  • A letter of intent
  • An up-to-date resume
  • 12 de-identified JPEG images of representative work (artists who wish to submit video must contact the program directors in advance of the submission deadline)
  • Letters of recommendation may be requested during the application process

Any application that includes images containing information that identifies the artist will be rejected without consideration.