For All Sessions in 2018
Application Deadline EXTENDED!
Through This Friday, February 16, 2018
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for instructions to receive a possible fee reduction.
Spaces are limited. Our selection committee evaluates all
applications for selection as they are received.

These unique instructional residencies offer competitive professional opportunities for emerging and mid-career, national and international artists age 22 and over.
Artist-in-Residence Luis Figueroa (Venezuela)
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Peruvian territory has been home to some of the oldest civilizations in the world, including the Inca Empire who culturally influenced the South American continent. With the violent invasion of Europeans in the 16th century, the whole region was thrown into unprecedented turmoil. From the first encounters between the peoples of the Andes and European conquerors, artifacts were exchanged and treasures were looted, and such massive event in history produced new objects, images, and challenged every definition in art.
The Spanish colonization of the Americas, and especially the efforts to convert the native populations to Catholicism set in motion complex historical dynamics involving contestations and negotiations of power. As a result of the encounters, a very rich material culture developed in the Andean region, completely transforming the course of art not only in the Americas but also in Europe and Asia. Near the Urubamba Valley, the ancient city of Cusco and former capital of the Inca Empire became a prominent artistic center, and although it was imagined as the first in the Americas systematically teaching European techniques, it quickly developed it’s own artistic language by drawing from the pre-Columbian past to position itself within the Spanish notions of power and nobility.
The Peruvian Arts Instructional Artist Residencies acknowledge the rich heritage and complex history of the artistic traditions of Peru. From a wide variety of art techniques and splendid iconography, such as the remarkable use of gold leaf designs on painting in the brocateado (meaning "brocade," a style used to show luxurious cloth garments), and the use of local artistic traditions and the principles of polychrome sculpture, this residency offers two different programs each one with a specific focus in painting or sculpture. These programs offer a more nuanced perspective and comprehensive content, connecting a wide variety of contemporary art practices with Peru’s, and especially Cusco’s, vast artistic heritage.
Each program is offered at a term of 3 weeks and includes a 27-hour course of the chosen focus. Courses are taught by a Peruvian master artist/art restorer. Instruction is in Spanish.
Artist-in-Residence Corina Lemmer (South Africa)
Terms of 3 weeks, with option to extend for 1 to 9 more weeks as a self-directed Art Production Residency. Dates are not predetermined but are nominated by the applicant.
Technique Instruction:
  • 27 hours master instruction (9 hours per week)
Staff Support:
  • Each resident meets weekly with our staff for individualized research assistance/resources, project guidance, and critiques
Accommodation and Meals:
  • Furnished, private bedroom
  • Meals and 24-hour access to stocked kitchen and dining room
  • Wireless Internet
  • Shared bathrooms with modern fixtures and showers
  • Housekeeping
Studio Workspace:
  • 24-hour access to large and bright, shared art studio with generous natural light
  • Personal workspace with large table and wall space
  • Some tools provided
  • Materials and supplies for the instructional course provided
  • Materials and supplies for additional project production are not included but are available for purchase locally
  • Access to special facilities (such as our partnered museums and studios) provided

E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for fee and application deadlines for this program.

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