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Fall

Artists' Residency

Visiting Artist:

TBA

Guest Speaker:

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September 3 - 10, 2024

Application Deadline: June 1

In an inspirational setting far removed from the distractions of daily life, CIAR's 2024 Fall Residency Program will offer visual artists focussed time and a uniquely supportive natural and human environment to develop their work. On a small island off the coast of Massachusetts, CIAR will host a group of twelve artists to use the island itself as their studio. Living together in the historic Avalon Inn, the residents are invited to welcome nature into their artistic practice, as they create work inspired by their coastal surroundings, trade ideas, and learn from each other. Residents will build insight and camaraderie as they sit down to meals together, cooked by CIAR's wonderful chef. Click on the links below to learn more about the residency and how to apply.

 

In 2023, renowned figurative and landscape painter, Mario Robinson joined as the Visiting Artist, giving a slide talk about his work and sharing his expertise with the resident artists as he worked alongside them on his own projects. Artist, gallerist, curator, and arts professional, Matthew Deleget gave a lecture and Q and A session providing tools for building a sustainable art career.

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Facilities and Media

Cost

Scholarships

Sample Schedule

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Apply
Apply

Applications for the Fall Residency Program can be filled out on Submittable. Applications open March 1st and are due June 1st. Click the button below to begin the application. 

 

* Please note that, given the ongoing uncertainty of Covid-19 and the communal setting at CIAR, we require all participants to be fully vaccinated and boosted before attending the residency. We will continue to follow the CDC and Massachusetts recommendations as the pandemic evolves, and we will update participants if there are any changes.*

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Facilities
Facilities and Media

CIAR accepts visual artists working in all mediums. We encourage applicants who will benefit from nature as a tool in their creative process, especially those who will use the unique natural environment of Cuttyhunk Island as their studios. Our facilities are conducive to artists with a portable studio practice, an ability to work on projects with easy set-up and break-down methods. Artists may also set up temporary work spaces on our large wraparound, covered porch overlooking Vineyard Sound. We also see this time as a way for artists to wander, think, and sketch. The beautiful nature trails and quiet beaches offer a sense of escape from our busy lives. On Cuttyhunk, one can forget what day of the week it is and leave the house without keys, wallets, phones.

 

Examples of work methods supported by our facilities:

  • drawing

  • painting

  • collage

  • small sculpture projects (not needing special tools or shop space)

  • photography

  • video

 

Feel free to email cuttyhunkartists@gmail.com with questions about our facilities and what to expect.

 

We recommend that you bring a laptop and thumb drive with examples of your work. This will be helpful to show the visiting artists your work and gather feedback. Previous participants have also enjoyed sharing their work in 10 minute slide presentations to the group. 

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Cost
Cost

Participants can select two options for their time on Cuttyhunk, with cost based on room choice:

  • Shared room for $1,850

  • Single room for $2,500

CIAR program costs include:

  • accommodation at the Avalon Inn (including all linens and towel).  Read more here.

  • three daily meals prepared by our chef

  • visiting artist talk

  • access to Cuttyhunk Island, including use of golf carts at the Avalon

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the residency, including their ferry tickets and luggage from New Bedford, MA. Please take these costs into account when budgeting for the experience.

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Scholarshis
Scholarships

Cuttyhunk Island Artists' Residency accepts visual artists working in any medium with exceptional quality of work and who show profound commitment to their practice. 

 

A full scholarship covers the entire cost of residency including tuition, housing, and all meals. All participants will need to provide for their own transportation to and from Cuttyhunk, whether or not they receive a scholarship. **Please note that scholarship recipients will be placed in a shared room accommodation.** 

The Open Merit S​cholarship is given to an artist based on artistic merit and covers the full residency cost.


The Wellspring Scholarship is given to an artist who is also a parent with a child under the age of 18 yrs and covers the full residency cost.


​The Paul Cuffe Scholarship, named for Cuttyhunk’s historic resident, is dedicated to an artist of color and covers the full residency cost.


Partial / Work-Study Scholarship offers a reduced residency cost in exchange for working up to one hour each day with our wonderful kitchen crew (usually washing pots). Amount of award will depend on the number of recipients. 

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Sample Schedule
Sample Schedule

(Participation in scheduled activities is optional)

 

Day 1 

9:00 am - Ferry from New Bedford

10:00am - Arrive to Cuttyhunk!

10:30am - Welcome meeting and introduction on the front porch

11:30am - Tour of the house and grounds

12:30–1:30pm - Lunch

3:00pm - Walking tour around the island (good footwear recommended)

4:00pm - Afternoon work time

6:15pm - Social “hour” in the living room

6:30pm - Dinner

10:00pm - Quiet hours

 

Day 2 

7:30am - Coffee and tea

8:00–9:30am - Buffet style breakfast, morning work time

12:30–1:30pm - Buffet style, take-away lunch; afternoon work time

6:15pm - Social hour

6:30pm - Dinner

7:45pm - Resident Slide Presentations

10:00pm - Quiet hours

 

Day 3

7:30am - Coffee and tea

8:00–9:30am - Buffet style breakfast, morning work time

12:30–1:30pm - Buffet style, take-away lunch

6:15pm - Social hour

6:30 pm - Dinner

7:45pm - Resident Slide Presentations

10:00pm - Quiet hours

 

Day 4 

7:30am - Coffee and tea

8:00–9:30am - Buffet style breakfast, morning work time

12:30–1:30pm - Buffet style, take-away lunch

6:15pm - Social hour

6:30pm - Dinner

7:45pm - Visiting Artist Talk (members of the community invited)

10:00pm - Quiet hours

 

Day 5 

7:30am - Coffee and tea

8:00–9:30am - Buffet style breakfast, morning work time

11:30am - Visiting Professional Practice talk in the living room

6:15pm - Social hour

6:30pm - Dinner

7:45pm - Night walk

10:00pm - Quiet hours

 

Day 6

7:30am - Coffee and tea

10:00 - 11:00am - Brunch

2:30pm - Meet to set up art show on front porch. Please come with your works ready (including prices if you want to sell your work)

4:30 - 6:30pm - Art show and happy hour on the porch

6:30pm - Dinner, information about departure day

10:00pm - Quiet hours

 

Day 7

7:30 am - Coffee and tea

8:00 am - Buffet style breakfast, pack up

10:00 am - Bedroom needs to vacated; cleaning staff arrives

12:00 pm - Lunch

2:00pm - Meet on back porch to load truck with luggage and head down to the ferry

3:00pm - Ferry departs Cuttyhunk - Farewell!

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