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PlySpace Fall 2020 Artist Residency Seeks Applicants

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PlySpace Fall 2020 Artist Residency Seeks Applicants



PlySpace Artist Residency in Muncie, Indiana is seeking applicants for Residents and Resident Fellows.

***NOTE***:  There is a $25 ($40 if submitted during the last 7 days of the submission window) application fee for this opportunity. Artists should carefully consider whether applying to programs with application fees is consistent with their own personal practice.

Residency funding: RESIDENTS: 4-12 weeks free living space, free studio space, $500 travel stipend, $500 living stipend. RESIDENT FELLOWS: all resident benefits for 9-12 weeks plus a $2,000 supply stipend.
Eligibility: Emerging and established artists over 21 from outside of Delaware County, Indiana
Deadline: 03/01/2020 11:59 PM Central Time

Project Description

PlySpace is an artist-in-residence program in Muncie, Indiana, that is dedicated to offering visual artists, writers, performers, designers, and other creative individuals time and space to investigate and pursue their own practices. Additionally, it serves as a platform for experimentation and provocation by catalyzing conversation and collaboration with various Muncie communities. PlySpace facilitates opportunities for residents to engage with the public through partnership and programming that is tailored to their area of interest. PlySpace is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

While exploring their personal creative practice, each resident is also expected to work with a community collaborative partner and complete a community-based project while in residence. This experience is meant to benefit the resident as well as the community of Muncie. The community project proposal is part of the application process, and projects should take up 5-10 hours of time per week in residence. For detailed information about the community collaboration aspect of the program, please see the website (

PlySpace is pleased to support practitioners in a variety of creative fields and facilitate access to a wide range of media-specific equipment and facility accommodations for individuals and teams working in areas including, but not limited, to painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, glass, metals, ceramics, performance, photography, video/film, time-based media, writing, poetry, theatre, non-object based practice, and social practice. All residents will have provisional access to the Ball State University College of Fine Art facilities, with 24-hour access to personal studio spaces.

Award Description
Applicants should be dedicated practitioners in their field and able to work safely and independently for the entire residency period to which they are assigned. Applicants should not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application and must be over 21 years of age. Selected residents will be offered one of two types of residency: a position as a PlySpace Resident or as a PlySpace Resident Fellow. The type of residency offered will be determined by the Admissions Panel and Final Selection Committee during the admissions process and will be based on the application quality and the proposed length of stay. Please refer to the website for more information about the residency types.

Three individual artists or up to three collective applicants will be accepted for each residency term (one PlySpace Resident Fellow and two PlySpace Residents). Residency terms are a minimum of 4 weeks to a maximum of 12, beginning on September 15th and ending on December 7, 2020. Residents are free to negotiate their length of stay, start dates, and end dates within this block of time. Resident Fellows must plan a stay of no fewer than 9 weeks.

Residents are expected to arrange their own travel and provide their own meals, supplies, and other personal expenses. PlySpace will arrange activities, dinners, and other events to complement the resident’s experience.

For detailed information about the PlySpace Residency Program, community collaborations, application instructions and guidelines, and frequently asked questions, please see the website.

Selection Process
All applications are reviewed by The PlySpace Admissions Panel, a committee who will narrow the field to no more than ten final applicants for review. Membership on this committee will rotate annually and consist of four professional artists and creatives in varying fields and one Muncie-based Arts advocate. The PlySpace Final Selection and Interview Committee will contact references and interview the final applicants. They will also assess community project proposals and place artists in partnership with available community groups. Accepted applicants will be offered either a PlySpace Residency or a PlySpace Resident Fellowship.

Please allow up to 8 weeks for notification.

What to Submit

Submit one pdf document that includes the following items part of the PlySpace Residency Application.  Also submit a portfolio of 10 works, outlined below. All application materials must be completed in English by the applicant, without the help of a translator or translation service.

  1. Artist statement: 250-500 word statement about work, practice, and motivation.
  2. Artist C.V.
  3. Professional References: Names and contact information for two professional references.
  4. Anticipated Length of Stay: Residents may stay between 4 and 12 weeks during any single term. Please indicate your desired length of stay as well as any specific arrival or departure dates, if necessary.
  5. Personal Project Proposal (up to one page) that outlines the personal or collective project you want to work on while at PlySpace and the facilities, equipment, or other resources necessary to complete your objective.
  6. Community Collaborative Project Proposal (up to one page) that includes the project you would like to complete in collaboration with a community partner. If the content of the personal and collaborative projects overlap, applicants may develop a single proposal that outlines both projects. Which community collaborator categories are you interested in working with? Why are you interested in this collaboration? What would your community collaboration entail? How much time will you need to spend on your collaboration in order for it to be successful? What facilities, equipment, or other resources are necessary to complete your community collaboration?
  7. Image/File List (one page) Please add one page to the pdf document that has the image details or video details, numbered in the same order as the uploaded files or with thumbnails of the image each description refers to (i.e. image 1, untitled, acrylic on paper, 24” x 36”). Videos and audio files should be accompanied by url links where the video / audio can be viewed. Writing submissions should list the writing samples, date of sample, and a brief (1 paragraph or less) synopsis of the sample (what is it?)

Portfolio:  Portfolio images, media files, or writing samples are uploaded with the application documents to the submission website. See the Application Upload Instructions for file specifications. The portfolio should include 10 images of work or 3 video/media projects or documents or 3 writing samples from the last 5 years. Work should reflect the type of work that will be pursued during the residency.

How to Submit

Submit all information online at

QUESTIONS? Contact Erin Williams,


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