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2023 CMCA Artist Residency

July 20, 2023 - August 31, 2023

CMCA is pleased to announce the application guidelines for our second annual CMCA Artist Residency. 

Please note: Artist submissions will be accepted via Submittable until August 31, 2023


2023 CMCA Artist Residency

Presented in collaboration with the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation

Submission Guidelines

Residency dates: This is a 4 month residency, with the residency component taking place beginning November 1, 2023 and ending February 28, 2024.

Who May Apply? The CMCA Artist Residency Program is open to artists who identify as Black, Indigenous, Asian/Pacific Islander, Latinx, or alternately identified persons of color who live year-round in Maine. Preference will be given to artists who have experience presenting public art, exhibition(s) or project(s) that directly engaged audiences.

We are seeking proposals for the development of a public art offering/project to take place outside the walls of CMCA in Rockland. Examples of a public art offering include, but are not limited to: off-site exhibition, performance, lecture series, mural, workshop, etc.
The selected artist will have the support of CMCA staff in developing a successful residency and resulting public project, including budget management of the public component. The public component preferably will take place by March 31, 2024, but we understand weather, timing and other considerations must be taken into account. This support includes help with conducting any and all agreements/contracts for off-site space for your project.

The CMCA Artist Residency was developed to offer an artist the opportunity to devote significant time to furthering their practice in the development a public project that will engage audiences beyond CMCA’s footprint.

Lodging, Studio Space, Residency Requirements:
The residency offers dedicated housing (a one-bedroom apartment provided by Ellis-Beauregard Foundation located in the foundation’s administrative building) and a separate studio space in Rockland for a period of four months. The artist is required to live/work in Rockland throughout the four-month period, for a minimum of 20 hours per week from November 1, 2023 through February 28, 2024.
Honorarium: The selected artist will receive a monthly $1,200 honorarium, totaling $4,800 for the full four-month residency. Payment will be made on the final day of each month in the residency, dependent on meeting the minimum residency requirement. The honorarium is intended to help cover costs of food, mileage, living expenses, etc.

Public Project Budget:
The selected artist will have access to a budget of up to $5,000 to produce the proposed public art project in Rockland. Examples of eligible expenses include, art materials, payments to collaborators, space rental for your public offering, honoraria for collaborators, guest speakers, etc. The project budget will be developed by the artist in collaboration with the CMCA Executive Director, who will supervise the distribution of funds.

How to Apply:

Deadline: The application deadline is August 31, 2023.

To complete the application: Please provide your contact information, including your mailing address, email, phone number and website.

Submit a Proposal: Please describe your proposed public art offering in up to 250 words in a PDF: it’s format/structure (i.e., off-site mural, performance, exhibition, community activity(ies), arts based educational offering, etc.).

Submit a current resume PDF: We are seeking artists who have a record of exhibitions, performances, public art works and/or related activities. Please title the file: Lastname_resume

Submit a draft budget PDF: Please submit a draft budget for use of project budget of up to $5,000. Please title the file: Lastname_budget
We understand that projects will likely evolve from conception to realization, so we are happy to receive an initial idea that you will develop to fruition during your residency.

Submit a current artists statement PDF: Please do not exceed 150 words. Please title the file Lastname_statement.

Upload up to 6 images, video and/or audio clips: Up to two of the images may be details. File formats accepted: jpg, pdf, mp3, mp4, mov. Images must be 1920 pixels on the longest side. Audio and video files must not exceed 10mb. Links to video are also accepted. Please title files: number_last name_title_year of work. Works must be numbered in the order you would like them viewed. For numbers 1-9, please add a zero in front. For example: 01_Doe_Untitled_2022.jpg or 02_Doe_Untitled_detail_2022.jpg.

Submit an image description list PDF: including title, date, medium, and dimensions in inches (height x width x depth) in numerical order corresponding with the uploaded images. You may also include a brief background description (50 words or less) related to the images and any special requirements.

Prior to August 31, questions can be directed to CMCA’s Executive Director and Chief Curator, Timothy Peterson at tpeterson@cmcanow.org.

All applications will be reviewed and an artist in residence selected by our 2023 jurors: Yael Reinharz, Director, Surfpoint Foundation and Erica Wall, Director, Lunder Institute for American Art at Colby College. We expect to notify applicants of the artist in residence selection by September 15.
Yael Reinharz is Founding Executive Director of Surf Point Foundation. Prior to leading SPF, she was Founding Executive Director at Artis (2007-2018), an international nonprofit that supports contemporary artists from Israel. From 2001-2007, she was Assistant Director at Creative Time, the public art organization dedicated to working with artists’ voices and visions to shape society and public life. Earlier in her career, she held positions in the Contemporary Art department at Christie’s New York, at Matthew Marks Gallery, and at Casey Kaplan Gallery. Yael earned her B.A. in Art History and Studio Art from Bowdoin College and her M.A. from New York University in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Erica Wall is a creative, collaborative, and dynamic educator, curator, and arts leader with extensive community-building experience. Before joining the Lunder Institute, she served as executive director of MCLA Arts and Culture at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Prior experience included founding a gallery that gave emerging artists the opportunity to exhibit their work, connected them with curators and patrons long-term, and enabled them to build an artistic community and a framework of support. She has also served as a museum educator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the J. Paul Getty Museum and led the education departments at the Crocker Art Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.


July 20, 2023
August 31, 2023
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