RISD Research opportunities and updates

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This winter session, RISDResearch kicks off its second research group and studio with Cessna/Textron. Faculty and students from three departments will question current assumptions about aviation environments with a goal to conceptualize new modes of interaction between orienting information and visceral experience in extreme environments.

Upcoming Opportunities:

Terra Summer Residency Fellowships in Giverny, France
What: Founded in 2001, the residency brings together doctoral scholars of American art and emerging artists worldwide for a nine-week residency program in the historic village of Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by senior scholars and artists aimed at fostering reflection and debate. In 2016, the residency runs from June 6 to August 5.

When: Applications are due January 15, 2016; awards will be announced in April 2016.

How much: In addition to a $5,000 stipend and a travel contribution of up to $1,500, fellows receive on-site lodging, office/studio space, and lunches for the duration of their residency.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Invites Applications for Residencies
What: Five to ten residencies of three to twelve months each will be awarded to craft artists working in wood, glass, metal, fiber, clay, and mixed media. The residency provides twenty-four-hour access to two-hundred-square-foot artist studios equipped with sinks, telephones, and wireless Internet access. In addition, fellows are provided with a wide variety of resources and opportunities, including teaching assignments through HCCC and opportunities for collaboration with other residents.

When: Deadline to apply is March 1, 2016 for 2016-2017 Artist Residency Program.

How much: Each artist will receive a $500 monthly stipend and a $300 quarterly housing/materials allowance.

Irvine Foundation Accepting Applications for Arts Engagement Projects
What: Through its Exploring Arts Engagement Program, the foundation will support projects that aim to engage new and diverse populations by adding active participation opportunities for participants and/or incorporating the use of nontraditional spaces.

When: The rolling deadline has been extended through March 30, 2016.

How much: Grants of up to $125,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded for projects proposed by organizations with operating budgets between $100,000 and $5 million. Grants of up to $250,000 per year for up to two years will be awarded for projects proposed by organizations with operating budgets of $5 million or greater. Eligible organizations must benefit the people of California.

Ucross Foundation Accepting Applications for Fall Artist Residencies

What: Founded in 1981, the Ucross Foundation provides uninterrupted time, work space, and living accommodations to competitively selected visual artists, writers, and composers. Currently, the foundation is accepting applications for its 2016 Fall Residency program

When: There are two residency sessions annually. Application deadlines are March 1,2016 for Fall Session, which runs from August through the first Friday in December.

How much: Residencies vary in length from two weeks to six weeks, and at any one time up to nine individuals representing a mix of visual artists, writers and composers are in residence. In most cases, studios are separate from living quarters, and lunch and dinners are prepared Monday to Friday by a professional chef, with ample provisions on hand for breakfasts and weekends.


Art Works: Creativity Connects

What: The NEA is launching a pilot grant opportunity in the Art Works category, called Creativity Connects, to support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors that include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. The program, called, is designed to demonstrate the value of the arts and design when they’re working with non-arts sectors and support the infrastructure components for the arts, so that they will be able to work in new ways with other sectors. A webinar about the program is scheduled for January 27th- see link below.

When: Nonprofit organizations may apply to for this grant in addition to other NEA grant programs. The deadline is March 3, 2016.

How much: Grants generally will range from $20,000 to $100,000.

There will be a Creativity Connects webinar hosted on Wednesday, January 27th at 3:00 PM EST to learn more about the program. Please use the link above to register.


Contact Josephine Martell at jmartell@risd.edu to schedule a meeting to discuss grant funded research interests and for general questions about research or to discuss partnering with RISD, contact Eliot Bassett-Cann via research@risd.edu.

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