Call to Artists: Rokeby Artist Lab

Rokeby Artist Lab Call to Artists
September 26-29, 2019

The Rokeby Artist Lab is a four-day intensive of workshops and discussions designed to foster the integration of history and contemporary art into an artist’s practice.

SUMMARY

Rokeby Artist Lab is a four-day intensive of workshops and discussions designed to foster the integration of history and contemporary art into an artist’s practice. Participating artists will learn how to use Rokeby Museum’s historic site and extensive archives to make artwork that picks up the unfinished work of history and fosters civic engagement in social, economic, and environmental issues. Artists will participate in site-specific tours that connect contemporary issues of race, gender, and the land with comparable experiences by Rokeby’s 19th century residents. Artists will be invited to present a slideshow of their work; receive supportive, critical, curatorial feedback about their ideas; attend talks about contemporary issues and Rokeby Museum; and engage in dialogue with guest artists, museum staff, and the public.

Artists will complete the Lab with a project proposal for an art installation at Rokeby Museum in 2020, and a state­ment of practice that can be used proposing similar work at other sites.

Rokeby Artist Lab is intended for self-motivated artists, regardless of the stage in their career, who want to develop a practice of working with historic sites or history associations to create and present art that embeds itself in non-traditional spaces and speaks to a general community about contemporary issues.

CURRICULUM

BEFORE THE LAB

Accepted artists will receive a package of information about planning their trip and readings to prepare for the Lab. Artists will have a one-on-one phone conference with the Curator of Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum. Artists will be asked to prepare and submit a 5-7 minute slide presentation of their art practice prior to arrival.

DURING THE LAB

Each day will start at 10AM with a gathering of participants and facilitators where we will review and discuss the work for the day. Three sessions are scheduled throughout the day with ample time for breaks and exploration.

Sessions will focus on a different track. Track one is immersion into the Rokeby site, history, and archives. Track two focuses on artist development with an emphasis on supporting artists articulating their practice. Track three will address how artists make connections between history and contemporary issues. Themes of race, gender, and the land will thread throughout all the sessions.

Activities will include tours of the site and house; slide presentations of artwork by participating and guest artists; and visits to the Rokeby archive at Special Collections & Archives at Middlebury College. Each day will end with an informal discussion off site from 7 to 9PM.

AFTER THE LAB

Artists will leave the Lab with a network of peer support; an idea for a project; and the task of turning that idea into a project proposal. They will be invited to submit drafts of their proposal and have a one-on-one phone conference with the Curator of Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum. Lab facilitators and members of the advisory group will be available for additional mentorship as needed. Artists will submit their final proposals on October 15, 2019 and, if available, make a public presentation to the Rokeby Community and the Vermont Curators Group on October 27, 2019. The proposals will be published in a catalog that will be sent to 100 curators and historic sites across North America. Some artists will be invited to produce their projects for exhibition during the 2020 season at Rokeby Museum.

COST

Artists are responsible for their own travel, accommodations, and meals. The cost of Rokeby Artist Lab is $750, however no artist will be turned away for lack of funds and the organizers will work with artists to build a financial aid package.

HOW TO APPLY

The application period for the 2019 Rokeby Artist Lab is now closed. If you are interested in a future Artist Lab, please send an EMAIL.

QUESTIONS

If you have questions, send an EMAIL.

WHAT IS CONTEMPORARY ART AT ROKEBY MUSEUM?

Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum is an ambitious two-year project designed to engage artists and the public with Rokeby Museum archives, objects, buildings, and land. Project activities will demonstrate how contemporary art can pick up the unfinished work of history and foster civic engagement in social, economic, and environmental justice issues. In 2019, Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum will present two exhibitions, introduce an artist membership program, conduct a symposium about the relationship between art and history, and host an artist lab designed to support the development of an artist’s practice. Artists will be invited to make art at or about Rokeby Museum and their work will be shared online and at a festival in August. Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum is a collaboration with Kasini House. WEBSITE

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