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December 15, 2021

The Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency

  • Organization: Collar Works
  • Submission Deadline: December 15, 2021
  • Event Dates: May 23, 2022 - August 31, 2022
  • Entry Fee: 25
  • Type: Residency
  • Eligibility: International
  • Categories: Craft/Traditional Arts, Photography, Drawing, Film/Video/New Media, Mixed-Media/Multi-Discipline, Painting, Sculpture
  • Location: Granville, NY

The Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency (EMAR) program by Collar Works is designed to provide emerging, underrepresented, and established artists an immersive, supportive, productive, and communal atmosphere for art-making and dialogue on a bucolic 77-acre farm in Granville, NY. The summer residency offers 2 and 4-week residencies for individual artists and 1-week residencies for families.

In 2017, the Murray- Holman family partnered with Collar Works to design a summer residency program for visual artists, with unique opportunities for individuals and families. Dedicated to supporting the legacy of Elizabeth Murray, Collar Works believes there is a kindred connection between its mission and what Murray’s story symbolizes to emerging artists, to those who are artists as well as parents, and to individuals who overcome adversity to achieve their vision.

EMAR aims to create opportunities for artists to take risks and develop new contemporary works across many art forms, primarily visual and literary arts while engaging in meaningful dialogue with fellow residents and arts professionals.

Our goal is to create a residency program that responds to the critical needs of emerging and underrepresented artists and artists as parents while offering a program that reflects the rich cultural environment of today through an active commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. Since its inception, creating an environment that stands out as a safe space for creative risk-taking, personal growth and respite has been the core goal of the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency.

The late, visionary artist Elizabeth Murray believed that each person deserves an opportunity to make their art and for their art to be visible on equal platforms. With that in mind, our goal is to provide space and access for all, regardless of differences of race, age, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, migratory status, disability/abilities, political affiliation, veteran status and/or socioeconomic background.

For more than two decades, Elizabeth Murray and her husband Bob Holman, together with their children, split their time between a TriBeCa loft and a classic farmhouse in Washington County, New York. Murray, who passed away in 2007, was a groundbreaking artist. Her many honors include a Skowhegan Medal in Painting in 1986, a MacArthur “genius” grant in 1999, and a career retrospective at MoMA in 2005. Holman, a poet and arts activist, founded the Bowery Poetry Club in 2002 and produced the PBS series The United States of Poetry (1996) and Language Matters (2019). In 2017, the Murray-Holman family partnered with Collar Works to design a summer residency program for visual artists.

For many years, the farm served as both a summer home for the Murray-Holmans and a creative retreat for Elizabeth Murray, whose studio was located in the large, cathedral-like dairy barn. Given the history, location, and amenities, the family felt that the creative use of the property and its natural surroundings would carry on Elizabeth Murray’s legacy.

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About Collar Works

Collar Works is a nonprofit contemporary art space located in Troy, New York. Our mission is to support emerging, underrepresented artists and curators working in any media, creating provocative and culturally relevant artworks as a way of enriching the cultural life of the region. Collar Works provides a venue for community dialogue focused on serious and spirited artworks, educating the public through exhibitions, gallery talks, lectures, workshops, residencies, and community outreach activities.

2022 Residency Information

2022 Individual Artist Residency Dates:

Session 1: May 23 - June 6, 2022

Session 2: June 10 June 24, 2022

2022 Family Residency Dates:

Session 3: August 5-13, 2022

About the Individual Residency Program

The summer residency program is designed to accommodate 5-7 artists in residence per session, including onsite artist-staff members. Artists can apply to be considered for a 2 or 4-week experience. Artists are provided with 24- hour access to semi-private studios in the large cathedral-like barn which houses the late Elizabeth Murray's studio, private bedroom accommodations, and shared bathroom facilities in the large farmhouse, with communal living room spaces, kitchen, and a library featuring Elizabeth Murray's personal artbook collection. Property amenities include a swimming pool, pond, and 77 acres of fields and wooded areas. Daily meals are prepared by a chef, with dinner served in a communal atmosphere to foster dialogue between residents. Artists will have the time and space to work in their studios to develop new works, with the opportunity to share in conversation with peers, meet with visiting curators (COVID protocols permitting), and engage with the surrounding art communities.

About the Family Residency Program

The Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency by Collar Works will invite up to 5 artists together with their families to spend one week in residence at EMAR. Artists and their families will be provided a private bedroom (families may need to room together) with shared bathrooms in the large farmhouse, as well as communal living room spaces, kitchen, and a library featuring Elizabeth Murray's personal art book collection. In addition, artists have a semi-private studio in the same barn that Elizabeth Murray worked in during summers with her family. The property also features a 'Kids Studio' for children and family members. Property amenities include a swimming pool, pond, and 77 acres.

The 2022 Elizabeth Murray Family Residency is a fully-supported opportunity available for up to 5 artists and their families during August 5-13, 2022. Outside of the $25 application fee, there is no cost to participate for accepted artists in the Family Residency program. Meals will be provided by a Chef-in-Residence. Accepted artists will receive a $500 stipend to be used at their own discretion towards travel, materials, or other associated costs related to this opportunity. An integral aspect of our program is that we provide full-day (9AM-5PM) child care in the form of a parallel creative residency for children of all ages that focuses on art and nature programming. While parent artists have uninterrupted time in the studios, their children and families are spending time in their very own EMAR Kids Art Studio, engaged in meaningful art projects, outside exploring nature through guided activities, playing, swimming, reading, and at times, going on guided field trips to local farms and museums. Although we welcome partners to join and participate in the care of their children if desired, we are committed to fully supporting artists and families who want or need to attend solo with their children. Given the rural nature of the program, Collar Works will work with each artist on a case-by-case basis to ensure the necessary support and equipment is in place prior to arrival as much as possible.

The goal of the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency for Families is to provide the time, space, and connections parent artists desire, together with an immersive, enriching experience for the entire family.

Important COVID-19 Protocol

Collar Works will be taking serious safety precautions to minimize as much risk as possible for residents and staff. We are requiring all staff, artists, and families in residence to be vaccinated for COVID-19. We understand that currently, children below the age of 12 do not have access to a COVID-19 vaccine. Protecting each other and our families are of utmost priority. Therefore, we will be requiring all participants, regardless of vaccination status to receive a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of arrival. If vaccines become available to younger children, we will require proof of vaccination prior to arrival as well, unless your family has a medical exemption.

Understanding that guidelines change as the risk changes, every effort will be made to keep the residency as safe as possible. Common areas will be cleaned and sanitized regularly. All staff will be tested regularly. There are private bedrooms and studios for artists (families may need to room together), but shared bathrooms, kitchen, and common areas in the historic farmhouse. Meals will be prepared safely by a chef. Once on-site, we ask artists to limit their travel off-site as much as possible and wear masks in public to mitigate risk and community spread.

Travel Restrictions and Quarantine: Given what we know now about COVID-19, together with New York State recommendations, we are gathering information from each artist to be used in the planning process. It is important to note, that although there are no travel restrictions or quarantine requirements, Collar Works will require all EMAR participants to produce a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of arrival to EMAR. Keeping our artists, their families, and staff safe and healthy is our utmost priority. We acknowledge that situations around restrictions, guidelines, and access to testing and vaccination may change and impact our planning and/or requirements. We will keep an open dialogue between administrators and artists to ensure appropriate planning.

To submit your application for EMAR 2022, you will need to provide the following:

•Artist Information

•Statement of Intent (250-500 words)

• Artist Biography (250 words)

• 10 examples of Recent Works
(Visual Arts: .jpeg image file size: 150 ppi, 1200 pixels max length)
(Literary Arts: Up to 3 poems, max 6 pages; Prose 10 pages max)

• List of Works (title, medium, date, size)

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