2016 YBCA Artist Residency

Update: YBCA and Art Practical are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 artist residency award, Jerome Reyes. Read the full press release here.

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) and Art Practical request proposals for a three-month artist residency that will take place from April 1 to June 30, 2016


The YBCA Artist Residency will award an emerging/mid-career artist whose work foregrounds social and public practice a $10,000 monetary award and opportunities to create meaningful programs and projects that look beyond the traditional exhibition context to engage with Bay Area communities. We seek proposals from artists in all disciplines, including visual arts, performance, theatre, dance, film/video, and new media.

The residency specifically seeks to support artists that explore ideas through public engagement. Social and public practices are proving to be a powerful way of connecting people to each other through interactive artistic content. These artists work directly with communities and in neighborhoods in the Bay Area, which are the key locations to catalyzing change in the lives of our citizens. In partnering with YBCA on the YBCA Artist Residency, Art Practical seeks to create an expanded audience for the selected artist, to invite the artist to participate in a critical conversation about their practice, and to highlight the myriad ways by which arts institutions contribute to the sustenance and growth of their community.

The Residency directly invests in the artistic landscape of the region by providing critical financial support for a conceptually rigorous and executable artistic project. Past recipients of the YBCA Artist Residency include 2014 awardees Nomi Talisman and Dee Hilbert-Jones, whose short animated documentary, Last Day of Freedom, has been nominated for a 2016 Oscar, and 2013 awardee Chris Vargas, who is a 2016 recipient of the Creative Capital grant.

All application materials are due via email Monday, March 7, 2016 by 5pm through https://ybca.submittable.com/submit/53112. Late submissions will be disqualified.

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About YBCA

YBCA is one of the nation's most innovative contemporary arts centers. Founded in 1993, YBCA's mission is to generate culture that moves people. Through powerful art experiences, thoughtful and provocative content, and deep opportunities for participation, YBCA is committed to creating an inclusive culture that awakens personal and societal transformation. YBCA presents a wide variety of programming year-round, including performing arts, visual arts,  film/video and civic engagement. YBCA venues include the Forum, Screening Room, Galleries and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. To learn more visit: http://www.ybca.org/

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About the YBCA Artist Residency

Our guiding questions for offering this residency include: Given the significant economic changes to the Bay Area, how do artists sustain themselves? How do they integrate themselves into vibrant and highly diverse communities? How might they be agents for their communities to flourish?

The YBCA Artist Residency will award an emerging/mid-career artist whose work foregrounds social and public practice a $10,000 monetary award and opportunities to create meaningful programs and projects that look beyond the traditional exhibition context to engage with Bay Area communities. This three-month residency in partnership with Art Practical aims to support the community-focused projects of local artists through substantial financial support, critical engagement with their practice, and the career enhancement that institutional alliances can create.

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Key Objectives

1. Provide critical financial support for a conceptually rigorous and executable artistic project that situates itself in direct dialogue with a Bay Area community or neighborhood with the aim of enabling its constituents to thrive.

2. Provide crucial financial support for an artist or collaborative group to assist in sustaining a creative life in the Bay Area.

3. Generate visibility to a national audience for Bay Area artists engaged in exceptional work that activates neighborhoods and communities.

4. Encourage successful methodologies for artists to creatively engage with communities and/or neighborhoods in addressing pressing problems at the local level.

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Conceptual Framework

Through this residency program, YBCA becomes a catalyst for creative endeavor. The residency specifically seeks to support artists that explore ideas through public engagement, which is an essential component of our mission. Through the award, YBCA establishes itself as directly investing in the artistic landscape of this region. Social and public practices are also proving to be a powerful tool for community engagement—a way of connecting people to each other through both interactive artistic content and physical spaces. YBCA aims to support the power of art and engagement to create change in our city by inviting artists to work directly with communities and in neighborhoods, which YBCA believes are the key locations to catalyzing change in the lives of our citizens. 

Core to Art Practical’s mission is positioning critical dialogue as a tool to foster artistic development. Concurrently, the publication encourages institutions that exhibit local artistic production to holistically consider the conditions of the cultural ecosystem in which that production takes place. In partnering with YBCA on the YBCA Artist Residency, Art Practical seeks to create an expanded audience for the selected artist, to invite the artist to participate in a critical conversation about their practice, and to highlight the myriad ways by which arts institutions contribute to the sustenance and growth of their community.

Artists and art collectives in the San Francisco Bay Area create art works that foreground community engagement and drive audience participation, while also challenging existing social structures within our urban context. Artists are working to find creative solutions to social issues and alternative ways to raise political awareness through their arts practices using diverse strategies.

Instead of asking the selected artist to produce a new body of work for an exhibition, the residency encourages the selected artist to explore new ways of engaging with art audiences and the larger public. Therefore, applicants are asked to propose offsite projects to conceive of and situate their audience beyond the institution’s walls.

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Residency Award

The selected artist will receive a $10,000 cash award, professional support and marketing, institutional support, and access to a broader audience for their work.

In addition, through Art Practical,the selected artist will also receive:

  • A feature-length profile in the magazine that crafts an intimate look at the artist’s workspace, practice, and vision;
  • A portfolio of the artist’s work presented as part of the “Fan Mail” series on Art Practical’s partner site Daily Serving;
  • A public program developed in conjunction with the artist that could take the form of a podcast interview, an artist’s talk, a roundtable discussion, a performance/film screening, or other program intended to engage an audience around a topic relevant to the artist’s practice.
  • Editorial review of the selected artist’s written didactic and promotional material related to the residency project. 
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Selection process

The selection process* consists of three rounds. In the first round, YBCA and Art Practical staff will narrow the pool down to fifteen candidates, judged against the criteria outlined in the application packet. In the second round, the fifteen semi-finalists will have their applications reviewed by a selected panel of artists and arts professionals, including the YBCA Curatorial Team, Art Practical staff, and other Bay Area arts leaders. From this round, three finalists will be chosen based on overall ranking and invited for an in-person interview by select YBCA staff.

*Please note that we reserve the right to change the process at any point if we feel changes are necessary to ensure the privacy, fairness, and feasibility of the process.

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Timeline

February 1, 2016: Submission opens 9am. Please submit all required materials through https://ybca.submittable.com/submit/53112.

March 7, 2016, 5pm: Applications due. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

March 11, 2016: 15 semi-finalists selected and given to panel members for review.

March 17, 2016: Panel members meet to review applications and select 3 finalists.

March 22-23, 2016: 3 finalists invited to YBCA for in-person interviews with select YBCA and Art Practical staff.

March 25, 2016: Recipient of the YBCA Artist Residency announced.

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Eligibility Requirements

All application materials are due via email Monday, March 7, 2016 by 5pm.
Late submissions will be disqualified.

Applicants must

  • be at least 18 years old
  • not be enrolled as a full-time student during the residency period
  • be a resident of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin or San Mateo counties
  • identify as an emerging or mid-career artist
  • if part of an artist collective, all application materials must be submitted by a single representative of the group
  • in lieu of application fee, become a YBCA member
     
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Application Material

Please submit the following application materials and work samples to https://ybca.submittable.com/submit/53112 by Monday, March 7, 2016 at 5pm.

Late or incomplete submissions will be disqualified. Please note additional materials will not be viewed.

  • Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Email address
  • Phone Number
  • Website
  • Work Samples:
    • Up to 5 images in jpeg format, each file not exceeding 3MB in size.
    • Multimedia work samples must be uploaded on a third party site (e.g. Youtube) and submitted as direct links.  Total run-time for all submitted multimedia materials must not exceed 5 minutes.
    • Captions or descriptions for each image.
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Application Questions

Please submit answers to the following questions to https://ybca.submittable.com/submit/53112 by Monday, March 7, 2016 at 5pm.

1. Artistic Statement (500 words maximum) – Describe your practice, discussing your discipline(s), areas of interest, and how this residency fits into your career trajectory.

2. Your proposal (500 words maximum):

  • Describe the project you want to present including preliminary ideas for how you will engage with the chosen Bay Area community or neighborhood. 
  • Why this group of people/place? 
  • Name the community organizations or neighborhood partners with whom you plan/hope to work.
  • What is your desired outcome of the project you propose, and how do you aim to evaluate your progress in achieving your outcome?

3. Describe why you choose to work through social and public engagement. (200 words)

4. Provide a three-month timeline. How would your project unfold over the course of your residency? (200 words maximum)

5. Please provide a two-page (maximum) arts résumé or CV.

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Criteria for Evaluation

  • Demonstrated artistic excellence 
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Project feasibility as demonstrated by prior experience and consideration of logistics

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