The ACRE Residency Program takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. Developed as a means to support emerging visual artists and musicians, the program provides artists with the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices as well as take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, and workshops. Residents can apply for a 12-day residency or are free to determine the length of their stay for a reasonable day rate. The residency supports 25-30 residents at a given time.
Set on 1,000 acres of wetland, hills, and farmland, the property is home to a variety of wildlife and is strewn with a vast network of rivers and springs. The residency facilities include expansive communal work-spaces, a screen-printing studio, an outdoor wood shop, an art & tech facility, and access to both digital and analog recording equipment. Accommodations are all recently built from salvaged timbers and furnished with individual bathrooms, kitchenettes, and decks. All meals are provided, and are prepared daily using ingredients grown in the surrounding area, renowned for its organic and sustainable agriculture and dairy farms.
Additionally, over the subsequent year, ACRE endeavors to provide further opportunities and exposure to its alumni. Each resident is given access to an online “flatfile”, where they can develop customizable pages to present their work and are offered an exhibition opportunity at ACRE’s 400 square foot gallery or one of a number of alternative exhibition spaces ACRE has partnered with in Chicago. These efforts complement other activities and programming designed to create the conditions for a thriving and enduring arts network.
You’ll find applications and loads more information at acreresidency.org.
DEADLINE: April 20, 2012