Call for Applications: Artist-in-Residence (Fall 2014)

  • Deadline:
    Jan. 13, 2014, 11:59 p.m.
  • Location:
    William Paterson University Galleries, 300 Pompton Rd., Wayne, New Jersey, 07470, US

Artist-in-Residence (Fall 2014)
William Paterson University
(Wayne NJ)

The Center for New Art, the University Galleries, and the Undergraduate Art Department at William Paterson University request applications for an Artist in Residence and Exhibition Program. The successful recipient will receive access to our production facility and an honorarium of $5,000 plus a $3,000 budget for materials. Work produced during the residency will be exhibited at the University Galleries. The exhibition will be accompanied by a modest publication. The program will be funded in the academic year Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works grant.


The WPU Artist in Residence Program provides access to our unique facility for the production of sculpture, installation, performance, 2D and 3D imaging, interactive media, augmented reality and others. Novel, innovative use of the facility is encouraged and theoretical conceptual projects are welcome. This residency is designed to take advantage of our facility and the Lab at the Center for New Art. The Lab includes a Computer Numerical Control Mill, four rapid prototyping machines, a 3D Scanner, a laser cutter/engraver and a full digital computer lab with multiple 2D, 3D, and 4D softwares, available. This residency is directed to a self-starting digital savant who can adopt and adapt to the available technologies. Limited production support is available (carried out by graduate assistants or undergraduate student interns). Work produced during the residency will be exhibited in a solo exhibition at the University Galleries in Spring 2015.


The winning resident will be in residence over a 6-week period in Fall 2014. The recipient will lecture during this period to the Department of Art community as well as occasionally making themselves available to the undergraduate and graduate community through ad hoc symposia and colloquia. Additionally, the Artist in Residence will lecture to high school students in the Paterson School District. The selected artist will exhibit the resulting work in the East Gallery at the University Galleries in Spring 2015 (January – March or March – May). [The East Gallery is approximately 500 square feet and 60 linear feet.] It is also possible to develop projects for outdoor sites at the Power Art Building.


The selection will be made based on the merit of past work and artistic promise, the artist's preparedness to independently develop new work, and the artist's potential to contribute to the William Paterson University community and beyond. Preference will be given to proposals that address the facilities that are offered in the Center for New Art and demonstrate proficiency with digital processes.


Applications will be reviewed by a committee, which includes WPU Art Department faculty and the University Galleries staff.


Individual artists and artist collaborators or teams are welcome to apply. This Residency is open to U.S. and international visual artists, 25 years or older, who are not currently enrolled in any degree program. Individuals of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Resident artists must speak English fluently. The recipient is responsible for his/her own housing and transportation.


Applications should be sent to Michael Rees ( and copy Emily Johnsen (, and Brian Sandilands ( with links to images and media. The Subject line should read "Artist in Residence Application 2014-15."

Applications should include:

* a CV (pdf format)
* a one-page letter of intent specifically mentioning how the proposed project will utilize the available technology (pdf format)
* a web-based link to 10 images of previous and proposed work, and/or a web-based link to time-based media posted on YouTube or Vimeo (no longer than 5 minutes)
* a list of works including Title, Date, Materials, Dimensions and short descriptions as necessary (pdf format)
* a link to the artist's or collaborators' website/s

Please do not include images in the pdf documents.


Monday, January 13, 2014 by 11:59 p.m.


Notification of results will be sent via email by February 1, 2014 responding to the email address you used when submitting your application. No results will be released before this date.

About the Art Department

The mission of the William Paterson University Department of Art is to teach students visual literacy within a broad cultural and historical context. The department provides students the opportunities to explore self-expression and scholarship, build knowledge and acquire skills, and develop an understanding of how creativity is articulated through fine art and design. Our purpose is to empower students with lives rich in artistic expression and professional achievement that will contribute to a diverse and democratic society.

For more information about the Art Department, please contact Michael Rees (

About the University Galleries

The University Galleries serve as a cultural resource for William Paterson University by presenting exhibitions of contemporary art, overseeing the University's art collections, and offering educational programs. Located in the Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts, the Galleries present approximately 10 solo and thematic exhibitions per year that engage with the University and surrounding communities and respond to significant trends in contemporary art. The Galleries include three distinct exhibition spaces (East, South, and Court Galleries) that encompass 5,000 square feet.

For more information about the University Galleries, please contact Kristen Evangelista (

About the Center for New Art

The Center for New Art is a regional center for the investigation of new media in the fine and applied arts and humanities. It is a resource for students, faculty, professional artists, and art educators in the region. It will also serve the region with development programs. The Center will study aspects of the use of technology in the arts. It is an open forum where makers, thinkers and doers will present their work through lecture, workshop, practicum, symposia and exhibition.

For more information about the Center For New Art, please contact Michael Rees (