2023 Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence / Residencies

May 26, 2022

Organization Name: Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Organization Location: Upperville, VA

Type: Residencies

Fee: Free


The Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence is awarded annually to one outstanding, early-career artist who is developing new works that address plants, gardens, or landscapes in the broad sense. This is their most prestigious artist award and is open to visual artists, literary artists, dancers, and musicians. The award includes a $10,000 individual grant and requires a 2 – 8 -week stay at Oak Spring. This fellowship will be granted to an exceptional artist who shows remarkable promise to contribute to a deeper understanding of the natural world, and humankind’s place in it.
The individual selected for this award will be asked to spend 2 – 8 weeks at Oak Spring where they will be able to meet with staff, explore the 700-acre landscape and observe efforts in sustainable land management, and visit their rare book library that holds over 19,000 objects, including many examples of botanical art. The Fellow will have ample time and space to work independently on their own projects during their stay. The only requirement during their time at Oak Spring will be to give one 20- 30-minute presentation with time for questions, to Oak Spring staff and any other fellows, residents, or other program participants who might be on site.

Application Process:
To begin your application, please go to https://osgf.submittable.com/submit and locate the ‘2023 Residency and Fellowship Programs’ application. Please note that there is one application for all of OSGF’s 2023 residency and fellowship programs, and you will be prompted to select which programs you would like to be considered for. You will be asked to submit:
1. a resume/curriculum vitae (not to exceed two pages),
2. a 200 – 300-word statement on your artistic practice,
3. a statement of 200 – 300 words stating how your work relates to the Oak Spring Garden Foundation’s mission to “perpetuate and share the gifts of Rachel (“Bunny”) Lambert Mellon, including her residence, garden, estate and the Oak Spring Garden Library, to serve the public interest. OSGF is dedicated to inspiring and facilitating scholarship and public dialogue on the history and future of plants, including the culture of gardens and landscapes and the importance of plants for human well-being,”
4. Work Samples:
For visual artists: 5 – 10 images, please include the dimensions, year, medium, and title of each work sample. For writers creative, fiction, non-fiction, essayists, or other writers: 7 – 10 pages total that demonstrate your current interests. Please use 12-point font, 1-inch margins, and double-space your writing sample. Do not include photocopies of published work, title pages, tables of contents or HYPERLINKS. Please be sure to state the genre of the work sample. For Time-Based Artists, including: Filmmakers, Musicians, Dancers, and Performance Artists: 10 minutes cumulatively of work samples. OSGF encourages video files to be uploaded directly to Submittable, but when necessary, we also accept links to vimeo or other external sites as long as the appropriate passwords are provided. For Poets and Playwrights: you may submit 7 – 10 pages total. Poetry may be spaced as needed, and scripts should follow standard script formatting.

NOTE: When applying to this fellowship, you will be asked if you are interested in being considered for one of OSGF’s interdisciplinary residencies, if you are not selected for the Eliza Moore Fellowship. To learn more about OSGF’s residencies, visit www.osgf.org/residencies.

Eligible applicants must be early-career artists not enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in 2022. The successful Fellow must be self-directed and able to work independently while on site. Applicants are expected to show dedication to their artistic practice, clear connection to the natural world in their work, exceptional promise, and good communication skills.

The dates of the Fellow’s residency will be scheduled in consultation with OSGF staff and should fall between Sunday, Monday, June 12, 2023 – Saturday, November 18, 2023.

Other Information:
The selected Fellow should make travel arrangements to Dulles International Airport, where OSGF will arrange transportation for them to our estate in Upperville, VA. The Fellow will reside in a nicely appointed, self-catering accommodation during their time at Oak Spring. The fellow will have a private bedroom and bathroom, and share a living room and kitchen.

A jury of established artists and arts administrators will review the applicants and select the 2023 Oak Spring Garden Foundation Eliza Moore Fellow.


Opportunity Website