2023 Interdisciplinary Residency / Residencies

May 26, 2022

Organization Name: Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Organization Location: Upperville, VA

Type: Calls & Submissions

Fee: Free


The Interdisciplinary Residency program is OSGF’s flagship residency program – piloted in 2021, OSGF plans to award about 40 Interdisciplinary Residencies annually. Each Interdisciplinary Residency session is designed to support residents who might be: artists, conservation practitioners, researchers, scholars, scientists or writers who are pursuing work inspired by plants, gardens and landscapes. The goal of this program is to provide individuals with the time and space to pursue their own creative projects alongside other residents who may be examining the natural world from different perspectives. By working side by side in a supportive environment, we hope that these residents might experience cross-disciplinary or interdisciplinary inspiration.
This program strikes a balance between providing residents the opportunity to socialize with other residents, as well as ample time to work independently. The only requirement of residents is that they attend and help clean-up approximately 3 provided meals per week. Beyond the weekly meals, OSGF trusts the residents to use their time as they see best fit, and there will generally be a few optional weekly activities for residents to participate in.

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.

Residents selected for a 5-week session receive a $2,000 individual grant, and individuals selected for a 2-week session receive an $800 individual grant. Residents are housed in shared accommodations for the duration of the program. Each resident will have a private bedroom and bathroom, and share a living space and kitchen with 1 – 3 other residents. Visual artists will have 24/7 access to a studio within 0.75 miles of their accommodations, and other residents will have a designated writing space in their accommodations. Residents will be asked to arrange transportation to Dulles International Airport or Union Station, and OSGF will provide transportation to our site in Upperville, VA.


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