YBCA is requesting proposals for a three-month artist residency that will take place from April 1 to June 30, 2014.
Proposals are being sought from artists whose work engages with social
and public practice in any or all disciplines: visual arts, performance,
theater, dance, film/video and new media.
YBCA’s guiding question for offering this residency is: Given
the significant economic changes to the Bay Area, how do artists
sustain themselves and maintain a flourishing, vibrant and highly
diverse arts community? YBCA wants to investigate how artists are
responding to an economic climate that pushes communities out of the Bay
Area, rather than seeking art that directly responds to this question.
YBCA Artist in Residence 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 local artists through substantial financial support,
critical engagement with their practice, and the career enhancement that
institutional alliances can create.
YBCA’s Artist in Residence Key Objectives:
Provide critical financial support for an artist or arts collective's
project that situates itself in dialogue with diverse groups and
sustains a creative life in the Bay Area.
Further activate critical discourse and debate about social and public
practice works and the role of artists engaged in work that activates
sites and communities.
YBCA Artist in Residence Conceptual Framework:
becomes a catalyst for creative endeavor through this residency
program. The residency specifically seeks to support artists that
explore ideas through audience and public engagement, which is an
essential component of YBCA’s mission. Through the award, YBCA wants
establish 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.
and art collectives in the San Francisco Bay Area create art works that
foreground community engagement and drive audience participation, while
also challengeing existing social structures within the 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.
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 interacting 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.
YBCA Artist in Residence Award:
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 YBCA’s partnership with 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 CV, website and artist statement.
All application materials are due via ybca.org/artist-residency on Thursday, March 14, 2014 by 5 p.m. Late submissions will be disqualified.
-- 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 or group, all application materials must be submitted by a single representative of the group
-- in lieu of application fee, be enrolled in YBCA:You and/or a YBCA member
-- See http://www.ybca.org/ybcayou to join YBCA:You.
-- See http://www.ybca.org/support to purchase a membership to YBCA.
selection process consists of three rounds. In the first round, YBCA
staff will narrow the pool down to 15 candidates, judged against the
criteria outlined in the application packet. In the second round, the 15
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 on overall ranking and
invited for an in-person interview by select YBCA staff.
Criteria for evaluation include:
-- demonstrated artistic excellence
-- soundness and thoroughness of the proposal
-- artistic accomplishment and/or apparent potential
-- project feasibility as demonstrated by prior experience and consideration of logistics
Applicants should submit the following application materials and work samples via ybca.org/artist-residency by Thursday, March 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. (Additional materials will not be viewed.)
-- Mailing Address
-- E-mail address
-- Phone Number
-- Work Samples: 4-5 images in jpeg format, each file not exceeding 3MB in size, plus captions or descriptions for each image.
Artistic Statement (500 words maximum): Describe your practice,
discussing your discipline(s), areas of interest, and how this residency
fits into your career trajectory.
Proposal (500 words maximum): Describe the project you want to present
including preliminary ideas for engagement with Bay Area audiences. How
will you engage your selected community? What are your tools for both
engaging and evaluating your work and the community’s response. Why this
group of people/place?
Describe why you choose to work through social and public engagement
and how you would define these practices to an audience not familiar
with the terms. (200 words)
4. Provide a three-month timeline: How would your project unfold over the course of your residency? (200 words maximum)
5. Provide a two-page (maximum) arts résumé or CV.
YBCA Artist in Residence Timeline:
February 10th: Submission opens 9 a.m. Submission form can be found at: ybca.org/artist-residency
March 14th, 5pm: Applications due. NO LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.
March 18th: 15 semi-finalists selected and given to panel members for review.
March 23rd: Panel members meet to review applications and select three finalists.
March 25th, 26th: Three finalists invited to YBCA for in-person interviews with select Community Engagement staff.
March 27th: Recipient of the Artist Residency announced.
About Art Practical
is an online magazine that enriches critical dialogue for the Bay Area
visual arts by providing comprehensive analysis of events and
exhibitions. We promote the Bay Area's role in the international art
scene in conjunction with a network of partners, create an archive of
its contemporary artistic practices, and foster its artistic production
through critical writing and public programming Art Practical
is emblematic of the collective and collaborative spirit of the
wide-ranging Bay Area visual arts culture, which combines international
perspectives with a long local history of incubating experimentation and
The core of 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 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.
About Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA), located in San Francisco's
Yerba Buena cultural district, is one of the nation's leading
multidisciplinary contemporary arts centers. With a belief that
contemporary art is at the heart of community life, YBCA brings
audiences and artists of all backgrounds together to express and
experience creativity. The organization is known for nurturing emerging
artists at the forefront of their fields and presenting works that blend
art forms and explore the events and ideas of our time. As part of its
commitment to the San Francisco Bay Area, YBCA supports the local arts
community and reflects the region's diversity of people and thought
through its arts and public programming.
presents programming year-round in the Forum, Screening Room, Galleries
and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater. For tickets and
information, call 415.978.ARTS (2787) or visit www.ybca.org.