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April 4, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

Want to be an Artist-In-Residence?

Not many jobs will offer you money to go somewhere for a few months to gain inspiration. It’s another reason that being an artist is a good gig if you can get it: Artist-In-Residence programs. On Tuesday Adam Davis, a professor at Scripps College here in Claremont, is going to talk about his own artist residence experiences and give advice on how to find a good program for your medium.

Before I reprint the Scripps press release on the Adam Davis lecture, I’d like to spend a moment letting you know about the Echo Park Film Center, one of my favorite art non-profits in Los Angeles that just happens to have an Artist-In-Residence program now accepting applicants. EPFC has been around for almost 10 years, providing free or low-cost filmmaking classes and equipment rental to aspiring artists. They recently did some workshops at Pitzer College and around the Inland Empire, and founder Paolo Davanzo will be back in the next few months to talk to the next generation of arts managers at CGU about art entrepreneurship. He’s a good man, that Italian charmer (see photo). I’ll post something when he’s out again. Meanwhile, please pass the following information along to any filmmakers you know who might be interested. The Film Center is looking for artists in some way connected to  Africa or Asia for this year’s residency, although all are welcome to apply:

EPFC Summer Artist In Residence Program

This four-week residency is an opportunity for an emerging or established filmmaker to explore our urban Los Angeles neighborhood, utilize EPFC’s equipment and services to facilitate a short film project, and share creative vision, experience and knowledge with the Echo Park community. In addition to the artist completing and exhibiting at least one new work, the terms of the residency include teaching one workshop to local youth (12 hours) on any topic related to media art, and curating one evening screening of films / videos which may be a retrospective of past work or a program of work by other filmmakers whose works reflect ideas of interest and influence to the artist in residence.

The residency, scheduled for the month of August, includes lodging in a nearby apartment and an artist’s stipend, paid in two installments. The selected artist is ideally based in a location outside the greater Los Angeles area with a keen interest in creating and exhibiting work of artistic and social relevance.

And now, the press release for the Scripps lecture:

Adam Davis, professor of art at Scripps College, speaks on “Artist-in-Residence Programs: A Field Manual and Travel Journal,” as part of the Malott Commons Tuesday Noon Academy, on Tuesday, April 5, at 12:00 p.m. The doors will open at 11:45 a.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Over the past twelve years, Professor Davis has participated in several Artist-In-Residence programs, nationally as well as internationally. Davis will discuss these programs as well as sharing his travel diary. He will address the how-to’s of finding a program best suited for ones needs as well as reporting on his own research and experiences.

To date, Professor Davis has participated in residencies at The Archie Bray Foundation For The Ceramic Arts in Helena, MT; The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA; Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder in Trondheim, Norway; Svenska Konstskolans Vänner in Nykarleby, Finland; Sculpture Space in Utica, New York; Bait Makan in Amman Jordan; and Homesession in Barcelona, Spain.

The Tuesday Noon Academy is a weekly, one-hour series of lectures held in the Hampton Room of the Malott Commons. Bring your own lunch, or purchase lunch at the Malott Commons Dining Hall. Dessert and coffee are provided.

For more information, contact the Malott Commons Office at (909) 607-9372.

See you there.

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