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The Marfa Contemporary Artist in Residence program was instituted in 2012 with the aim of supporting the development of artists of diverse ages, backgrounds, and disciplines. Artists involved in painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, installation, performance related media and other fine art media are eligible to apply for a residency. The competition is open to US residents currently residing in the US. Non US residents residing in the US may be eligible to apply if they are currently in receipt of the necessary visas and documentation to continue residence. The residency is for a two or three month period in agreement with the chosen artist and Dr. Roncone.

The Artist in Residence program provides an opportunity for artists from the USA to work in a unique natural environment. Marfa is a small town in a sparsely populated area of far West Texas and artists should be prepared to spend a great portion of their time alone. A residency at Marfa Contemporary is perfect for those artists who seek a quiet environment that remains largely unfettered by industrialism. Due to the isolation of Marfa it is a condition of acceptance that the artist have a valid drivers license that permits them to drive in the USA.

Marfa Contemporary provides a furnished apartment and artist studio. A stipend of $1'100 per month is provided to assist with living expenses and art materials, subject to a 30% federal withholding for non-residents, during the term of the residency. Flights and travel costs to and from Marfa will be borne by Marfa Contemporary. Any car hire/rental cost or travel costs the artist incurs during the residency will be self-funded. It is expected that the artist, during his/her residency, will participate in school workshops, actively engage with the local community and present an exhibit of their work at the close of the residency period or a period later designated to suit both the artist and Marfa Contemporary.

The 2014 Fall residency is now open. A $20 application fee is payable online using the link below. Applications that are not supported by the online fee will not be considered. The deadline for applying is June 30th 2014. The 2014 residency dates will be either September 1st-December 1st 2014 or September 1st to November 1st 2014 in agreement with the artist. The winner will be notified in late July 2014.



Artist Statement

20 slide images OR a CD with 20 PDF or JPEG digital files (2 MB maximum file size per image) OR a DVD of up to 30 minutes of video work.

Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30, 2014. 

Applications can be mailed to:
Dr. Natalie Maria Roncone
Artist in Residence Application
Marfa Contemporary
100 E. San Antonio Street,
Po Box 1233,
Marfa, Texas 79843

For questions about the Artist in Residence program or the submission process, contact

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