Opportunities for Artists: A Call for Artists’ Proposals: The Stream Project – Art Along the Neversink River

Sunday Best curator Patricia Eakins and her husband Peter Martin sponsor the Wildcat Fellowship Program, which awards a residency in the Catskill Mountains to one or more gifted emerging artists each year.  The program gives urban artists a chance to experience art-making in a rural mountain setting of peace and beauty. It also provides young artists with a chance to connect to new audiences in the Catskills.  This year, the Wildcat Fellowship Program is partnering with the Roundout & Neversink Stream Management program of the Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District.  The Neversink River runs from the Catskills to the Delaware River and is captured in a reservoir that provides drinking water to New York City.  The program seeks proposals of strong artistic merit for projects that will highlight the beauty, history, and environmental importance of the Neversink and its natural surroundings.

The two-week residency will take place during the summer of 2011 and is open to artists of all disciplines.  The deadline for applications in February 15, 2011.  Proposals will be reviewed by a jury, and the fellowship recipient will be chosen by early April.

Please read below for more details concerning the fellowship program, the project parameters, and the application requirements.  If you have any questions, please contact Patricia directly by email at fabulara@earthlink.net.

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The Wildcat Fellowship Program

A Call for Proposals for Summer 2011

In partnership with the Roundout & Neversink Stream Management Program of the Sullivan County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Wildcat Fellowship Program seeks projects of high artistic merit that relate to the Neversink River and its mountainous, forested surroundings.

The successful project will raise awareness of one or more of the following:

  • Changing weather patterns that increase flows (winter and fall floods)
  • Invasive plants that threaten forest health, water quality and fish habitat
  • The value of the wilderness aesthetic (compared to the “tame” landscape)
  • The beauty of log jams and gravel bars that move with high water
  • Local history as it relates to the Neversink River

We offer a residency of two weeks with accommodation in a guest house, use of a small studio barn and a bicycle. We will provide appropriate publicity and a stipend of $1,000 to cover art supplies and living expenses such as for food suited to the artist’s own preparation in the guest-house kitchen. For projects involving any of the construction trades, such as carpentry, a technical consultant is available.

Two-page proposals will be accepted and reviewed between now and February 15th, 2011. The selected fellowship recipient will be notified in early April, 2011.

We particularly seek mixed-media works that are site-specific to the Neversink River, which runs from the Catskill Mountains to the Delaware River and is captured in a reservoir to become drinking water for New York City. The site will be selected in consultation with local landowners and/or municipalities.

The proposal will be for a work that:

  • uses natural materials, though perhaps not exclusively
  • raises consciousness of the significance and beauty of the environment and the importance of water quality and purity
  • may be interactive
  • does not harm the environment and is biodegradable yet leaves a presence at the site and in the community
  • produces documentation that is suitable for exhibition off-site
  • contains a community-building component that invites local participation

The artist is expected to be in residence the full two weeks, is responsible for transportation to and from Claryville, New York and must be available for a public presentation of the work at the installation site which will include a brief artist’s talk with Q-and-A. The artist must also be available for the opening and closing of an exhibit of the documentation. The artist is responsible for installation and take-down of this exhibit as well as for the creation of necessary signage and wall texts.

TO SUBMIT: Email the following by February 15, 2011 to Curator Patricia Eakins at fabulara@earthlink.net: (1) link to your website with images of your work, (2) two-page proposal, (3) project abstract of 100 words, (4) artist statement, (5) curriculum vitae. All documents must be MS Word documents or PDFs. No phone calls please.

(photograph by Jennifer Grimes)

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  1. […] of this blog may remember that, back in January, we posted a call for artists’ proposals for The Wildcat Fellowship Program.  A distinguished jury of artists and historians recently selected the innovative duo of Ellie […]


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