Entry Fee (Alaskan AIR Artist in Residence): $25.00
Images | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 5
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 3
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 3, Maximum:Max. 5
Bunnell Street Arts Center's "Alaska AIR" Artist-in-Residency program seeks international, US and Alaska artists looking to create new work and deeply engage Bunnell’s community.
Bunnell seeks artists to strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of Homer through the arts by addressing pertinent themes. These may include accessibility, inclusion, decolonization, sustainability, skills sharing and exchange, enhancing community well being, joy, or artistic strategies to build connection within communities.
Mediums include, but are not limited to, visual, literary and performing arts, social and civic practice, ephemeral art, moving image, movement, music composition and performance.
About Bunnell Street Arts Center
A non-profit, multidisciplinary arts center located at Tuggeht (Dena’ina, at the shore), Bunnell Street Arts Center occupies Indigenous lands currently stewarded by Ninilchik Village Tribe. Since time immemorial, these lands have been home to the Dena’ina and Sugpiaq people living around Kachemak Bay, or Qacikmak in Suge’stun, the language of the Sugpiaq people.
The Arts Center is located in a historic Trading Post building in the rural community presently known as Homer, Alaska. Founded in 1991, Bunnell’s mission is to spark artistic inquiry, innovation, and equity to strengthen the physical, social and economic fabric of Alaska through the arts. Bunnell's programs include artist residencies, Artist-in-Schools programs, exhibits and an Alaska art gallery, performances and concerts of all kinds, public art projects, and inclusive community engagement. Bunnell Arts has been a powerful force in shaping and connecting Alaska’s cultural landscape since 1991.
Learn more about Bunnell work at www.bunnellarts.org.
Alaska AIR Applications and Jurying
Alaska AIR is a juried residency program. Applications are accepted September 15 – October 31. There is a $25 application fee. (Needs-based waivers are available. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a waiver of application fees). Applicants are notified by December 31.
The strongest Alaska AIR applications show a clear and unified body of work. The artist’s work and intentions are clearly represented and described. The project proposal is clear, specific, and demonstrates a strong community engagement component that seeks to strengthen the social, physical and economic fabric of Homer and beyond by addressing pertinent themes.
The Alaska AIR jury is comprised of Bunnell artists, staff, board and community members. One to four Alaska AIR residencies are awarded annually, as Bunnell’s funding and scheduling permit.
Bunnell's Alaska AIR residencies are generally scheduled October - April annually, during the fall, winter, and spring months.
A premier exhibition and performance space with historic charm on Bunnell's main floor doubles as an open studio for artists in residence. Lodging is generally a private room with a private baths with a shared kitchen and living area located in the Old Town Bed & Breakfast upstairs from Bunnell Street Arts Center.
Residency scheduling and program design is done in consultation with Bunnell's Artistic Director.
- Residency length: generally one month
- Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
- Number of residencies in most recent year: 12 (These include Bunnell's Alaska AIR and other residency programs).
Facilities & Services
- Studio information: The residency studio is Bunnell’s spacious 1000 sq foot main exhibition gallery, open to the public during regular gallery hours Monday-Saturday.
- Housing: Private bedroom with private bath in a shared housing facility at the Old Town Bed & Breakfast or elsewhere in Bunnell's Old Town neighborhood.
- Meals: occasional meals/food provided, shared kitchen; restaurants and grocery stores nearby (walking distance).
- Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
- Studios/special equipment available: piano; sound system (mixer, monitors, mains, mics, cables); light board and theater lights; HD/3D video projector, HD video camera, tripod; nipping press, small printing press; workshop furniture (tables, chairs); reception inventory (tables, chairs, bowls, cutlery, etc). office equipment. Bunnell also draws on its active and engaged community to meet artists' needs for space, equipment, collaboration or other.
- Bicycle available for use. Occasional use of vehicles may be found.
Residency stipend and support
- $2000 stipend for 1 month residency (pro-rated if shorter/longer)
- Round trip travel to Homer (up to $1000 value)
- Lodging in a private room with private bath, shared kitchen and living area in the Old Town Bed & Breakfast above the Arts Center or elsewhere in the Old Town neighborhood.
- $250 materials stipend
Additional expectations / opportunities
- To engage the community and impart a lasting effect, Alaska AIR artists generally provide an artist talk, a workshop or outreach event, and share at work created during the residency in an installation, exhibit, performance, reading, screening or other event upon consultation with Bunnell's Artistic Director.
Applications for Bunnell Street Arts Center's Alaska AIR program should include:
- An artist statement
- A statement of intent and residency proposal.
- Preferred months of residency and any special needs.
- A resume
- $25 application fee (Needs-based Waivers available)
- Work samples (see below)
Worksamples will differ according to each artist's work.
- Worksamples** may be images, audio, video, or a combination thereof.
- Up to 5 work samples may be images.
- Up to 3 work samples may be audio.
- Up to 3 work samples may be video.
- **Writers may include up to 10 pages of written work as a PDF. Please note, the Alaska AIR application on CaFE will require a minimum of 3 work samples of audio/video/image. Writers may submit jpgs of pages, audio/video clips of readings, or other solutions to meet this requirement.
- Open to International, US, and Alaska artists
- Application deadline: October 31 annually