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Orange County Great Park Artist-in-Residence Program

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Entry Deadline: 9/25/13
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The Orange County Great Park Corporation in Irvine, California seeks public artists from all creative disciplines (including all areas of visual and performing arts, interdisciplinary arts, literary arts, and design, & architecture) for five-month residencies in artists’ studios located within the Palm Court Arts Complex in the Orange County Great Park. Dedicated to designing site-specific art for the park as well as creating an educational dialogue with the community, the residency program will provide artists with studio space for studio work and staffed open studio hours to enable interaction with the general public. With the intent of fostering imaginative concepts and definitions of what a large-scale metropolitan art park can be, artists will be encouraged to present screenings, performances, exhibitions, workshops, or lectures to facilitate an exchange of ideas between the artist and the public. These scheduled activities will be intended to assist each artist in refining a final project proposal for installation or production. The residency will conclude with submission of detailed project plans, work samples and prototype which respond to an element or theme of the Great Park. Plans may be implemented at the discretion of the Great Park management and board. Artists will receive a $7,500 grant stipend for their residency. Selection will be based on experience and intent, not a specific project proposal. Development of the project proposal will take place during the course of the residency and should reflect that same type of artwork and materials submitted to the judging panel for consideration. Two artist residencies will commence as early as January, 2013. Qualified artists not selected for current opportunities may be placed on an eligibility list for future residencies in 2013-14. Requirements of Residency Selected artists will be expected to maintain regularly scheduled studio hours for a minimum of 24 hours a month to provide opportunities for public engagement and enable the public to experience the creative process. The Artists Studios are staffed and open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The required goal of the residency will be the submission of a site-specific project proposal. Project proposals may be implemented at the discretion of the Great Park management and board. Artists will pay for materials with grant stipend provided for the residency. Attendance at select Great Park or City of Irvine Board Meetings and staff meetings will also be required. Studio Facilities The Artists Studios building is a multi-function space that includes three studio spaces; a project room for special exhibitions, performances, and film screenings; and an artists-only lounge. Depending on need, average studio sizes will range from 150 – 500 square feet. Individual studios may be separated from a commons area via temporary partitions. Additional shared spaces for artists include a clean-up area, storage lockers, kitchen and rest rooms. The facilities are equipped with large windows for natural light, overhead lighting, ceiling fans, space heaters, wireless internet access, television monitor , tables, chairs, ladders, projector & screen, and dollies. Specialized equipment such as computers and printers will not be provided. Artists will be expected to bring their own tools and materials. In addition, please be advised that building code restrictions on some art production techniques and some types of materials will apply. Resident artists will have access to the studio building from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily. Housing Accommodations Artists will be responsible for securing their own housing. The Great Park cannot provide housing for artists to stay overnight. Location The former Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro in Irvine, California is currently being transformed into the Orange County Great Park -- the first great metropolitan park of the 21st Century. Strategically situated halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, the Orange County Great Park is located in the city of Irvine in central Orange County. Spanning more than 1,300 acres, the Great Park will be nearly twice the size of New York’s Central Park once complete. The Great Park’s award-winning master plan embraces environmental sustainability, preserves Orange County’s agricultural heritage, and honors the military history of the former air base, setting a new standard for sustainable park design and urban planning. Upon completion, the Orange County Great Park will join America’s inventory of national treasures and set a new standard for great metropolitan parks around the world. In 2007, a 27-acre “Preview Park” debuted featuring an iconic giant orange tethered helium balloon ride. Over 200,000 balloon riders have ascended 400 feet in the air to enjoy a 360 degree view that spans up to 40 miles. Over the years the park has expanded to include a pioneering Food + Farm Lab, and 11-acre Festival Site, a Great Lawn, walkable historical timeline, carousel, Kids Rock playground, citrus groves, picnic areas, and a working farm to feed people in need. Currently under construction are a new Visitor Center, sports fields, and community gardens. These large developed spaces have hosted cultural events, summer music festivals, and Cirque du Soleil, and have drawn more than 800,000 patrons annually. In addition, a historic aircraft hangar and two support buildings constructed in 1943 have been rehabilitated as an experimental public arts + culture “incubator” space. These vintage buildings are unified by an iconic Palm Court designed to support outdoor installations and events. The Hanger is a popular location for events, while one former squadron building serves as the Great Park Gallery and another has been converted into Artists Studios. Please visit for more information about the Orange County Great Park “Vision” which shows many aspirations for future Park development. Various Park elements already exist in incubator form in the current Park. Artist Eligibility The Orange County Great Park Artist-In-Residence program is open to adult artists from around the world who work in any discipline including, but not limited to, visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and interdisciplinary arts. A panel of art professionals will judge candidacy based on experience and intent, not a specific project proposal. Consideration for residency will be determined by artistic quality, potential community impact, professional development, and compliance with selection criteria. Artist Selection Criteria - Minimum age requirement of 18 years - Artist’s experience and interest in creating public outreach programs such as lectures, demonstrations, workshops, exhibitions, temporary installations, performances, or other public art opportunities - Artist’s potential to activate public space and draw new audiences to the Park - Artist’s interest in participating in Great Park public events and programs - Artist’s work in relation to Great Park values of education, culture, history, design, recreation, sustainability, community service, and public health - Artist’s ability to meet goals and objectives during the residency - Compatibility of art medium and feasibility of working in the Great Park Artists Studios - Ability to commit to spending significant creative time at the Park and keeping regular open studio hours - Evaluation of professional credentials and achievements Submission Requirements For consideration for the artist-in-residence program, artists must fully complete an application which includes answering all questions and submitting a resume. Visual artists must provide up to six images. Literary and Performing artists must provide links to writings, videos or audio files. Work samples should exhibit range and artistic quality, as well as reflect the art form(s) to be demonstrated during the residency. Grant Stipend Artists will receive a $7,500 grant stipend for their residency. Payment will be issued in three installments: $2,500 within 30 days of grant agreement finalization, $2,500 at mid-point, and $2,500 at conclusion of residency. Calendar & Deadlines Entries will be accepted until 11:59 pm MDT on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. Incomplete applications or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Notification of selections will be made by December, 2012. Selected artists may begin residency between January – June, 2013. Contact Information For further information, please contact: Kevin Staniec 949-724-6583

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