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[BKARTS] REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for HANDS-ON-ART VISITING ARTIST PROJECT



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May 10, 2002

For IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WOMEN'S STUDIO WORKSHOP
Request for Proposals for the
HANDS-ON-ART VISITING ARTIST PROJECT
Two Eight Week Residencies

Contact:   Anita Wetzel, Development Director

Residency Dates:  September - October 2003  and March - April 2004

Deadline for Applications: Postmarked by July 1, 2002

Notification of Grant Awards: March 2003

Women's Studio Workshop (WSW), located in Rosendale, New York (90 miles
north of New York City),  will be seeking funding from the National
Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a special combined ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE
and ART-IN-EDUCATION project to take place in fall 2003 and spring 2004.

For these two residencies, WSW is especially interested in providing
opportunities to emerging artists who come from different regions of the
country and/or diverse cultural backgrounds.  This Request for Proposals
(RFP) is a two step process.  An artist interested in this opportunity
first submits materials to WSW; WSW then applies to NEA.

The two residencies for the HANDS-ON-ART VISITING ARTIST PROJECT are
scheduled for September - October 2003 and March - April 2004. Each
eight week residency will support an emerging artist to produce a
limited edition artist's book and work with young people in WSW's
art-in-education program.  Each award includes a $3,200 stipend, a $450
materials budget, housing and unlimited studio access. The visiting
artist lives in WSW's on-site apartment. Each artist is responsible for
their own meals, however weekdays staff and visiting artists gather for
pot luck lunches.

Structure of Residency
The first month of the residency is devoted to all aspects of design and
production of a limited edition artist's book.  WSW maintains hand
papermaking, intaglio, letterpress, offset, silkscreen printing studios
and a darkroom. WSW staff will provide technical advice, and when
possible, help with editioning.

The second month of the residency the artist continues book production
and works with young people in the context of WSW's longstanding
art-in-education program with public school students. The visiting
artist will have approximately 20 student contact hours over one month.
The curriculum will be devised by WSW staff based on some aspect of the
visiting artist's work or book project.

Application Materials (there is no formal application form):

for the Artist's Book:
one page description of artist's book project
medium to be used for printing book
number of pages
page size
edition size (100 preferred)
structural dummy
materials budget

In addition to the above, please send:
resume
one page description of relevant experience working with young people
10 slides of recent work
SASE for return of materials

Background - WSW's Art-In-Education Program
WSW's public school program, HANDS-ON-ART, consists of a series of three
full-day experiences over the course of one month in WSW's studios and
three in-school classroom experiences.  The teaching team includes WSW
artist/teachers, the school classroom teacher, and the school art
teacher. Small groups of students (usually 8 to a group) rotate through
WSW's studios - typically printmaking, papermaking, book arts - spending
a full day in each studio. The curriculum and project are developed by
WSW and the school teachers involved in the program.  Age groups vary
from upper elementary through high school. At the end of the program a
special exhibition takes place for the students, their teachers, parents
and administrators.

The Artist-In-Residence's Responsibilities
WSW's Art-In-Education Coordinator will be responsible for creating the
art-in-education curriculum for the HANDS-ON-ART VISITING ARTIST
PROJECT, using the visiting artist's work or book project as a focus and
relating it to the students' classroom curriculum and the New York State
Learning Standards for the grade levels involved.

The Art-In-Education Coordinator, in conjunction with the
Artist-in-Residence, will develop a context in which the visiting artist
is part of the teaching team and interacts with students during the
program, for instance, presenting a slide lecture, leading a workshop,
doing a demonstration. HANDS-ON-ART takes place in April and in October.
The visiting artist's contact hours with students will be approximately
5 hours a week for each of four weeks.

The HANDS-ON-ART program is partly designed to allow students an
opportunity to work with the special equipment and tools at WSW, which
are not available in the schools; projects will be developed  that use
the studios to their best advantage.

WOMEN'S STUDIO WORKSHOP, founded in 1974, is a nonprofit artists'
workspace founded and run by women to serve as a supportive working
environment for all persons interested in the visual arts.  WSW
coordinates grants, fellowships, internships, exhibition opportunities
and Summer Arts Institute, a professional education program.

For further information about WSW and its programs:
Website:  wsworkshop.org Phone:  845-658-9133 E-mail:  wsw@ulster.net

Applications (POSTMARKED by JULY 1, 2002)  should be sent to:
HANDS-ON-ART VISITING ARTIST PROJECT
WOMEN'S STUDIO WORKSHOP
P.O. Box 489
Rosendale, NY 12472

Materials sent by FED EX or UPS, please use:722 Binnewater Lane,
Kingston, NY 12401

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Women's Studio Workshop
P.O. Box 489
Rosendale, NY 12472
tel. 845.658.9133 fax. 845.658.9031
http://www.wsworkshop.org

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