Brightwork Fellowship Program Application

The application period for the Brightwork Fellowship Program is open September 15- November 15, 2018.

About the Brightwork Fellowship Program

The Brightwork Fellowship Program is a residency program located within Anchorlight that focuses on service, leadership, and professional development in the visual arts. The Fellowship provides opportunities to artists through exhibition, group critique, community engagement, and service learning experiences. Brightwork Fellows receive a semi-private individual studio as well as shared community work space in which to make their work uninterrupted for a period of one year. This combination of private and shared space fosters an environment of community support, the sharing of knowledge, discourse, and skills.

Who we’re looking for

Brightwork Fellows are visual artists that meet the following criteria:

  • Display obvious talent and individual vision.

  • Are creating original work both in concept and production.

  • Are generous, industrious, and creative thinkers.

  • Demonstrate an ability to work and get along with a variety of other individuals in a semi-private studio environment.

  • Do not currently have access to a public studio space; home studios do not disqualify applicants.

  • Demonstrate a commitment to their practice through an existing body of work.

Application periods and deadlines

Winter 2018/Spring 2019 (Please note that there is only one residency slot available per term.)

Residencies: Winter: December 15, 2018- November 15, 2019

                      Spring: March 15, 2019- February 15, 2020

Accepting applications: September 15-November 15, 2018

Notifications sent: November 26, 2018

Requirements and eligibility

  • Applicants may not be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program during the time of the residency. Applicants may be enrolled in such programs during the application process. Doctoral candidates that have finished all coursework may apply.

  • Applicants must be 18 years of age.

  • Fellows are expected to spend a minimum of 10 hours per week in their studio. Studios have 24 hour access.

  • Applicants are expected to participate in service learning projects. Each fellow is required to lead a series of weekly art classes held at our community partner, Neighbor to Neighbor. Teaching responsibilities rotate among fellows.

  • Solo exhibition: Each fellow is required to stage a solo exhibition at the Anchorlight to coincide with the end of their fellowship.

Materials and Supplies

The Brightwork Fellowship Program does not provide materials or supplies. Fellows are expected to provide their own materials and equipment. Studios are not equipped with sinks. Fellows may use the common area work sink shared with other Anchorlight artists. Specialized equipment requires prior approval. Equipment or materials that produce fumes requiring special ventilation, smoke, fire, excessive dust, or permanent damage to the facilities are not permitted.

Application materials

To be submitted via form below. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Artist statement describing applicant’s work and practice. In this statement please indicate whether you are applying for the Winter or Spring residency. 500 word maximum, PDF format. File label: lastname_firstname_statement.pdf

  • 10 images of current work, less than 3MB each, JPEG format. One artwork per image unless it is an installation view. File label: lastname_firstname_1.jpg, lastname_firstname_2.jpg, etc.

  • Image list. A list that corresponds to the numbered images, stating title, medium, year completed, PDF format. File label: lastname_firstname_list.pdf

  • Resume, PDF format. File label: lastname_firstname_resume.pdf

  • A project proposal detailing the body of work you plan to create during your fellowship. 500 word maximum, PDF format. File label: lastname_firstname_project.pdf

Questions about the program or this application? Email program director Shelley Smith, shelley@anchorlightraleigh.com.


Brightwork Fellowship Program Application Form

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