Would you be interested in working with Smithsonian scholars and collections to inform your artistic practice? Nominations are now being taken for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellows. This program is entering its fifth year and offers visual artists the opportunity to spend one to three months working with Smithsonian collections and scholars. The SARF program is unique among artist residency programs, offering, instead of a studio, a dynamic research environment in which to investigate the objects, discoveries, and historical events that inspire creative work. The program brings artists together with Smithsonian experts in a variety of disciplines at museums and research centers in the United States and abroad, to explore cross-disciplinary connections between history, art, culture, and science. There is no comparable fellowship program in the United States, and it is right in line with our new Smithsonian Strategic Plan.
SARF fellows are chosen by a panel of SI art experts with input from representatives from the SI history, culture, and science research communities. Fellowship terms are one to three months and for FY 2011 must begin between June 1, 2011 and March 1, 2011.
Nominated applicants will then receive an application which must be filed by December 1, 2010, and will be notified of decisions by March 15, 2011. APPLICANTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN AN SI SPONSOR/ADVISOR BEFORE FILING APPLICATIONS WHO WILL BE WILLING TO ADVISE THEM DURING THEIR PROJECT.
For further information on the program, SARF 2010 guidelines and application form are available on the Office of Fellowships’ site at http://siofg.si.edu/Program/SARF/SARF.htm.
If you are interested in applying send me an email, and we’ll talk!