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Darrow Seeks Artist in Residence Applicants

An opportunity live, work, and teach in our beautiful mountainside community

NEW LEBANON, NY—Darrow School, an independent coed boarding and day school for students in grades 9–12 and a postgraduate year, is seeking an artist whose work is primarily focused in the visual arts to supplement our current course electives with new, innovative offerings. We are seeking an artist who:

  • embraces continuous learning
  • enjoys working with teenagers and serving as a role model for them
  • is a creative problem-solver who is comfortable with letting the artistic process unfold intuitively and is excited to help students cultivate this skill
  • is supportive and compassionate towards all people
  • looks forward to sharing a studio space within a classroom setting so students can witness the artistic process unfold firsthand
  • is excited by the prospect of Project Based Learning (PBL) and collaborating across disciplines
  • possesses the ability to listen and communicate clearly with colleagues and students
  • wants to share their artistic knowledge within our immediate community and also the surrounding community (New Lebanon, Capital Region, & the Berkshires)

The Artist in Residence Program offers the selected artist the opportunity, time, and space to further develop their artwork within a supportive community. The residency, which will begin mid-August 2017 and run until mid-June 2018, will also provide the guest artist with a studio space, teaching and exhibition opportunities, and includes a generous stipend.

The program includes:
  • housing (apartment on campus)
  • meals (when school is in session)
  • studio space in Darrow School’s Joline Arts Center
  • teaching (1–2 classes and weekend workshops)
  • exhibition space
  • stipend ($10,000)

In exchange, the selected artist will be responsible for:

  • teaching (1–2 classes per semester)
  • offering a community weekend workshop (1 per semester)
  • evening lecture on artistic process and artwork (1 per semester)
  • serve as either a house parent on a four-person rotating dorm team (1 night a week and 1 weekend per month) or coach (either competitive or noncompetitive) a sport
  • faculty functions (annual opening and closing meetings, 40-minute Monday faculty meetings, occasional house parent meetings, quarterly in-service meeting)
  • At the conclusion of the residency, donate a piece of artwork (created during the residency) to Darrow School

Darrow School
Darrow School is an independent, co-ed, boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and postgraduate, located on the New York State side of the Berkshires. Darrow offers a comprehensive and individually focused college-preparatory curriculum that features a unique combination of classroom instruction, experiential learning, and environmental consciousness. Students learn within an atmosphere that supports the pursuit of intellectual curiosity, individual creativity, and the joy of learning. The School has been recognized as a pioneer in the field of “hands-on learning,” and Darrow teachers use real-world topics and a dynamic approach to make the subject matter come alive. Darrow School’s mission is dedicated to serving students with a wide variety of backgrounds and abilities, building on each student’s individual talents and interests to inspire enduring confidence for success in college and life. This setting of unparalleled beauty and historical significance has helped define the character of the School and touches the lives of everyone who lives and learns here. The selected artist will be welcomed into a supportive environment of dedicated learners, artists, and teachers.

The Joline Arts Center
As beautiful as it is functional, the 12,000-sq.-ft. Joline Arts Center provides studio and lab spaces for a broad range of fine arts programming, including classrooms and studios specifically designed for painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, and woodworking. In addition to areas for private work and individual projects, the building also includes gallery spaces, seminar rooms, and a graphic design Macintosh computer lab. All Darrow students participate in our fine arts program. Through various community outreach programs, the center also serves as a vital resource for the local art community and nationally recognized art education programs. From its courtyard to its skylights, the building provides well-equipped physical resources that support the needs of students, teachers, and guest artists. A work of art itself, the Joline Arts Center is situated to take full advantage of Darrow’s breathtaking views and designed to offer open spaces with vaulted ceilings and natural light. The result is an arts center that stimulates, motivates, and inspires creativity.

Application Process
A complete application must include the following:
  • resume
  • artist statement
  • letter of intent (stating how you would benefit from this 10-month residency)
  • 10 .jpg images (disks will not be returned)
  • corresponding image list labeled 1–10 with title, material, dimensions, and date
  • 2 references (names and contact information)

Application Deadline: April 1, 2017 

Please send materials to:
 Darrow School
Attn.: Liz Daly Fougère
110 Darrow Road
New Lebanon, NY 12125

Media inquiries: Steve Ricci, Director of Communications, at 518-794-6004, riccis@darrowschool.org

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