AVA a-i-r Program
Astoria Visual Arts is delighted to have two exceptional local artists, Andie Sterling and Terry Robinettt, working in its downtown studios from January through April as part of the AVA artist-in-residence (AVA a-i- r) program. Click on their image below to learn about them and their work.
AVA a-i-r is supported by dues and contributions from the members of Astoria Visual Arts and sponsored in part by the generosity of:
Astoria Coffee House & Bistro | Astoria Co-op Grocery | City Lumber Company
Dots 'N Doodles Art Supplies | Fort George Brewery + Public House
About the program
The AVA a-i-r Program is designed to encourage the creative, intellectual and professional growth of local emerging artists. Residency finalists are chosen on the basis of merit by an independent selection panel of professionals in the arts and arts patrons. The selected artists are provided with a studio in the Astoria Downtown Historic District free of charge for a four-month residency period. Artists who have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply with an updated portfolio and statement reflecting updates and changes.
The disciplines, and what to submit:
Eligibility: Emerging artists, at least 18 years of age and living within the greater Astoria area, will be judged on the quality of the their work and professional promise. (AVA a-i-r does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.)
Requirements: While no exhibition, publication or performance is required of the selected artist, community responsibility includes weekend open studio events during Astoria's Second Saturday ArtWalk at least twice during the three-month residency.
Length of stay: Four-month-long residencies.
Aid: Selected artists will be provided with a small studio in the Astoria Downtown Historic District, free of charge. Some additional financial help with art supplies and drink/food vouchers may be provided. (Art supply request form will be included with the letter of invitation after acceptance.)
Call for artists will be by local media, web posting and social media.
Selection committee: An independent panel of working artists and supporters will serve as the selection committee.
Residency extensions: Current a-i-r artists are eligible to extend their residencies into the next residency cycle. However, in order to extend their residency, the current resident artists must submit a new application in which they make the case, through narrative and documentation, that they used the residency well to date, but need more time to bring project(s) to completion or, at least, closer to completion. Note that an application for extension does not guarantee selection. The process remains competitive.
Include in your application:
Website (if available)
An essay of no more than 250 words.
Please answer within the essay: "What are your goals for this residency?" and "How might the residency help your creative pursuits?"
Email submission materials and more information to:
AVA a-i-r Alumni:
David Coyne July-Sept 2015
Annie Eskelin, Jan-March 2016
Kinzi Gordon Oct-Dec 2015
Liz Harris Oct-Dec 2015
Sarah Hendrickson April-June 2015
Rachel Jensen, April-June 2016
H. Elizabeth Koch July-Sept 2015
Sarah Lippold, Jan-March 2016
David Plechl, April-June 2016
Meghann Sprague, April-June 2016; July-September 2016
Blaine Verley, Jan-March 2016
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