Funded Residencies in Different Fields of Study in the US from Oak Spring Garden

Date limite : 12 août 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: The Oak Spring Garden Foundation

Spécialités: sciences , Beaux arts

Niveau d'études: Premier cycle

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Funded Residencies in Different Fields of Study in the US from Oak Spring Garden

In 2021 the Oak Spring Garden Foundation will host five separate five-week interdisciplinary residencies. Each session is designed to support eight artists, conservation practitioners, researchers, scholars, scientists or writers who are pursuing work inspired by plants, gardens and landscapes. The goal of this residency program is to provide individuals with the time and space to pursue their own creative projects alongside other residents who may be examining the natural world from different perspectives. By living and working side-by-side in a supportive environment with individuals of varying backgrounds and interests, the foundation hope it's residents experience interdisciplinary inspiration and interaction.

Residents Categories:

The program is mainly directed toward individuals in four overlapping, very broad, categories:

  • Artists and Writers.
  • Researchers & Scholars in the Humanities.
  • Conservation Scientists & Practitioners.
  • Plant & Ecological Scientists.


Residents will be exceptional practitioners who desire time and space to work on their creative projects. Awards will be granted based on excellence and merit, the applicant’s interest in joining an interdisciplinary cohort of artists-practitioners-researchers-scientists, and their work’s relationship to OSGF’s mission. Awardees cannot be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and must reside on-site for the entire duration of the program. The foundation do not allow pets or overnight visitors during the residency.


Applicants selected for this award will receive a $2,000 individual grant. Residents should arrange transportation to Dulles International Airport. The foundation will then arrange transport to the Oak Spring estate in Upperville, VA. Residents who complete this program will be able to apply to the foundation's annual Alumni Residency.

Resident's Obligations:

The only requirement placed on residents after the initial introductory events is that they participate in a Residency Showcase during the final week of the residency. The Residency Showcase is a fun, informal opportunity for staff and a small number of guests to visit with the participants, see the visual artist’s studios, and learn about what residents have worked on during their time at Oak Spring.


Residents will attend a series of events during the first week to become familiarized with the site, the foundation's staff, and the other residents in their cohort. These events will include tours of the formal garden, landscape and library, as well as an informal “meet-and-greet” with Oak Spring staff. After this introduction residents are free to work independently on their projects, explore the 700-acre sustainably managed landscape, and make appointments to visit the library during office hours (Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm).

Because OSGF believes in the importance of good, sustainably grown and locally sourced food, it will provide a chef who will prepare multiple communal dinners and prepare some “grab-and-go” lunches using produce from the on-site Biocultural Conservation Farm. Residents will be expected to attend dinners prepared by the chef in order to promote interactions, facilitate interdisciplinary conversations and contribute to developing a stronger sense of community. Oak Spring will also provide a residency facilitator who will live on-site to provide day-to-day support to residents and arrange field trips and other social events.

About Oak Spring:

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation (OSGF) is an operating foundation dedicated to sharing the gifts and ideas of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon. Its mission is to support and inspire fresh thinking and bold action on the history and future of plants, including the art and culture of plants, gardens and landscapes.

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