Sun Peaks Artist Residency
Sun Peaks, located in scenic Colorado Springs, CO, hosts an innovative nonprofit Artist-In-Residency program that provides multi-disciplinary artists the opportunity to experience this unique model of beauty, balance and environmental sustainability. Here residents experience unfettered time to allow for thoughtful reflection and meditation on the creative process in a setting that preserves the integrity of our natural resources.
We believe that the arts, in collaboration with the sciences, can help solve contemporary environmental issues. This interaction is an essential avenue for innovation and invention, and is a way to explore, envision and critique possible futures. Science and Art both attempt to explain the world around us in ways that can be complementary to each other. The essence of the Artist-In-Residence program is to provide an atmosphere where artists can engage in meaningful interaction and stimulating discussions, while pursuing individual or group projects. Participants span all disciplines from architecture to visual art, and from science to education. So the conversation is going to be great.
Now, imagine yourself in a place of amazing beauty and you are on your own schedule.You can engage socially, or work 24/7.
When you want to take a break, you might sit by the award winning Koi ponds in reflection, or gaze at the magnificent Pikes Peak mountain range, or work out in the gym, or take a steam or dry sauna, climb through sacred Indian grounds, walk in the woods, or enjoy the many state of the art entertainment areas in the house.
Or you might ask Ray Armstrong, the founder of Sun Peaks, to take you on a tour of the “Green” systems he has created. Learn about the inter-dependence of the five elements of this sustainability model: The Koi Ponds , gardens, solar energy systems, water treatment, and art and design.
Residents are encouraged to focus on some aspect or unique theme of the property and its environment. For example, a printmaker utilized the Sun to do solar prints ; photographers never tire of capturing the changing vistas ; students have made videos of the transition of Koi from their inside winter pools to the outside pools in spring. Artists have made statement pieces about environmental issues, displaying their ability to move outside the status quo and their comfort with uncertainty, risk-taking, and improvisation.
When exposed to the incredible natural beauty of this site, most are simply inspired to new directions….
The residency begins with an informal supper to introduce the artists to Sun Peaks and one another, and to discuss the schedule and format for the residency. Artists are given a tour of the grounds and the working studio space. Artists are provided with a private room with a full-size bed, refrigerator, and desk space with a spectacular view of the Pikes Peak Mountain range. Handicap accessible.
There are laundry facilities available onsite. Sun Peaks arranges transportation to the market twice a week. Residents are given access to office, computer, and audio/visual equipment as needed, as well as meeting space. High speed wireless internet is available throughout all studios, common areas, and private rooms.
There is a NO FEE to apply. Residents are responsible for travel, food, shipping and removal of their work and equipment/supplies at the end of the residency. A stipend of $500 for two weeks or $800 for one month is provided to off-set expenses. If another Foundation or Agency is funding your Residency, you can still receive a Sun Peaks stipend.
Artists are prominently represented on our website and event postings and in our annual print catalogue. Also, if desired, the artist’s work will be offered for sale onsite and on the website.
Transportation will be provided to and from either Colorado Springs Airport or Denver International Airport. Sun Peaks does not provide visas, however we will provide international artists with an official letter of invitation that may be used to obtain a visa or other necessary documents.
Length of Residencies.
The residencies generally run two – four weeks and are scheduled year round. All four seasons are distinctly beautiful in this mountain town…the perfect environment to reflect and think.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. If there is more than one resident at any given time, we encourage the possibility of collaboration. Exploring the intersection of the arts with social and scientific matters creates leading edge thinking and breakthrough solutions.
-Open to all artists of various disciplines (US and International)
– Requirement: a basic command of the English language is necessary.
– Must be at least 18 years old at the time of the residency
– Overnight guests, spouses, children, and pets are not permitted to stay in housing during the residency. Please let us know if you have a medical caretaker, a service animal, or other medical needs so we have plenty of time to accommodate your needs.
HOW TO APPLY
Proposals are accepted year-round.
1.Written Proposal Summary
We ask applicants for a one or two page proposal that describes why the project or art-piece(s) should be created at Sun Peaks, how it would enhance the creative, educational or local community, and how it would benefit the applicant. Include sketches if applicable. Also be sure to include contact information.
Each residency will include a means of sharing the work with the community; this can take the form of a visit to the studio from a local art class, a local gallery exhibit, a presentation of work and a talk at an event to be sponsored by Sun Peaks, or whatever you devise. Please consider this in your proposal. And, include your preference for time of year ( remember: Colorado mountains! )
Residencies are intended as professional and creative development opportunities for visual artists in all media, writers in creative non-fiction, fiction, poetry and drama. Proposals for residencies must be compatible with working studio space, facilities and resources.
We encourage proposals from both mature, mid-career artists and emerging talent.
Emerging Artist – open to any age over eighteen. Designed for artists in the critical early stages of their career who would benefit from time to focus on their work without daily pressures. You have been creating your work for less than ten years and may not have had the opportunity to have a significant exhibition in a gallery or museum. ( Or produced a film, book, etc.) Included in the Residency is a workshop on The Business of Art. Presented by Marne Adler, Director of the Artist-In-Residency Program, this is a much needed primer for today’s working artist. You will develop the skills you need to kick-start your career and learn the changing new marketing techniques for independent, entrepreneurial visual and multi-media artists. For information on Marne Adler:……
Established artist – Designed for those who have had major exhibitions, been published, or teach within their discipline. Most will have had more than ten years of active studio practice or experience within their industry. Designed for artists who want a new perspective, to go in a new direction, or develop a long-desired project.
Please submit this Proposal Summary to firstname.lastname@example.org
Once the proposal is reviewed, you will be contacted and you may be asked to provide the following:
2. Curriculum Vitae, Bio, or Resume
3. Funding support (one paragraph, identifying any funding bodies that artist is approaching to support the residency, or statement of fiscal responsibility by the artist) Invited artists are frequently nominated for the program by the entity funding their residency. These nominations as well as applications submitted through the open call on our website are reviewed by the Director of Residency Programs.
We ask that you provide one personal and two professional references. They should primarily address your skills, self-motivation and self-direction. These individuals should know you well enough to address these qualities objectively.
5. Work Sample
submit 10-20 digital images of work completed in the past two years. For each image list your name, number and title of piece, media and dimensions, date completed and description contextualizing the work on a corresponding sheet.
Filmmakers, multimedia, installation and new genre artists: 10-20 digital images, and up to 5 min of time based work.
Writers submit two complete examples of work written within the last two years. Please include date completed and description contextualizing the work on a corresponding sheet.
In addition, any pdfs, website links, press material, catalogs or publications, etc. may be considered.
**Tenant Residencies – Open to Colorado Springs area artists who wish to have day-studio availability. In an effort to provide local artists the same opportunity to experience Sun Peaks, studio rental is subsidized for up to a month. Participants are selected through the above application process on the basis of availability.