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Open Call for Applications

The call for Workspace 2014–2015 applications is now closed.

We are no longer accepting applications for Workspace 2014-2015. Please sign up for Opportunities for Artists to stay up to date on our other artist opportunities.

Application Guidelines

Please note that Application Guidelines are new for 2014–2015.

If you have any questions after reviewing the Workspace Application Guidelines, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. If you have additional questions, LMCC staff is happy to assist. Please email workspaceapp@lmcc.net.

Applicant Eligibility

Emerging visual artists, performing artists, and writers working in all disciplines and genres are eligible to apply for Workspace.

Workspace is a good fit for applicants who are:

  • Generating new and original work and engaged in a contemporary dialogue
  • Seeking to foster a rigor of practice by dedicating time and focus to the creative process
  • In need of studio space in which to experiment and develop new work
  • Seeking a community of peers to engage in creative and professional dialogue over nine months in Lower Manhattan
  • Seeking to make connections with a network of curators, presenters, dramaturgs, editors, and other arts professionals working in and around New York City
  • Interested in opportunities to share in-progress work with audiences

Visual artists and writers who work as a collaborative pair (no more than 2) are eligible to apply. Eligible collaborative applicants should submit one application and a joint biography and resume that demonstrate a history of collaboration.

Performing arts groups (no more than 3 in a group) are eligible to apply. Eligible performing arts group applicants should submit one application and an integrated biography and resume that demonstrate a history of collaboration or work as a performing arts group.

International artists are eligible for this program. Please note that LMCC offers studio space only, NOT living space. If accepted, international participants are responsible for their own visa, travel, living, and housing expenses and arrangements. LMCC can only offer minimal assistance to international residents in securing necessary immigration documents. The small stipend/materials fee will not be sufficient for living expenses.

Applicants must choose to apply as a visual artist, performing artist, or writer; applicants cannot apply in multiple categories.

Commercially focused artists with a client-based practice should review the resources offered by Workspace to determine if the program is appropriate for their artistic practice.

Applicant Restrictions

  • Artists and writers who will be participating in another residency or professional development program from September 2014–May 2015;
  • Artists and writers who will be matriculated as students at any level from September 2014–May 2015;
  • Artists and writers who have been previously served by LMCC’s Studioscape, World Views, New Views, or Workspace residency programs;
  • Artists and writers who were selected for any LMCC residency program during 2013.

Application Review Process and Selection Criteria

In general LMCC receives more than 1,000 applications for Workspace each year. Applicants are reviewed by juries comprised of arts and literary professionals and artists. The jurors change each year (click here for a list of past jurors). Visual artists, performing artists, and writers are reviewed by separate discipline-specific juries.

The juries review and rank all applicants according to the following criteria:

  • Merit of past work, based on submitted Work Sample;
  • Career record, according to narrative Biography and Resume;
  • Proposed projects and ideas, as expressed in Proposal and Statement;

LMCC is committed to maintaining diversity in all of its programs.

Participant Requirements

Workspace participants make a serious commitment to Workspace for the entire nine-month session. Workspace participants are expected to utilize the studio actively and consistently (on average artists are in their studios 20–40 hours per week). In addition, regular attendance at Salon Evenings and participation in public programs like open studios is required. At the close of the program, participants are required to submit a final report containing a narrative about their experience in the program and representative work samples.

It is vital to the success of the program that Workspace participants fully take advantage of the unique resources we are able to provide. For this reason, Workspace participants cannot simultaneously participate in another residency, professional development, or degree-granting program while participating in Workspace.

Application Instructions

The Workspace application is collected through an online application form with submission of work samples (images, video, audio, or writing samples).

On the Online Application Form, Applicants are asked to provide:

  • Contact Information
  • Two Professional References (Contact Information Only)
  • Narrative Biography (100 words)
  • One-Page Artist Resume
  • Artist’s or Writer’s Statement (100 words)
  • Proposal (200 words)
  • Work Sample Information

Work Sample Instructions

The Work Sample is a critical element of your application. Prepare a well-organized Work Sample that represents your best work.

Work Samples will be collected online via the Online Application Form. You must prepare your files and file names or links before you submit them online.

Visual Artists
Choose one of three Work Sample Options. Follow the guidelines to prepare your Work Sample, and then submit them via the Online Application Form.

Option 1 — Digital Images:

Eight (8) digital images:

  • Images must be saved as JPEG files, 800 pixels in the longest dimension, at 72dpi.
  • Each image filename must be saved as: “LastName-FirstName-#” (e.g. Smith-John-01.jpg / Smith-John-02.jpg / etc.)
  • During the selection process, images will be viewed one at a time as a projection.
  • Prints, slides, catalogs, original artwork, and other materials are not accepted and will be discarded.

Option 2 — Video/Audio:

Four (4) minutes of video/audio:

  • For time-based media only.
  • Applicants may submit up to two (2) clips of video/audio totaling no more than four (4) minutes of footage.
  • During the selection process, videos will be projected.
  • Video/Audio clips are accepted as Weblinks to clips hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). We recommend that you submit a video (which can contain one clip or multiple clips) that has been edited down to the allotted time. If your clip is longer than the allotted time, provide the starting (cue) point.
  • Applicants should provide passwords for password-protected videos if applicable.
  • Applicants should ensure that hosted online Work Samples follow the above guidelines and are accessible online at least six months beyond the Application Deadline.

Option 3 — Combination of Images and Video/Audio:

Four (4) digital images AND two (2) minutes (1 clip) of video or audio:
Follow above instructions for labeling and formatting.

Performing Artists
Submit a total of four (4) minutes of video in no more than two (2) clips by providing online links.

  • Applicants may submit up to two (2) clips of video totaling no more than four (4) minutes of footage.
  • Indicate the cue time (i.e. cue 0:00, cue 3:24).
  • During the selection process, videos will be projected.
  • Each clip will be played for no more than the allotted time from the cue point; start times for each clip should mark the beginning of a segment that best represents your work.
  • Video clips are accepted as Weblinks to clips hosted on external sites (YouTube, Vimeo, etc.). We recommend that you submit a continuous clip that has been edited down to the allotted time.
  • Applicants should provide passwords for password-protected videos if applicable.
  • Applicants should caption video Work Samples using this format: Work Sample #, Title, Date, Venue, Cue, Original Running Time; (Example: 1, Dance Sketch, 2010, HERE Arts Center, Cue 4:30, ORT 38:00).
  • Applicants should ensure that hosted online Work Samples follow the above guidelines and are accessible online at least six months beyond the Application Deadline.

Writers
Choose one of the following options to submit as a PDF. Applicants may provide any number of works totaling the designated number of pages. The applicant’s name, title of the work, and a page number should appear on each page of the manuscript.

  • Option 1 — Fiction, Non-Fiction, or Script: Up to 20 double-spaced pages in 10–12 point font.
  • Option 2 — Poetry: Up to 10 pages in 10–12 point font.

We do not accept:
- Applications or Work Samples by conventional mail;
- 35mm slides or VHS;
- Original artwork;
- PowerPoint presentations or slideshows;
- Handwritten documents;
- Letters of recommendation;
- Support materials, including reviews, catalogues, and publications.

Work Samples that do not function or do not follow the above submission guidelines will not be considered.

Applications will only be considered if they are complete, on time, and adhere to all guidelines. A complete application includes complete submission of the Online Application Form AND the Work Sample by the deadline, Thursday, January 30, 2014, 5pm.

All applicants will be notified via email about their application status around May/June 2014. PLEASE DO NOT CALL OR EMAIL TO INQUIRE ABOUT RESULTS.

If you have additional questions, LMCC staff is happy to assist. Please email workspaceapp@lmcc.net.

Proceed to the Online Application Form. A PDF version of the Online Application is available for your reference.

Program offerings and application information is subject to change.

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