How to answer the calls for artists and architects from Socrates Sculpture Park


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    Socrates Sculpture Park has issued its annual call for artits and architects – the Emerging Artist Foundation (EAF13) residency and exhibition for artists and Folly, a design/build studio residency and exhibition for architects. For both artists and architects, the application deadline is Monday, January 7. Folly occurs first, the residency lasting from March-May 2013 with the exhibition May-August 2013. EAF is after that, with the residency lasting from May-September 2013 and the exhibition September 2013-March 2014.

    Here are more details, first about EAF:


    Emerging Artist Fellowship recipients are granted financial support in the amount of $5,000, a residency in the outdoor studio (beginning in May 2013), and access to facilities, materials, equipment, and technical assistance to create a work for the annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition.  A printed brochure and an electronic publication will accompany the exhibition and program.

    Fellowship artists are selected through an open application process. Proposals are reviewed by Socrates staff and curatorial advisors composed of prominent curators, artists, gallerists, and arts administrators.  Following the first round of selections, Socrates staff members will contact applicants individually to discuss proposed projects before final selection and confirmation of fellowship.


    Fellowships are awarded to artists who would benefit from the opportunity and are New York State residents. Artists who are enrolled in a school, college, or university are not eligible for the Emerging Artist Fellowship program. Artists who have applied before (but never shown at Socrates) are eligible to apply again.

    And about Folly:


    Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League invite emerging architects and designers to apply for the opportunity to build and exhibit a full-scale project around the theme of an architectural folly. This residency was established to explore the intersections between architecture and sculpture and the increasing overlaps in references, concepts, and techniques between the two disciplines.

    Socrates and the League welcome proposals for large-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly. Especially popular among the Romantics of the 18th and 19th centuries, architectural follies are small-scale structures, which often have no discernible purpose, that are placed within a garden or landscape as a means to draw the eye to specific points or to frame a view.

    A jury of architects, artists, and arts administrators will select a single project to be realized within the grounds of Socrates Sculpture Park. The recipient will receive a $5,000 production grant to fund the project, as well as full access to the resources and fabrication facilities of Socrates Sculpture Park’s outdoor studio during a two-month residency at the Park, beginning in March 2013.  Administrative support for additional fundraising and securing in-kind contributions, if necessary, will also be available. The completed project will open to the public in late May 2013 with an accompanying electronic publication.


    Michael Arad, Architect
    Orly Genger, Visual Artist
    John Hatfield, Executive Director, Socrates Sculpture Park
    Granger Moorhead, Architect, Principal, Moorhead & Moorhead
    Billie Tsien, Architect, Principal, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects


    Architects and related designers are invited to apply. Applicants do not need to be registered architects. Architects and designers outside of New York City are eligible to apply but housing and transportation are not provided as part of the award. Full-time or enrolled students are not eligible to apply.

    EAF application can be found here, and the Folly application here.

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