RESIDENCY APPLICATION

We’re looking for individuals who are highly independent, engaged and curious. We do not limit our residency to any specific medium but, rather, are looking for people who can creatively interact with the space we have to offer and the community of historic Vicksburg.

We provide housing and studio space for one resident at a time, three times a year. We’re offering a stipend of $2,000 for 4 – 7 weeks, a $500 travel grant and use of a car for licensed drivers. We ask that our artists propose a way to give back to the community (like a workshop, final show or open studio days) and that they donate a piece of work to our collection.

DATES

Spring Session (March 15 – May 31)

Accepting applications – September 1

Applications Due – December 1

Summer Session (June 1 – September 14)

Accepting applications – December 15

Applications Due – March 1

Fall Session (September 15 – December 15)

Accepting applications – March 15

Applications Due – June 1

SPECIFICATIONS FOR SENDING WORK:

All examples of work should be submitted via PDF format.

VISUAL ARTISTS:

No more than 10 images, include dimensions & media of work.

VIDEO/FILMMAKERS:

No more than 5 links to videos on Vimeo or YouTube. Include description of project, screenshots welcome.

MUSICIANS:

Link to Soundcloud/YouTube channel. No more than 5 past performances and/or pieces.

FAQs

ARE WRITERS ALLOWED TO APPLY?

The goal of our residency is to bring artists who will engage directly with the Mill in the creation of their work. Because of this, it is difficult for us to serve writers who just need time and support in order to complete projects that are already in process.

However, we have accepted writers who are open to creating new works that are directly related by the Mill and the surrounding area of Vicksburg.

IS THERE WI-FI IN THE RESIDENCE & THE MILL?

Yes, we have Wifi available in the artist’s residence as well as in most areas of the Mill.

CAN CHILDREN JOIN DURING THE RESIDENCY?

Because our artists spend significant amounts of their days in an active construction sitewe are unable to host children at this time.

HOW LONG DO MOST RESIDENCIES LAST?

Residencies can range anywhere between 4 – 7 weeks. Once accepted to the program, residents will coordinate with the Residency Director to find a suitable span of time. We encourage our residents to come for at least 5 – 6 weeks in order to fully acclimate and integrate into the community. 

DO YOU ACCEPT COLLABORATIVE APPLICATIONS?

Collaborators may apply on a single application. Please include representative samples, references and CV’s for each applicant.

You should also know that the $2,500 stipend would need to shared amongst your group – we don’t stipend per person.

AM I ABLE TO INSTALL MY WORK IN THE MILL?

The Mill is currently an active construction site, so while we are able to give our artists access to the interior of the Mill to use as a source of inspiration, we are limited in accommodating installations in the space.

WHAT IS THE LIVING SPACE / STUDIO SPACE LIKE?

Our resident bungalow is a private one-bedroom cottage a block away from the Mill.  It has a small studio space inside, as well as an attached garage. There is also a multi-use gallery space in downtown Vicksburg that can be made available depending on the artist’s needs. 

WHAT IS THE WEATHER LIKE IN MICHIGAN?

Southwest Michigan features a continental climate with warm, humid summers and cold, snowy winters. Thunderstorms are to be expected in the summer! Late season ice and snow storms are a possibility. 

WILL MY RESIDENCY OVERLAP WITH OTHER ARTISTS?

Not often. We have one resident bungalow and on rare occasions have provided additional living accommodations for a second artist because of their specific scheduling circumstances.  However, we designed the residency for one artist at a time and are looking for artists who are self-sufficient and independently driven workers. 

CAN I BRING A FAMILY MEMBER OR A FRIEND?

We are happy to have family and friends visit for short periods of time, but we do encourage our residents to make use of the solitude that the residency offers!

WHAT ABOUT A PET?

We are happy to discuss the possibility of accommodating your pet.  Please introduce them to us in your application.

CAN INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS APPLY?

We encourage international artists to apply, but international artists are responsible for obtaining their own visas to come to the United States. Most artists can come on a visitor visa, but certain countries do participate in the visa waiver program. Because the process can take some time, make sure to check the visa appointment wait times.

If accepted, we are able to provide letters of invitation.

**Because of the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 crisis, we have made the difficult decision to suspend acceptance of any international applicants. We hope we are able to safely host international artists in the near future.

WHAT IS THE USUAL ARRIVAL AND TRANSPORTATION PROCESS?

If you are flying in, we recommend that you purchase your flights to the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (KZO). We will coordinate transportation from the airport, about a 15 min drive away from Vicksburg. 

IS PRAIRIE RONDE STILL OPERATING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC?

Yes, Prairie Ronde is operational during COVID-19.  We are adhering to CDC guidelines and State and Federal orders.  Prairie Ronde will closely follow the situation before and during the residents stay and will be in communication with the resident about best practices regarding travel and working during the residency.