Who should apply? The Mona Lisa Roberts Visual Artist Fellowship is open to an artist who self-identifies as LGBTQ+ and lives in the Pacific Northwest (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington) or the provinces of western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon). This fellowship funds a two-week residency any month and transit assistance if needed from Seattle, Portland, or points between. If you are a visual artist who can bring your own supplies to Mineral and work in improvised studio space, this is the place for you to apply. We have a lot of space, though we don't have a specific "visual art studio" -- you can work on a covered patio, inside our gym (which has good light, a lockable door, and walls to pin/tape/tack work up), plein air about town, or, if your medium (graphic novelist? pen-and-ink artist? fabric guru? editing your digital photos?) isn't too stinky to live with, you can work in the room where you sleep (which has chalkboards and pushpin surfaces etc.). Because of fire risks, we currently cannot have portable kilns, blowtorches, or other highly flammable art-making onsite.
Selection: Your work will be evaluated by a panel of visual artists. Your work is presented anonymously and they will make choices based on the merit of your artist statement and work sample. Please do NOT include your name on your artist statement or work sample. Your application will be assigned a number once it is completed.
What you will need to prepare before beginning the application process:
Short bio: In one paragraph, how would you describe your education, shows, gallery presence or other public experience, and any paid or service work that helps further your artistic vision?
Artist Statement: In a one-page (maximum) statement, please discuss how a residency would help you advance your creative work. Also share a short statement about your process and/or what life experiences and influences have shaped your art and its themes and how you have grown or are growing as an artist. Be yourself. The jurors want to get a sense of you as an artist and your creative process. For the artist statement you do not include information regarding awards, shows, or identifying or biographical information. This assures that admissions are blind.
Work Sample: Create a work sample of up to five images of your art in JPEG, GIF, or TIFF form. Do not include biographical or identifying information in your work sample. Make sure your name is not on any of the work sample files. (If your name is Vincent Van Gogh, don't upload vvangogh.jpeg -- change that file name to something without your name embedded in it.)
Preferred Residency Dates: Our application lets you choose your preferred residency period. If you can only attend during your preferred residency period, do not designate 2nd or 3rd choice residency periods. If you have a preferred residency period but are willing to attend other sessions in the event your first choice isn't possible, mark 2nd and 3rd choices. If all choices are equally fine for you, tick off that box.
Please don't hit the "submit" button on your application until all elements are attached!