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Wanted! Applicants for Curious George Artist Residency

January 28, 2019

The Rey Center at the Curious George Cottage has put the word out that they are now accepting applications for the Margret & H.A. Rey Center Artist Residency in Waterville Valley.

The residency is open to professional and emerging artists. One artist will be selected for the 2019 residency, which runs for two weeks in mid to late July or August; or, in October. The Margret and H.A. Rey Center and the Curious George Fund will award a $5,000 stipend to the selected artist and provide housing and dedicated work space for the artist during the residency.

The resident artist will be expected to hold open studio hours and work in an educational and community setting. The residency strives to encourage students and community members to understand the role of the artist in contemporary society, to engage in the creative process, and to think critically about the arts. The residency allows the artist to help students, teachers and community members to experience the arts through a variety of activities – programs, workshops, interactive walks/hikes, exhibits, and open studio times, and allows time for the artist to create work.

The Artist Residency program honors the creative and artistic legacy of Margret and Hans Rey, creators of the much-loved Curious George. The Rey’s lived in Waterville Valley. It was their inspiration and their retreat. Their former home is now home to the Rey Center at the Curious George Cottage, located on Noon Peak Road in Waterville Valley. 

The Curious George Rey Fund and the Margret and H.A. Rey Center jointly support the Curious George Cottage artist in residence program.

During the Residency

1. The artist will provide at least one experience for the public, which can take the form of a lecture/demonstration, workshop, master class, exploratory walk/hike, or installation based on the medium and interest of the artist.

2. The artist will work with local K-12 or university students at least once during the residency to guide the students through the creative process that leads to a completed piece of work.

3. The artist will display creative works for the public at the Curious George Cottage.

4. The artist will donate one piece of work, and reproduction rights to the Margret and H.A. Rey Center.

If interested, an exhibition of the artist’s work can be displayed and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will go to the Margret and H.A. Rey Center to directly support the artist in residence program.

Applicants must be 21 or older.

Application deadline – April 1, 2019. Decision by May 15, 2019.

Selection Process

A panel composed of community members, professionals from various related disciplines, and a Margret and H.A. Rey Center representative will choose the artist for the upcoming season. Selections are made solely on the basis of submitted materials.

curious george cottage artist in residence waterville valley

2015 Artist in Residence Amanda Maffei performs at the Curious George Cottage

Frequently Asked Questions

How many artists are selected each year? 
The Curious George Cottage artist residency is open to one artist each year.

Do I need a car? 
Yes. There is no public transportation to Waterville Valley, and the artist will have to drive to different locations for school and public programs. Artists are responsible for providing their own transportation.

What are the housing arrangements? 
Housing is provided by a member of the community. More details will be available as selection approaches. Arrangements for guests or pets can be made as residency nears.  

What should I bring?  
Suggested: personal gear and toiletries, warm clothes, rain gear, backpack, sturdy walking shoes or boots, groceries; materials and supplies pertinent to the artist’s medium.

​To Apply

1. Submit all materials using a google link. Share with info@thereycenter.org using: “your name, artist residency application” as the subject. In this email include: name, email, phone, mailing address, website, art form, two-sentence description of your work, and materials required for your public programs.  

2. Include a 1- to 2-page resume and summary of creative works.

3. Include a 1-page artist statement explaining what you hope to accomplish and achieve during the residency and how you will contribute to the established goals for the program.

4. Include a description of proposed public program and target audience (e.g., lecture/demonstration, workshop, master class, exploratory walk/hike, installation) including a brief summary of your experience teaching or interacting with the public.

5. Include a description of proposed school program and grade level of students including a brief summary of your experience working in schools.

6. Include names and contact information for three references, with an explanation of their familiarity and connection with your work.

7. Include work samples: visual artists should send six different digital images of recent work in jpg or pdf format. File size should not exceed 3 mb.

Contact the Rey Center at Curious George Cottage with questions at 603-236-3308.

>> The Rey Center 

Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence Marty Kelley

The 2014 Curious George Cottage Artist in Residence, Marty Kelley

About Jan Stearns

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