Windgate ITE International Residency
Research – Exploration – Collaboration
The Windgate ITE International Residency is a collegial experience in which the resident fellows explore new work through research, exploration and collaboration.
The Center for Art in Wood awards for seven prestigious fellowships for the annual Windgate ITE International Residency Program. The program selects from an international pool of applicants, one photojournalist, one scholar/educator, and five artists who work either solely in wood or who work with wood in combination with other materials.
The Windgate ITE International Residency Selection Committee decided, in 2015, to address a need by adding an eighth fellowship to be awarded to a student. The intent is to encourage the inclusion of a person who is at the beginning of their career as opposed to those who are more established in theirs. Applicants must exhibit proficiency in techniques in woodworking as well as exhibiting creativity in design in their work. Their participation in this residency will be as a peer with the other residents and will be included in the exhibition at the conclusion of the residency.
Applications for the Windgate ITE Fellow Student Artist are open to anyone who is currently a BFA, MFA, undergraduate, graduate, or one year out from an undergraduate or graduate program, or equivalent formal education. A reference letter from a teacher is required.
Resident artists have been selected through 2017 and 2018. The Center welcomes applications from photojournalists and scholars for 2018 and 2019 and from artists for the two remaining openings in 2019. Applications are welcome, and the PDF of the application is available here.
For more information on the Windgate ITE International Residency Program or the application process, please email Karen Schoenewaldt, Registrar, at [email protected].
About the Residency
Established in 1995, the Windgate ITE program has received generous endowment funds from the Windgate Charitable Foundation. Renamed the Windgate ITE International Residency, it is comprised of an 8-week, interactive program during which the seven resident fellows live and work together at the University of the Arts (UArts), in Philadelphia, PA, US. The residency runs from June through the first week of August each year. For the current year’s Fellows, click here.
The program is designed as a collegial experience and encourages an open exchange of creative and technical innovations. Residents are able to pursue both individual and collaborative work that is explorative and experimental. The photojournalist will document the residents’ experience using the medium of their choice. As with the other residents, exploration and experimentation are encouraged and the photojournalist is free to pursue artistic as well as documentary projects. The scholar/educator joins the group for one week mid-residency to explore personal research, engage in open discussions; and conduct interviews with the residents about their backgrounds and experimentation during the residency. The intention for this exchange is to stimulate scholarly dialog amongst the residents as well as provide the basis for a written reflection.
Residents receive a $400 weekly stipend; reimbursed roundtrip transportation to Philadelphia; housing at UArts, group use of a mini-van to obtain wood and supplies and travel in the region. A modest allowance for special materials is also awarded. Residents are often successful at obtaining donations or sponsorships to support their expenses and it is encouraged (not a criteria for selection to the program). Residents also participate in several Center-sponsored educational events. The events vary from Open Studio Day – when the public visits the UArts shop mid-residency for demonstrations and to see the developing ideas and work; an annual hands-on weekend with local and international artists at Echo Lake (Bucks County, PA) and regional trips to visit artists, collectors and museums. The culmination of the Windgate ITE program is the allTURNatives: Form + Spirit exhibition. This multidisciplinary exhibition presents each ITE Fellow’s experience and growth by including objects produced before and during the program. Three dimensional work is accompanied by photos and essays documenting the residency experience. Through gallery talks the residents share with the public their professional and personal experiences during the Windgate ITE. All residents may be asked to donate a finished piece to the Center’s permanent museum collection, as selected by the Center’s Collection Advisory Committee.
Artists working either solely in wood or wood in combination with other materials utilizing multiple techniques are encouraged to apply. Applicants must demonstrate artistic innovation, technical know-how, and professional experience. Proposals for the residency should articulate how the Windgate ITE experience will facilitate new avenues of research, exploration, experimentation and techniques, as well as projected aesthetic approaches and concepts to be explored. These may focus on individual work or work in collaboration with others.
Student Artist position is open to anyone who is currently a BFA, MFA, undergraduate, graduate, or one year out from an undergraduate or graduate program, or equivalent formal education. A reference letter from a teacher is required.
Sculptors and/or Furniture makers should outline their creative and technical expertise in wood, and how this relates to the explorations they propose for the residency. Applicants should set their work in the context of their respective field, and state the benefits of working with other artists.
The Photojournalist will outline their personal artistic history and work, and state how they propose to document all the participants throughout the residency – including all activities both in and out of the shop. Candidates can propose a range of documentation including but not limited to 35mm/large format/digital photography, blogs, video, and other innovative formats. Unique proposals and use of “forward” technology will be of particular interest to the Center’s Windgate ITE selection committee.
The Scholar/Educator visits and lives on-site for 1 week during the middle of the residency while work is well underway in the shop. Applicants for this position should declare their academic interests, explain how direct access to the other residents will enhance their professional activities at their respective museum, university or other educational institution or publication, and demonstrate a profound desire to attend the residency. The applicant agrees to provide a written summary or works to reflect their Windgate ITE experience as part of the final exhibition. The statement will also be included in Center publications and/or online venues, and should be available for other publications by the Scholar/Educator.