CALL FOR APPLICATION
TRANSIT and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum are inviting Chicago area (from Cook or Lake counties) artists, printers, and book artists to apply for a two-week residency at the museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin to take place in Spring 2014.
ABOUT THE RESIDENCY
This residency was established to provide opportunities for artists to research and develop their own practice, to further the professional development of artists by enabling the creation and production of new work, and to foster an exchange of ideas and influences.
Hamilton’s rural setting provides a tranquil space to live and work for two weeks (option of third week with advance planning). The museum offers a professional workshop specializing in letterpress printing for an artist demonstrating practical knowledge of printmaking or bookmaking. The 45,000 sq. foot museum hosts a 5,000 sq. foot working letterpress studio and three studios specifically for working artists. There are dozens of vintage presses and over 350 cases of type available. The museum and pressroom are located in what was previously a manufacturing facility on the shores of Lake Michigan, which provides a unique working environment. Artists are allowed access to the facilities from 9:30 am to 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday (and 1-5pm on Sundays, between May 1 and November 1). Housing, travel and materials are at the artist’s expense except where TRANSIT has taken care of costs per written agreement with Artist in Residence prior to the beginning of their residency (and with the compliance of Hamilton staff).
Upon completion of the residency, artist shall donate 10% of their work for the museum to use how they see fit. The artist may be required to engage with the community during their residency; this will be discussed further with the artist prior to their arrival at Hamilton.
A table top paper cutter
One Vandercook SP 15
One Vandercook 320
One 14.5” x 22.5” sign press
One 25” x 34” sign press
One 28” x 45” sign press
Many cases of wood and metal hand type
One light table
Printer’s furniture, quoins, quoin keys
To apply, please submit your CV and provide the following information:
– A brief statement of what you hope to achieve during your residency and why the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is your preferred location.
– A brief artistic statement.
– A minimum of ten samples of your most recent work, in CD-ROM or DVD format, which demonstrate technical ability and creative aptitude. Link to web site is sufficient, but we need a list of the ten samples we are to consider from the site. All supporting documentation must be correctly labeled: include the title, date, medium and size of each work. Hardcopy samples will not be returned.
– A $20 application fee (non-refundable). Checks should be made our to Transit Residency NFP and mailed to us; we apologize but are not currently accepting PayPal or credit card payments.
Applications must be received by TRANSIT on/by December 1st, 2013.
Please submit inquiries and applications to TRANSIT: 2020 N. California Avenue, suite 155 Chicago IL 60647 USA or meredith [at] transitresidency [dot] org. Please note “Attention: Hamilton outbound program” on envelope or in subject line of email.
Applications must be received by TRANSIT by December 1st, 2013.
Selected artist(s) will be notified early February 2014.
The Residency shall take place between March 1st and June 1st, 2014. (Specific dates to be determined by Hamilton staff and Artist-in-Residence shortly after notification.)
Organization 1999, Residency 2009
The museum is located in what was previously a manufacturing facility on the shores of Lake Michigan in Two Rivers, Wisconsin (approximately a 3-hour drive from Chicago).
Books and paper, printmaking, letterpress printers from the Chicago (Cook and Lake counties) area. Artists of all career levels welcome. Repeat residencies permitted.
The 45,000 sq. foot museum hosts a 5,000 sq. foot working letterpress studio and three studios specifically for working artists. There are dozens of vintage presses and over 350 cases of type. Wireless internet access available in museum (artists must have own computer).
Housing/Services: Artist provides their own transportation to and from Two Rivers. Artist is responsible for any housing expenses beyond TRANSIT’s stipend; the museum will assist with housing arrangements.
Meals: Artists responsible for their own meals.
Accessibility: The museum and pressroom are both wheelchair accessible, however housing may not be; please call before applying to discuss specific needs.
HWT RESIDENCY STATISTICS
Application deadline: December 1st, 2013 for Spring residencies.
Resident season: All year, except mid-October to mid-November.
Average length of residencies: 2-3 weeks
Average number of artist present at one time: 1-4
Number of artists in 2012: 10
Past Artists-in-Residents include: Paul Brown, Ellen Browning, Dan Elliott, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Tracy Honn, Stephanie Newman
Selection Process: Selected by a jurying committee with museum director’s approval. Jury to be made up of an outside panel of professionals in visual art and printing.
Artist Pays for
Application fee of $20, any housing costs beyond TRANSIT’s stipend, food, travel, and materials.
Institution Pays for
Studio, facilities, program administration.
Artist Eligible for
No additional stipends or fellowships at this time, beyond that which TRANSIT offers towards the Artist-in-Resident’s housing costs.
Artist-in-Residence defers pressroom fees by teaching workshop(s) and/or volunteering at the museum (one day of volunteering per every four days of studio time). Upon completion of the residency, artists donate 10% of their work for the museum to use as they see fit.
Artists may make a public presentation if they are qualified and willing, and if appropriate opportunity exists. TRANSIT and Hamilton reserve the right to exhibit the work the artist has created during their residency, in promotion of the residency program.
J. Edward Hamilton founded the original Hamilton factory, called J.E. Hamilton Holly Wood Type Company, in 1880, and within 20 years became the largest manufacturer of wood type in the United States. The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum was started in 1999 by the Two Rivers Historical Society and functions as the country’s largest working museum.
The Hamilton Wood Type Museum advances the understanding of our printing and design heritage by documenting, archiving and reproducing the history and images of American letterpress printing. Its premier collection of printing type, engravings, library, prints and equipment support scholarship and education at all levels by preserving through use, research and demonstration. To provide time and place where artists can concentrate and work using historically significant wood type, blocks and printing methods.