CALL FOR APPLICATION
TRANSIT and the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum are pleased to invite Midwestern artists, printers, and book artists (specifically those residing/based in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin) to apply for a two-week residency at the museum in Two Rivers, Wisconsin to take place between June 1st and August 31st, 2017 (specific dates to be worked out between HWT staff and AiR).
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. While this marks the fourth year of our partnership, this is the third residency that TRANSIT has offered in partnership with HWT, and the first to invite artists from the broader Midwest to apply.
Hamilton’s rural setting provides a tranquil space to live and work for two weeks. 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. 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. 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, and shall provide at least one edition to TRANSIT for their archives. 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 type
One light table
Printer’s furniture, quoins, quoin keys
To apply, please submit your CV and include the following information:
- the attached TRANSIT_2017ApplicantContactInfo.PDF, filled out by you [please download to fill in].
- Provide a brief statement of what you hope to achieve during your residency and why the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is your preferred location.
- Provide a brief artistic statement.
- Work samples with corresponding list
10-20 images in digital format – Mac-compatible; images may be low-resolution (72dpi) or high-res (300 dpi), size not to exceed 5 x 7 inches/6 x 6 inches); website links are acceptable. MUST INCLUDE A NUMBERED LIST with corresponding information (title, date of work, medium, dimensions, etc). Please note: any hardcopy samples sent to us will not be returned and may not be reviewed by our jurors.
- $25 application fee (non-refundable, US currency)
If you have a PayPal account, you may choose to send us the funds via our Paypal account. If so, send funds to firstname.lastname@example.org with a note/comment stating “application fee” so it is not processed as Donation, or just click this button to submit your $25:
Alternatively, you may pay by US-check, which should be made to Transit Residency NFP and mailed to us. (Please note that if we do not receive your application fee by March 3rd, your application will not be able to be considered towards the residency.)
If you are unable to pay your application fee either of these ways, please contact us to arrange an alternative.
Applications must be received by TRANSIT on/by 5pm CST Friday March 3rd 2017.
Download the TRANSIT application checklist-Hamilton2017 PDF to ensure you’ve not forgotten anything!
Please submit inquiries and applications to Transit Residency: 2020 N. California Avenue, suite 155 Chicago IL 60647 USA or apply [at] transitresidency [dot] org. Please note “Attention: Hamilton outbound program” on envelope or in subject line of emails.
Applications must be received by TRANSIT by Friday March 3rd 2017.
Selected artist(s) will be notified mid April 2017.
The Residency shall take place for two weeks between June 1st and August 31st, 2017. (Specific dates to be determined by Hamilton staff and Artist-in-Residence shortly after notification.)
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON HAMILTON RESIDENCY
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 Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio or Wisconsin) are eligible to apply. 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: late Feb/early March for Summer residencies.
Resident season: All year.
Average length of residencies: 2 weeks
Average number of artist present at one time: 1-4
Number of artists in 2016: 12
Past Artists-in-Residents include: Stephanie Newman, Denise Gonzales Crisp, Ellen Browning, Paul Brown, Dan Elliott, Tracy Honn, Heather R. Buechler, Doug Clouse, Dafi Kühne, Joey Hannaford, Meta Newhouse, Pamela Olson, Jim Sherraden, Audrey Riley, Scott Mann, Wendy Shapiro, Frank Baseman, Peter Bushell.
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 $25; 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 (i.e. one day of volunteering per every four days of studio time; specifics to be agreed upon with HWT staff). Upon completion of the residency, artists donate 10% of their work for the museum to use as they see fit, and one edition of their work for TRANSIT’s archives.
Artists may make a public presentation if they are qualified and willing, and if appropriate opportunity exists; this may be during or AFTER the residency takes place. 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.