St. Roch Community Church believes that thriving communities participate in and benefit from creativity, expression and self-reflection. The arts are a major conduit for these types of values, and art-making is a practice deserving plenty of time for exploration, revision, and access to audiences. We believe that the best art is made by well-supported artists. As a church body and as members of this neighborhood and art community, we see evidence of God's creativity and generosity scattered amply throughout our lives. We delight in extending generous time and welcome to dedicated emerging artists. By offering nine months of space and support for a resident to invest in their practice, we find artists can deepen the quality and impact of their work in significant ways. Since we were founded in 2008 due in large part to the vision of our director, Aaron Collier*, we have hosted 10 resident artists from a variety of backgrounds; each person has been a unique and valued member of the community during their time here. St. Roch is a body of committed, humble Christians; our artists have come from both practicing as well as church-adjacent or skeptical backgrounds. We are truly interested in knowing why and how interaction with a church is compelling to the resident, and welcome a variety of perspectives.
Rather than offer a model of withdrawal and short-term or project-oriented productivity, we envision a space in which the artist has copious amounts of time to research and develop a significant body of work as they pursue a professional calling in the arts. In the heart of New Orleans and in the midst of the complexity of a gentrifying neighborhood, we provide a combined live/work studio space located on the same property as the church building, office building, and youth resources building (it's like a little corner of a city block, a hive of varied activities unfolding daily). Other than the space, we offer a modest monthly stipend to cover the costs of supplies and daily necessities, a welcoming community and connections across the city and the art scene, and an end-of-residency exhibition. The residency is designed to immerse the artist within our thriving, hospitable congregation and neighborhood.
For images of the residency, and links to prior residents’ websites, please follow this link.
Artists interested in the fall 2020-spring 2021 residency may apply beginning on November 15, 2019. To be considered, apply by February 15, 2020. Please send the following documents (preferably in a combined or compressed file) to Anne Nelson, Residency Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via Google Drive or DropBox.
Files should be labeled LastName_FirstName_Document; e.g. Jenkins_Jamie_CV; or Jenkins_Jamie_Artist Statement, etc.
__ 15-20 images (JPEGS at 2MB or smaller requested; links to multimedia works encouraged, manageable file sizes or compressed files accepted as well.)
__ Current CV
__ A one-page artist statement that summarizes recent work
__ A proposal or statement of intent that contains answers to a handful of specific questions:
What excites you about a nine month long artist residency? What would you hope to work on or accomplish during your time here?
How do you see this residency impacting your long term goals as an artist?
What interests you about a residency that is hosted by a church? What kinds observations or questions do you have?
__ Two recommendations
__ $25 application fee (under “Give to,” select “Artist-in-Residency”). 100% of proceeds support the residency!
We will review applications once the deadline closes. We will conduct interviews with finalists. Conversation with the accepted artist will determine the precise arrival and start date (late August/early September 2020).