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Head to Marfa, Texas for Solitude in Your Artwork

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Summary: Minimalist art is the focus of the museum in Marfa, Texas where artists can spend one month creating and building artwork to display in an exhibit at the end.

Another opportunity for the artists out there that want to stay closer to home in the United States is with the Chinati Foundation residency in Marfa, Texas. This tiny Texan town is famous for their commitment to minimalist art.

If you are selected to participate, you receive a furnished apartment on the property of the Chinati Foundation contemporary art museum. You gain unlimited access to the museum’s collection and archive, and assistance from the museum staff and interns. There is also a $1,000 stipend plus ample amount of time to be alone.

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The program was started in 1989 with the goal of helping develop artists of different ages, disciplines, and backgrounds. The program gives artists from around the world an opportunity to work in a natural environment with the chance to present an exhibit of your work at the end.

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The latest artist to achieve this residency is Ben Thorp Brown. He received his B.A. from Williams College and an M.F.A. from the School of Art Institute of Chicago. He has also attended the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. There have been 125 artists from 15 countries selected for the residency so far.

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To apply for the 2017 residency you must provide a cover letter, resume, and images on your work on a CD, DVD or slides plus a $40 application fee. The 2016 residents have already been selected.


Head to Marfa, Texas for Solitude in Your Artwork by
Authored by: Amanda Griffin