The Bray will be awarding ten $5,000 fellowships along with ten short-term summer scholarships in 2013!
Resident Applications due March 1, 2013.
able to provide this generous financial support to each and every
resident artist helps the Bray fulfill its mission and reinforces its
commitment to furthering ceramic art.”–Steven Young Lee, Resident Artist
What defines a Bray residency and the reasons for doing one turn out to be as varied and unique as the individuals involved. Some artists come to develop a portfolio for graduate school, some use their residency as a transition from school to establishing their own studio and others see it as a chance to escape from daily routine and recharge their creative enthusiasm. For all artists, it is a period of time to focus intensely on their work, explore new ideas and techniques, and push their artwork to new levels.
the most important reason for coming to the Bray is the opportunity to
work within a community of artists actively creating art. Artists from
around the world come to work at the Bray, bringing with them a vast
range of experiences and diverse esthetics approaches.
New residents are chosen once a year in March by the Bray's
director and two additional rotating jurors. The selections are based on
the quality of the work, its artistic merit, and the diversity and
experience of the prospective group. The Bray studio program is
minimally structured, with no formal critiques or syllabi unless
initiated by the artists. Resident artists are expected to be
self-motivated and help out with various tasks around the Bray.
There are three general residency options at the Archie Bray Foundation–long-term
fellowship (1-2 years), short-term summer resident between July and
October (3-4 months) or short-term resident between October and June
(1-3 months). On a regular basis there are a total of 10 long-term
residents and 10 short-term summer residents.
Studio space is provided free to all residents.
Resident Artist expenses include the cost of materials and firing but
are subsidized by the Bray and offered at reduced prices. Residents are
responsible for their own housing and living expenses while in Helena,
but are given use of the community kitchen space in the Resident Center.
fellowship awards $5,000 to support a long-term resident artist who
demonstrates exceptional merit and promise. The Fellows are expected to
embrace the Bray experience of community and creative exchange, and have
the opportunity to focus their attention to produce and exhibit a significant body of work during their residency.
at the Bray, there are six private individuals who have each committed
to providing fellowships for long-term residents. With the help of a
grant received in 2012 from the Windgate Charitable Foundation, four
more fellowships will be awarded, allowing all ten long-term residents
to receive fellowship support.
To apply for a fellowship check the appropriate box on your
Residency Application form and include a letter of intent stating you
artistic goals and interest in the Bray Fellowship program.
The Bill and Stirling Sage Scholarship fund
was established by Evelyn Sage in honor of her late husband Bill and
their son Stirling. The Bill and Stirling Sage Scholarship awards an
annual $800 scholarship to a promising young artist between the ages of
18 and 35.
The Eric Myhre Scholarship was established
in 2002 by Tootie Myhre in honor of her late husband. The award provides
a $750 scholarship to a summer resident artist of any age who
demonstrates exceptional merit and promise.
In 2012, the Windgate Summer Scholarships were established. Eight short-term summer residents will be awarded $700 to help cover expenses during their time at the Bray.
To apply for the scholarships include a letter of intent in
your application stating you artistic goals and interest in the Bray
Your completed application must be received on or before
March 1, 2013.
Bray is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the
enrichment of the ceramic arts, located at 2915 Country Club Ave. in
Helena, just 1/3 mile west of Spring Meadow Lake.
This project is
supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, and in part by the
Montana Cultural Trust, the Montana Arts Council, the Bray Business
Alliance and the friends and members of the Bray.