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RESIDENCIES

Artists in Residence are integral to the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center programming as they create sculpture and interact with the arts community. They comprise an important facet of our creative learning environment, providing a look at diverse artistic processes. Residents come from around the world, as well as Vermont and other states in this country. Artist residencies vary in duration from one week to several months.

Call for Artists, Tom Fagan/Rutland Hallowe’en Parade Sculpture

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Tom Fagan played Batman in the Rutland, Vt. Hallowe’en Parade from 1960-1969.

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center seeks artists to design a marble sculpture honoring Tom Fagan (1931-2008) and the Rutland Hallowe’en Parade. The marble memorial will become part of the Rutland Sculpture Trail, a collection of public sculpture planned for completion and placement in this historic Vermont city.

This ongoing collaboration has produced eight sculptures to date and aims at installing three a year over the next several years. Leading the initiative are Green Mountain Power, MKF Properties, Vermont Quarries and the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center. Funding for each sculpture is provided through a combination of individual and corporate donations and grants.

From the beginning of the Annual Rutland Hallowe’en Parade in 1959, Tom Fagan was its greatest champion. Fagan was a journalist and book editor in Rutland and was involved in the parade from its start in 1959. He instilled a superhero theme the second year, which helped to build the parade from a small local attraction into a nationally recognized phenomenon.

Fagan had friends in the comic book industry, who traveled to Vermont to attend the parades, bringing rare superhero costumes to the downtown spectacle. The parade became part of storylines in nearly two dozen nationally distributed comic books and was cancelled for the first time in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The larger-than-life figurative sculpture will represent the spirit of the Hallowe’en parade from the 1960’s through the present. The selected designer will provide a scale clay maquette to be reproduced in plaster. The finished sculpture will be carved in marble at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.

To apply for this opportunity, please send your resumé/CV, proposal, and up to 10 digital images of your work to info@carvingstudio.org or The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777.  Application deadline is January 8, 2021.

Call for Artists, Ernie Royal Memorial Sculpture

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center seeks artists to design a full figure marble sculpture honoring Ernie Royal (1917-1994), Vermont’s first African American restaurant owner and the first black member of the National Restaurant Association Board of Directors. The marble memorial will become part of the Rutland Sculpture Trail, a collection of public sculpture planned for completion and placement in this historic Vermont city.

This ongoing collaboration has produced eight sculptures to date and aims at installing three a year over the next several years. Leading the initiative are Green Mountain Power, MKF Properties, Vermont Quarries and the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center. Funding for each sculpture is provided through a combination of individual and corporate donations and grants.

Boston native Ernie Royal (1917-1994) worked in a kitchen at 13, and, in 1955, started a small restaurant in Dorchester, Massachesetts.  Facing racism from Boston bankers, he moved to Vermont where he was soon recruited to Rutland by local business leaders.

With his wife and business partner, Willa, he opened Royal’s Hearthside in 1963, the same year Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech, and continued operating for over three decades.

The selected designer for the figurative work will provide a scale clay maquette to be reproduced in plaster. The finished sculpture will be carved in marble at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.

To apply for this opportunity, please send your resumé/CV, proposal, and up to 10 digital images of your work to info@carvingstudio.org or The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777. Application deadline is November 13, 2020.

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is a non-profit sculpture education center dedicated to the creation of three-dimensional art. Located on the grounds of Vermont’s historic marble quarries, the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center hosts workshops, residencies and exhibitions along with providing studio space for large and small-scale sculptural expression.

2020 SUMMER RESIDENT INTERNSHIPS

Students are invited to apply for a summer internship with the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, Vermont, during the 2020 workshop season. Studio interns become part of our dynamic arts education community and enhance their learning experience. Interns benefit from interactions with instructors and participants in up to 30 workshop sessions, as well as diverse Artists in Residence from around the world. Resident Interns are on duty for 32 hours per week and receive a stipend, lodging and meals.

QUALIFICATIONS: Serious students of sculpture, working towards bachelors’ degree in the fine arts, good interpersonal skills, hard working and willing to pitch in to assist with the range of tasks needed to run a non-profit sculpture education center including assistance with workshop participants, instructors, artists in residence, grounds and tool maintenance.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume or brief biography, up to 10 images of recent work and a letter stating how this experience may influence your development as an artist. Be sure to include the dates that you are available (June, July and/or August). Applications may be sent electronically to info@carvingstudio.org or to the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT  05777.  Deadline is March 13, 2020. For more information, please contact us at info@carvingstudio.org or (802) 438-2097.

 

Call for Artists, Martin Henry Freeman Memorial Sculpture

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center seeks artists to design a large-scale portrait bust of Martin Henry Freeman, first African American president of an American college. The marble memorial will become part of the Downtown Rutland Sculpture Trail, a collection of public sculpture planned for completion and placement in this historic Vermont city.

This ongoing collaboration has produced five sculptures to date and aims at installing at least five more over the next several years. Leading the initiative are Green Mountain Power, MKF Properties, Vermont Quarries and the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center. Funding for each sculpture is provided through a combination of individual and corporate donations and grants.

Rutland native Martin Henry Freeman was born in 1826. He attended Middlebury College, graduating in 1849. After serving as president of Allegheny Institute (which became Avery College) he emigrated to Africa where he was professor and president of Liberia College until his death in 1889.

The maquette is to be sculpted in clay, to be reproduced in plaster for enlargement and translation to marble. The finished sculpture will be carved at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center.

To apply for this opportunity, please send your resumé/CV, statement/proposal and digital image (jpegs) or slide portfolio (up to 10 images) to info@carvingstudio.org or The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777.  Application deadline is April 19, 2019.

CALL FOR 2019 TUSCAN RESIDENCY

The Mary Beth Gutkowski Scholarship  is available to serious students of sculpture to further their technical ability in stone carving with expert artists and artisans at a professional sculpture workshop in Carrara, Italy (June 19-28, 2019; details at https://www.tuscanystudy.com/enroll). The scholarship of $3,500 covers the tuition and housing for a 10-day residency.

To apply for a merit scholarship, please submit up to 10 images of your work, resume/biography, and a statement of how this will impact your development as an artist by March 2, 2019 to info@carvingstudio.org or The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777. Applicants are required to be CSSC members ($35).

Elizabeth Hardy, 2017 Mary Beth Gutkowski Scholarship recipient.

CALL FOR 2019 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Sculpture Artist Residencies at the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center offer sculptors opportunities for inspiration and to create new work in the former marble quarry and manufacturing area of Vermont. Residencies are from 1 to 3 months, featuring artists working in a diverse range of materials and techniques.

The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center offers Artists in Residence comprehensive facilities for creating works in stone, metal, wood, ceramics, glass and more. Residents become part of our vibrant artist community, sharing in the exchange of concepts, aesthetics and technical expertise. Stipends, housing and meals are available to selected Artists in Residence.

To apply for one of The Carving Studio & Sculpture Center’s sculpture artist residencies, please send your resumé/CV, statement/proposal and digital image (jpegs) or slide portfolio (up to 10 images) to info@carvingstudio.org or The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, P.O. Box 495, West Rutland, VT 05777.  Application deadline is January 25, 2019.

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is a non-profit sculpture education center dedicated to the creation of three-dimensional art. Located on the grounds of Vermont’s historic marble quarries, the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center hosts workshops, residencies and exhibitions along with providing studio space for large and small-scale sculptural expression.

2018 JURIED ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

Sculptor and video artist Virginia Lee Montgomery was Artist in Residence at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center for the month of July, 2018. Ms. Montgomery, who currently divides her time between New York City and Houston, Texas, received her MFA from Yale University. She works freely between sculpture and video to materialize philosophical ideas about memory, materiality and time. http://www.virginialeemontgomery.com

 

The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center hosted Connecticut sculptor John O’Reilly as Artist in Residence for the month of August, 2018. John O’Reilly received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art. His sculptures depict animals constructed from the artist’s own imagination, memory, and found images. These works often portray the animals in an ambiguous state between sleep and death. https://johnoreilly.org/

 

2016 JURIED ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

robison_offeringThe Carving Studio and Sculpture Center hosts sculptor Stephanie Robison as Artist in Residence during August 2016. Robison is currently working and teaching in the San Francisco Bay area. She has a BFA degree from Marylhurst University and an MFA from the University of Oregon. Her approach to creating sculpture is “based on a continuous searching of the materials’ intrinsic qualities and its possibilities for expression,” often contradicting their original forms and structure. http://www.stephanierobison.com/

Stephanie Robison will be creating new work during her residency and will present her methods and aesthetic in an Artist’s Talk the evening of Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7 PM. Free and open to the public, for more information: (802) 438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org.VermontArts2016ColorWeb

 

 

 

10-expletive deletedRobert Haskell – The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center is hosting sculptor Robert Haskell as Artist in Residence during June 2016. Haskell has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently teaches in Bar Harbor, Maine. His multi-media works explore physical phenomena through sculpture.  Robert is creating new work during his residency.  For more information: (802) 438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org.

 

 

 

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Ivan Alberto Rojas Tovar – In July, CSSC will host Peruvian sculptor Ivan Alberto Rojas Tovar as Artist in Residence during July 2016. Rojas studied at Toulouse Lautrec Academy of Graphic Design and Ricardo Palma University. He works with clearly defined purpose to release expressive shapes from their encasement in stone and wood.

Ivan Rojas will be creating new work during his residency and will present his methods and aesthetic in an Artist’s Talk the evening of Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 7 PM. Free and open to the public, for more information: (802) 438-2097 or info@carvingstudio.org.

 

 

 

 

The CSSC Artist Advisory Committee selects from applicants and determines awards of fully funded (includes studio space and support, stipend, housing and meals) and partially funded (includes studio space and support) artist residencies. To apply for a residency at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, please submit up to ten images of your artwork, a resumé/CV, an artist’s statement, a range of desired dates to: info@carvingstudio.org or the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center; P.O. Box 495; West Rutland, VT 05777 (and SASE for return of materials, if desired) .

 INDEPENDENT ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE

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Opportunities for independent work are available and fees include indoor and/or outdoor space, compressed air, water and electricity. Membership discount(s) apply. Further information is available upon request: info@carvingstudio.org

 

 

RESIDENT INTERNSHIPS

Serious students of sculpture will gain invaluable knowledge through their participation in our Intern Program as studio assistants. In return for maintenance of the campus and assistance to instructors, interns are compensated with a small stipend, in addition to room and board. Resident Interns take part in workshops, work independently, have access to our art studios for learning and creating, as well as sculpture tools, materials and supplies, and constitute a vital presence at the CSSC. Intern selection takes place in the early spring for the following season.

To apply for one of our sculpture artist residency art internships at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, please mail or e-mail up to ten images of your artwork, a resumé/biography, a statement describing how you expect your artistic development to benefit from the internship to: info@carvingstudio.org or The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center; P.O. Box 495; West Rutland, VT 05777 (and a SASE for return of materials, if desired) .

Resident Interns who are enrolled in a Fine Arts degree program may be able to earn college course credits for their participation. The prospective Resident Intern should contact his or her college for more information on whether this is possible.