Some of you have asked me to write a bit more about my residency at the Vermont Studio Center.
The Vermont Studio Center (VSC) is the largest international artist residency program in the USA. Each month, 50 visual artists and writers arrive in Johnson, Vt to engage in their own art making practice.
Every one works on their own. The campus studios are clustered amid buildings, stores, and homes in the quiet little town of Johnson, VT.
Applications are open year round and once every 4 months several competitive fellowship are offered.
The cost to attend is just under $4000/4 weeks. My portfolio and documentation was reviewed and I was awarded prestigeous Windgate Craft Artist Fellowship. It came with a nice stipend for materials and travel.
It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by such an esteemed organization. The Fellowship was an extraordinary gift and gave me the chance to work without the daily interruptions of family life.
Walking tour (photo 1). My bedroom (photos 2 and 3).
Every artist or writer is given a private studio space, a private bedroom, and 3 communal meals a day.
When you arrive you're given a brief tour of the campus and the keys to your rooms and with a smile from your tour guide, you are left to sort out your time on your own terms. No one checks in on you but everyone is supportive and you may engage or disengage with others as you please.
I was given a studio space in the Shultz Sculpture building.
Ah! a room of my own. This is what the studio looked like on the first evening. E
Empty and full of potential.
My daily ritual was to make a pot of tea, listen to music, and draw on a roll of black paper with silver marker. It was a way to loosen up my mind and get into my larger work. I stapled a drawing to the wall next to my sewing machine each day, as a calendar of sorts.
View outside the window in the studio.
this is a snap shot of Caroline Halliday and her studio across the hall from me. She and I became buddies and found that we shared common interests in many things we drove up to Montreal one Saturday morning for a fabulous brunch.
The VSC invites several professional working artists and writers to visit, give lectures, and provide private studio visits to the residents.
I had two deeply important studio visits. The first from artist Nene Humphrey wherein she and I easily connected and we were able to talk about my work. The second was equally important to me from painter John O'Conner.
This is a panorama of my studio towards the end of my residency.
My experience as being part of an international community of artists in Johnson, VT was stellar. The daily back-and-forth discussions over lunch, dinner and in our studios late at night created tight and ongoing trusted relationships. This was truly a rare and special moment in time for me.
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Thank you for visiting, dear sisters and brothers in stitch.