September 8, 2013

Penland offers Winter Residencies in Letterpress and Printmaking for Artists and Writers

Application deadline: September 15, 2013

Are you an artist or writer fascinated by the possibilities of ink on paper (in multiples, maybe)?  If so, you might enjoy spending a couple of weeks this coming January in Penland's letterpress or print studio working with support and guidance from an experienced printer.

Here are the details:

These residencies offer self-directed time to pursue a proposed project in the excellent Penland studios. Artists with any level of printing experience are eligible to apply. A lead printer in each studio will be available throughout the residency to offer technical and conceptual assistance as needed.

Through this program, Penland hopes to foster new connections and cross-pollination between writers, printmakers, letterpress printers, and all artists drawn to the versatility of print media. Past residents have created unique works and editions including (but not limited to) broadsides, prints, small publications, and artist books.

Penland is looking for artists who can working independently and are able to conceptualize a project that fits the time and equipment offered. Ten residents, including one writer, will be selected for each session - five residents for the letterpress studio and five for the printmaking studio. There are two sessions in the 2014 residency: Session 1, January 6-17 and Session 2, January 20-31.

The cost to each resident is $500. Penland will provide studio and housing; artists cover their travel expenses and supply their own materials and food. Meals are not provided, but housing includes access to a shared kitchen.

A new online registration process is offered. Click here for more information, bios for the lead printers, and details about the application process.

Penland School of Crafts is a national center for craft education located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina near Spruce Pine. Penland operates year-round providing opportunity to study in one-, two-, and eight-week workshops in fifteen professional teaching studios. Penland programs also include artists’ residencies, an educational outreach program, archives, winter studio independent study, and the Penland Gallery and Visitors Center. 

Penland is located in Mitchell County, North Carolina, fifty-three miles northeast of Asheville and six miles from Spruce Pine, the nearest town. Penland Road can be reached from either US 19 E of NC 226.

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