Founded in 1838 and now a National Historic Landmark, Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn was one of the first rural cemeteries in America. By the early 1860s, it had earned an international reputation for its magnificent beauty, attracting 500,000 visitors a year. A magnet for history buffs and bird watchers, the cemetery sits on 478 spectacular acres of hills, valleys, glacial ponds and paths, throughout which exists one of the largest outdoor collections of 19th- and 20th-century statuary and mausoleums.
The cemetery is currently inviting applications for its 2021 Artist-in-Residence program. The residency will run from January through September 2021 and will provide a single artist with a $7,500 honorarium and the opportunity to create a new project or body of work inspired by a beautiful natural landscape, stunning monuments, and compelling history. The residency is open to emerging or mid-career artists residing in New York City and working in the visual and/or performing arts. The artist-in-residence will also receive a private studio space in the landmarked Fort Hamilton Gatehouse, as well as access to the cemetery’s professional staff and archives and historical collections. The artist will be expected to develop a project (or body of work) that is inspired by Green-Wood and engages with the cemetery’s archives, art, architecture, history, or landscape (or some combination therein); consult with Green-Wood’s professional staff; create a final presentation of the work for public viewing; present at least one artist lecture and one Open Studios afternoon/evening; and be on site at least two days a week.
To be eligible, applicants must be an emerging or mid-career artist living and working in New York City. Collectives/collaborators will be considered as long as all members are local.
See the Green-Wood Cemetery website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.