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Rocky Neck Art Colony Opportunity for Environmental Artist

Rocky Neck Art Colony has launched a new residency program. Running alongside the annual Goetemann Artist Residency the Environmental Installation Artist program was created in an effort to bring art out of the studio and make it both visible and accessible to the public.

The residency - created in partnership with Ocean Alliance - intends to support the creation of site-specific installations that engage the public and draw attention to questions and challenges posed by environmental policies, politics, and/or social change. Through partnerships with local non-profits and community programs, artists will be asked to respond creatively to the concerns of the greater Gloucester/Cape Ann Community. One artist will be awarded a month-long residency term which includes a waterfront live-work studio space and access to a rich cultural community. Residents are expected to host an opening and closing talk to engage with the Glouchester community.

The application deadline is February 10, 2018.

The Committee places exceptional value on the year-round work performed by the Alliance. Their continuing efforts to protect existing whale populations while educating the public about the fragility of our oceans resonates with the entire world.

The installation site measures 30×40’ and sits on the Gloucester waterfront exposed to strong winds and the elements in the gravel parking lot of the Ocean Alliance facility. Highly visible to passing fishing ships, sailing and recreational boats, the site also provides free public access for tourists and visitors on foot or by car. Artists have full access to the site during the residency period.

2017 Pilot Program

In 2017 the program hosted it's first Environmental Installation Artist - Nathan Thomas Wilson - who researched the great auk, a flightless bird that was hunted to extinction. It was the first animal to enjoy environmental protection from the King of England, but that protection was not enough to save it. Nathan constructed a 7’ tall auk from debris found in the surrounding waters.

Read more at: http://rockyneckartcolony.org/environmental-installation-artist/