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Surel's Place

We believe that art gives insight into the experience of being human and that shared art experiences are a sublime way to strengthen communities. Therefore, we provide professional support to artists at a level commensurate to the value they add to our individual and collective lives.

To that end, our artists receive private use of a modern live-work space filled with art and antiques, travel and living stipends, free marketing, free utilities, and even free tickets to other art organizations and events.  Residencies are one month. Each resident offers one small workshop and one final reading, exhibit or performance, to showcase the work of the residency. For information about residency and application requirements, visit www.surelsplace.org/residency All Applicants must be:25 Years or Older Non Smokers

Location

Boise, Idaho: United States

Surel's Place is a residency program that offers private use of a modern live-work space in Garden City, right by the Boise River and minutes from downtown Boise via bicycle on the river path.  Boise has an engaged and sophisticated arts community that welcomes our residents with warmth and enthusiasm, and we are located at the heart of the Surel L Mitchell Live-Work-Create District, filled with many artists and artisans. Nearby, you'll find a glass blowing studio, many visual artists, a furniture maker, an architect, Push & Pour Coffee Roasters and Cafe, and Telaya Wine Co.'s tasting room.

To see a video about the property and locales, view our movie at surelsplace.org/video

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 1 month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 10
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 40

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    --Non Smokers
    --25 Years or Older

  • Application deadline: March 01, September 01, March 01, September 01, March 01, September 01, March 01, September 01, March 01, September 01
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    Deadlines: We have two annual application deadlines: We accept applications throughout the year. Our review committee reviews applications only twice annually; March 1st & September 1st. --September 1: for residencies from January through May of the following year. --March 1: for residencies from July through November of the same year.

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
surelsplace.org/alumni
I felt completely at home, and I really loved the community involvement. I was immediately brought into the heart of Boise's creative scene and began collaborations that will go on long after my time at Surel's place. As much as I have appreciated residencies like MacDowell Colony those places are lonely and abstract-- one of the things that I loved about this residency was that I was challenged to form new artistic relationships, define myself in a new community that had no real reason to like me--find a new direction for my own work--and it has left me with a new friends and collaborators here and real progress in my career and artistic direction
— David Eggar, Cellist and Composer (NYC)
It's the perfect place to go deep into your own work. The house is set up just right, and it's just outside of downtown so that you're not so far that you can't get there easily but far enough away you're not constantly tempted to go out somewhere. I felt so supported by my hosts and the community at large.
— Tempest K. Bradford, Fiction (NYC)

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
    We also provide access to a wireless inkjet printer. Artists provide ink and paper when printer is used for making art.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    There is a wheelchair ramp and all doorways are wide enough for a wheelchair. Outlets are elevated. The shower is a walk in shower with a built-in bench and hand held shower head, though there is a step up of about 3 inches.
  • Additional studio information: 
    There is large, light-filled studio with 15-foot ceilings, a large easel, two flat work tables, a large sink and storage.

Residency Fees

No application fee at this time. Only completed applications will be reviewed.

Stipends / other support

Travel stipends vary depending on travel costs. Living stipends are currently $100 per month, but all expenses are paid including rent, utilities, bike maintenance, and tickets to art programming. In addition teaching artists who come and participate in our PARTNER Arts program in nearby schools receive higher stipends.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Please carefully read the Residency and FAQ pages of our website thoroughly before contacting us with questions. Thanks!

Contact Information

PO Box 2004
Boise, Idaho 83701
United States
Tel: 208-991-4718