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The Seven Below Arts Initiative was established to foster artistic development and to support arts education in the state of Vermont. Seven Below, in partnership with Burlington City Arts, is pleased to request proposals for a six-week residency at The Barn near Burlington, Vermont. The residency is designed to provide artists with a peaceful, inspiring, and supportive environment for individual and/or collaborative new work. The residency program is open to artists at any stage of their career, working in various visual arts media.



The ideal applicant should be an artist with a history of rigorous work, excellent communication skills, and enthusiasm for interacting with other artists and the public.  Although we cannot subsidize travel to Vermont, we encourage the participation of artists from outside New England as well as locally.



Residents will live and work at The Barn, a uniquely restored 65 acre property offering magnificent views of Mt. Mansfield and the Green Mountains. The 200-year-old Alan Irish Barn was reconstructed in 1996 and served as the recording and rehearsal facility for Phish, Trey Anastasio, and other musicians. In 2006, to support the activities of the Seven Below Arts Initiative, The Barn was retrofitted to provide living and workspace for up to three artists in residence at a time.  A Studio Manager and Working Resident lives onsite full time and maintains separate housing and workspace.   


The Barn is located in a very remote and mountainous area.  It is 30-40 minutes outside of Burlington by car (Vermont's largest city) and approximately 15 minutes from the nearest market or convenience store.  Residents are strongly encouraged to bring their own vehicles to The Barn.  All residents should have a valid driver's license.  For those residents who do not have their own vehicles, very limited shared transportation can be arranged with the Studio Manager and Working Resident.


The Barn includes three semi-private bedrooms, (one room for each artist), one shared kitchen, one shared bathroom, and extensive common space. On the main floor, The Barn can accommodate painting, drawing, installation, and other "clean" working practices.  A large portion of this open floor is divided into three studio spaces that are separated by dividers, configured to offer a separation of workspace as well as room for collaborative work.  The workspaces and living quarters are NOT sound proof.  In general, prospective residents should be prepared for a communal living and working environment. Indoor/outdoor sculpture bays are better suited to heavier, more industrial work and are equipped with only the basic hand tools and equipment for working in sculptural media.  Tools include a table saw, a chop saw, a a cordless drill, a hammer, a 1/4" socket set, allen wrenches and screwdrivers.  Residents who use specialized equipment are encouraged to bring their own.  Amenities include a landline telephone, DSL Wireless Internet, and limited cell phone service.  AT&T and Verizon service work best at The Barn, while all other services are very spotty.  The Barn is not air conditioned.


In addition to The Barn, residents will have limited access to Burlington City Arts studios (photography, printmaking, kiln, and clay) located in downtown Burlington (35 minute drive) at the BCA Center, a 5-floor visual arts center, and at BCA Print and Clay Studio 250.  For more information on these facilities, please visit: Residents are also welcome to utilize the media resource room at the BCA Center, including computers equipped with high-speed Internet. 


Note: To protect the privacy of The Barn and its owners, all residents must sign a basic confidentiality agreement. This agreement also specifies that the use of illegal drugs are prohibited while on the property.  Residents will receive a copy of the agreement upon acceptance into the program.


Artists in Residence will receive:

• $2,000 stipend


• Living accommodations including semi-private bedroom, shared kitchen and shared bathroom (total of three residents and one Studio Manager/Working Resident per session).


• Individual studio space and access to shared workspace.


• Access (as available) to BCA studios.


• Studio Visits from the BCA Center Curator


Residency Dates

There will be one six week residency session.  Due to the mixed use of the residency space, we cannot release specific  2014 dates at this time. The residency dates will be made available online as soon as possible. Generally, the session will begin in early August. Please note that residents are required to be on premises at least 39 of the 42 day residencies.


Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted online by 5:00 PM EST, Tuesday, April 1st.

Click the "upload" link underneath each requirement to complete the online application.


Application Requirements



Residential Living Questionnaire

This questionnaire is vital to establishing a productive, comfortable, and safe environment.

Please Click Here to fill out the questionnaire



Work Samples (.JPG)

Include up to 12 images of work created within the last three years. All images must be in JPG format with a maximum file size of 1MB per image. Please label all files using the following format: "artistslastname_title_number.jpg" "Number" is in two-digit format and refers to the order in which you wish the image to appear on the Documentation List, "artistslastname" is the last name of the artist or name of the artist collective, and "title" is the title of the piece. All text should be lowercase with no spaces. An example would look like this:

ex. jones_untitled_01.jpg


For video and sound pieces, artists should include links in their Documentation List to vimeo, youtube or a personal website where their work can be viewed. We apologize, but we cannot accept video uploads at this time.

Click Here to Upload Work Samples



Documentation List (.PDF)

This list should correspond with your work samples. Include the title, date, media, dimensions, duration, and file name. 


1. Untitled (2012)

Paper, Upholstered Car Parts, Misc. hardware and LED lights

9' x 14' x 6' 3"


Click Here to Upload Documentation List



Proposal (.PDF)

The proposal should outline your goals for the residency and should not exceed 1000 words.  Please include:


• Physical and conceptual descriptions of the work that you intend to produce during the residency and how it relates to the scope of your past work. Be specific about the materials and methods you propose to use at The Barn.


• Why you think Seven Below is a good fit for your artistic practice and approach.

Click Here to Upload Proposal



Resumé (.PDF)

The resumé should include the artist's place and date of birth, exhibition history, professional experience, academic history, and any additional relevant experience. Please list a minimum of two professional or academic references. Be sure to include the person's name, occupation, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Click Here to Upload Resumé



Finalize Your Application

Click Here to Review File Uploads and Finalize Submissions


For questions, please contact Ashley Landers:

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