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Artists

Supporting Emerging Artists

As part of our mission, we support and host visual and literary artists and scholars of all kinds who are influenced by a sense of place, including the natural world and humankind’s place in it. Our art-related programming continues the Mellons’ long history of generous support at the intersection of the arts and the environment.

Emerging artists engage with Oak Spring through either a residency or fellowship program, as detailed below.

Residencies are also open to scholars or researchers who are interested in the Oak Spring Garden Library. Visit our Researchers Page to learn more and apply for a residency or fellowship.


Artist Awards

We are accepting applications for our 2020 Botanical Artists in Residence (BAiR) until November 8, 2019. We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020 Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence or Artists in Residence Program (AiR), but will announce our 2021 call for applications in the first quarter of 2020.

All artist residents are provided a stipend, housing accommodation, and 24-hour access to studio space on the Oak Spring estate in Upperville, Virginia (see slideshow above; additional images forthcoming). For more information on the residency, including our site, accommodations, and resources, read our 2020 OSGF Residency Handbook. Read below for more details on each of these programs and to learn more about our past awardees.

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Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence

The Oak Spring Garden Foundation awards one Fellow annually for the Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence. The selected Eliza Moore Fellow is awarded $10,000 and a two-week residency at Oak Spring. Scroll below to learn about our past Eliza Moore Fellows.

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Artists in Residence

The Artist in Residence (AiR) Program provides the opportunity for artists and writers to pursue and accomplish their own creative endeavors in a beautiful rural environment. Our hope is for artists to be inspired by each other, our 700-acre landscape, our historic gardens, and the Library's collection of rare books on plants, landscape and gardens.

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Botanical Artists in Residence

We are now accepting applications for our inaugural Botanical Artists in Residence Program (BAiR). The aim of this program is to extend our support for artists to practitioners of botanical illustration – which sits at a unique intersection of art and science and is well represented in the Oak Spring Garden Library collection. For more information on the award and eligibility, read our flier.

To Apply for the BAiR:

The button below will take you to our application portal, where you will be prompted to create an application profile. Please note that you are able to save drafts of your application, log out, and return to your draft application at any time before the application deadline. If you have any questions regarding the application process or requirements, please email programs@osgf.org. Applications for the BAiR must be completed by November 8, 2019.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2020 Eliza Moore Fellowship or 2020 Artists in Residence program (the deadline was August 11, 2019). Thank you to everyone who applied! We expect to notify applicants in mid-November 2019.

If you’re interested in our 2021 awards, please check back early in the new year and/or sign up for our e-newsletter. We expect our 2021 Artist Awards to be similar to our 2020 Call for Artists.


Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence Alum

Lucia Monge    2018 Eliza Moore Fellow  Peru  Mixed Media

Lucia Monge

2018 Eliza Moore Fellow

Peru

Mixed Media

Jennifer Scheuer    2019 Eliza Moore Fellow  Drawing, lithography, photography

Jennifer Scheuer

2019 Eliza Moore Fellow

Drawing, lithography, photography

Ellie Irons    2019 Eliza Moore Fellow  Mixed Media

Ellie Irons

2019 Eliza Moore Fellow

Mixed Media


Artist in Residence Alum

Annie Varnot    2018 AiR (pilot)  Brooklyn, NY  Painting and sculpture

Annie Varnot

2018 AiR (pilot)

Brooklyn, NY

Painting and sculpture

Elissa Levy    Spring 2019 AiR  New York, NY  Drawing, photography, painting, sculpture  Image: Alexis Courtney Photography

Elissa Levy

Spring 2019 AiR

New York, NY

Drawing, photography, painting, sculpture

Image: Alexis Courtney Photography

Regan Rosburg    Fall 2019 AiR  Denver, CO  Painting and sculpture

Regan Rosburg

Fall 2019 AiR

Denver, CO

Painting and sculpture

Maxim Loskutoff    2018 AiR (pilot)  Missoula, MT  Fiction

Maxim Loskutoff

2018 AiR (pilot)

Missoula, MT

Fiction

John Liles    Spring 2019 AiR  Grew up in Auburn, CA  Poetry

John Liles

Spring 2019 AiR

Grew up in Auburn, CA

Poetry

Dinora Justice    Fall 2019 AiR  Newton, MA  Painting, photography, installation

Dinora Justice

Fall 2019 AiR

Newton, MA

Painting, photography, installation

Andrew Myers    2018 AiR (pilot)  Corvallis, OR  Painting and drawing

Andrew Myers

2018 AiR (pilot)

Corvallis, OR

Painting and drawing

Samantha Sanders    Spring 2019 AiR  Philadelphia, PA  Painting and drawing

Samantha Sanders

Spring 2019 AiR

Philadelphia, PA

Painting and drawing

Katie Holten    Fall 2019 AiR  New York, NY  Drawing, sculpture, installation  Image: Dillon Cohen

Katie Holten

Fall 2019 AiR

New York, NY

Drawing, sculpture, installation

Image: Dillon Cohen

Donna Cooper Hurt    2018 AiR (pilot)  Charleston, NC  Photography

Donna Cooper Hurt

2018 AiR (pilot)

Charleston, NC

Photography

Autumn von Plinsky    Spring 2019 AiR  New York, NY  Painting and drawing

Autumn von Plinsky

Spring 2019 AiR

New York, NY

Painting and drawing

Dolores Furtado    Fall 2019 AiR  New York  Sculpture

Dolores Furtado

Fall 2019 AiR

New York

Sculpture


How do we define an emerging artist?

Our support to artists–in both our residencies and fellowships–prioritizes emerging artists who show significant potential, but are under-recognized. We define an “emerging artist” as an artist who is early career, self-directed, and pre-professional. An emerging artist can be of any age and of any technical background (we consider both academically trained and non-academically trained artists) and are no longer enrolled in a degree-related program.

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To help us recognize an emerging artist, we look for some evidence of professional achievement and recognition, but do not expect a substantial record of accomplishment. Examples of recognition include exhibitions, critical reviews, commissions, performances, grant awards, residencies, fellowships, publications, and productions. Our selection committee considers not only the number of these acknowledgments, but also timing, size, characteristics, geographic context, and significance.

 All emerging artists who are invited to work at Oak Spring have the necessary equipment and skills to work independently, but may require support in the form of time, space, financial assistance, and community.


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Supporting Art/Science Collaborations & Communications:

We are no longer accepting applications for a 2020 place-based project in the Virginia Piedmont that relates to the American chestnut tree.

The story of the American chestnut reflects a once-abundant North American species that has been nearly wiped out by a fungal infection from Asia. One artist/scientist team will work on an installation that will help us visualize and communicate what can be learned from the demise of the American chestnut and the struggle for its revival. The project will utilize the American chestnut salvaged split rail fences that were once a part of OSGF estate (see image at left).

View our full Call for Letters of Intent and stay tuned for an installation in 2020!


OSGF is an emerging member of the Alliance of Artists Communities.