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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. Scholars interested in the Oak Spring Garden Library are welcome to apply for residency and a fellowship on our Scholars Page.


Eliza Moore Fellowship for Artistic Excellence

OSGF 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.

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

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.

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; additional images forthcoming).

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

Not Pictured:

Courtney Leonard – Fall 2019 AiR – Photography, sculpture, installation, film


To Apply:

Beginning this year, we will accept applications to our Artist in Residence Program along with our Eliza Moore Fellowship. The open call for applicants will be held in conjunction with a nomination process that intentionally seeks out mission-aligned artists. Finalists will be given the opportunity to join our AiR and the top applicant will be awarded the Eliza Moore Fellowship. For the 2020 program, the application period will run from March 2019 to August 2019. Please check our Opportunities Page and sign up for our E-newsletter to stay up-to-date.

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.

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