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Artist-in-Residence at the Museum

Meet the 2022 Artist-in-Residence: Beth Crowe

Beth lives in Kennebunk with her family. She is an oral storyteller who likes to take bits of history and a vivid imagination and create stories that resonate with audiences of all ages.  During her Residency series, she will present three glimpses into Kennebunk history. The first story, “The Great Cannonball Caper,” takes place in the summer of 1950 and follows the adventures of two best friends growing up in Kennebunk.

After the story, the audience will be encouraged to work with Beth to learn the simple art of needle felting and add their work to the finished pieces she will be creating to retell the story visually.  Don’t think you can? Nonsense!  Beth says , “ If you can color in a coloring book, you can needle felt!  If you can draw a tree, a house, or a bike, you can design.”

Beth’s storytelling programs occur once a month from July through September 2022. Please check our Calendar for dates and times – these programs are free! Additionally, Beth will be in the Museum galleries EVERY Tuesday morning through September 20th from 10am – 12pm to teach needlefelting to visitors who can help create our community tapestry!

 

 

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Open Applications for 2023: Rolling through March 1, 2023

The Brick Store Museum Bauman Artist-in-Residency program began in Summer 2022. Each year, the Museum selects an artist to create works of art that reflect the diverse history and cultures of Kennebunk through varied art mediums.

No matter the medium, any Artist-in-Residence holds the position for three months and is expected to produce a Final Project (work of art, play, piece of music, etc.) to be accepted into the Museum’s collection AND offer at least one public program (i.e. workshop or Artist’s program based on your specialty). During the Residency, the artist will contribute to the Artist Blog on the Museum’s website.

Eligibility: All artists of any medium are invited, including (but not limited to): paint, illustration, writing, sculpture, performance, music, etc.

Please submit:

1) Residency Application (PDF here)

2) Artist bio and CV

3) Project proposal (400 word maximum) with a realistic end goal that demonstrates your vision and how you will utilize the Museum’s collections.

Expectations

The Brick Store Museum is focused on the history, art and cultures of Kennebunk, Maine. Artist should create their work to focus on the town, using the Museum’s collections as inspiration. This can be done through all mediums of art. (Photographs, printmaking, sculpture, videos, educational works, drawings, and other new media).

  1. Artist must maintain a clean and safe workplace.
  2. Artist will lead a presentation of their resulting work, such as an artist talk, performance, tour, etc. (In person/virtual).
  3. The Museum is offering a 3 month “residency” on site at the Museum (housing is not provided). Artist must be able to commute and have easy access to the Museum.
  4. Residency will produce a “tangible” result to be used at the Museum, for instance, a new artwork; performance; play; interpretive writing; photography; product for the Museum store, etc.
  5. Prior to acceptance to the Program, staff and potential Resident will meet to discuss specifics of the project and the Museum’s expectations.
  6. Artist will be working with Museum staff for help with artifacts and access. Museum staff will work with the artist to figure out which supplies can be provided.

 

Benefits

1) Artist will receive a stipend after the completion of their work.

2) Artist’s work will be included in the Museum’s collections once complete.

3) Artist has opportunity to sell reproductions of their work(s) in Museum Store (or via programming tickets, if applicable) for commission, as described in Residency Agreement.

 

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This program is based on the support of the Bauman Artist-in-Residence Program Fund, as established in 2021. To support this Fund into the future, please contact Cynthia Walker at [email protected] or (207)985-4802.