Application Guidelines

Application Requirements

Submit one pdf document that includes the following 6 items part of the PlySpace Residency Application.  Also submit a portfolio of 10 works, outlined below.

  1. Artist statement: 250-500 word statement about work, practice, and motivation.
  2. Artist C.V.
  3. Professional References: Names and contact information for two professional references. 
  4. Anticipated Length of Stay: Residents may stay between 4 and 12 weeks. 
    Please indicate your desired length of stay as well as any specific arrival or departure dates, if necessary.
  5. Personal Project Proposal (up to one page) that outlines:
    • The personal or collective project you want to work on while at PlySpace;
    • What facilities, equipment, or other resources are necessary to complete your objective?
  6. Community Collaborative Project Proposal (up to one page) that includes:If the content of the personal and collaborative projects overlap, applicants may develop a single proposal that outlines both projects.
    • Which community collaborator categories are you interested in working with? Why are you interested in this collaboration? For a list of categories, see: Community Collaborations
    • What would your community collaboration entail?
    • How much time will you need to spend on your collaboration in order for it to be successful?
    • What facilities, equipment, or other resources are necessary to complete your community collaboration?

For more information on these application items, please see Community Collaborations and Application Upload Instructions

Portfolio

Portfolio images, media files, or writing samples are uploaded with the application documents to the submission website. The portfolio should include:

10 images of work or 3 video/media projects or documents or 3 writing samples from the last 5 years.
Work should reflect the type of work that will be pursued during the residency.
See the Application Upload Instructions for file specifications.

Application Fee: $25 Early Application, $40 Last-Chance

A non-refundable application fee is due with each application submitted through the submittable link. Application fees are paid via credit / debit card; other forms of payment will not be accepted.

We love to get applications early so have instituted a tiered application fee! If you apply for Fall 2018 by June 25th at 11:59 PM EST, your application fee will be $25.  If you apply after June 25th until the deadline July 1st, your application fee will be $40.  Apply early to enjoy the $25 fee!

PlySpace is a program of Muncie Arts and Culture Council, a not-for-profit organization. Your application fee directly supports the residency, artists, and community at large. We appreciate your support!

All applicants submit the same materials regardless of whether they are applying as a PlySpace Resident or PlySpace Resident Fellow. For complete submission instructions and specifications see the Application Upload Instructions page.

Deadlines

The residency terms are as follows:

Fall 2018 Residency - begins early September and continues through November.
Optional length of stay between 4 and 12 weeks.
Application Deadline: July 1, 2018. Applications will be accepted starting May 15, 2018.  Applicants will be notified  about the residency decision in late July.

Spring 2019 Residency - begins early February 2019 and continues through April 2019.
Optional length of stay between 4 and 12 weeks.
Application Deadline: November 1, 2018.  Applicants will be notified about the residency decision in late November.

Summer 2019 Residency - begins early May and continues through August.
Optional length of stay between 4 and 12 weeks.
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified about the residency decision in late March. 

Notification and Acceptance

Artists will be notified of admission decisions and residency placement within 4 weeks of the application deadline. Acceptance notifications will be accompanied by a response date, by which applicants will need to notify PlySpace of their intention to participate in the residency. If PlySpace does not hear back from the accepted applicant by the response date, their spot may be offered to another applicant. Unfortunately, spaces in the residency cannot be postponed to future terms or years. If an applicant cannot participate in the residency term for which they have applied,  a new application must be submitted during the open call for a future residency term.

Who Should Apply

Eligibility

PlySpace welcomes both emerging and established artists and creatives from a variety of disciplines. Applicants should be dedicated practitioners in their field and able to work safely and independently for the entire residency period to which they are assigned. Applicants should not be enrolled in a degree-granting program at the time of application and must be over 21 years of age. In order to expand and complement the creative resources available within the city of Muncie, Indiana, admission preference will be given to applicants who live and work outside of Delaware County, Indiana. Applicants can submit one application per term.

PlySpace encourages artists and creatives of all backgrounds to apply for admission. PlySpace does not discriminate in its programs and activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.

Collective Teams

Collective teams of 2-3 individuals can be accommodated and are encouraged to apply. Please submit a combined application and portfolio detailing work that you have produced as a team. PlySpace can admit one collective group for any single residency term. If you require anything other than separate living space and shared studio space, you should indicate this in your proposal. We will assume that collaborative groups will need separate spaces for living. Unfortunately, we can only offer one studio space per application, so collective groups will need to share a single studio. 

International Applicants

International applicants are welcome to apply; however, please be aware that all programming is conducted in English and will not have a translator. International applicants must be able to make their own travel plans to and from Muncie, Indiana, and obtain all necessary Visas and travel documentation as required by their home country and the U.S.

Applicants with Disabilities

Applicants with disabilities should contact PlySpace at hello@plyspace.org to discuss accommodation options prior to submitting an application.

Admissions Process

Admission to PlySpace will be determined in a two-step process.

All applications are reviewed by The PlySpace Admissions Panel, a five-juror committee who will narrow the field to no more than ten final applicants for review. Membership on this committee will rotate annually and consist of four professional artists and creatives in varying fields and one Muncie-based Arts advocate. The PlySpace Final Selection and Interview Committee will contact references and interview the final applicants. They will also assess community project proposals and place artists in partnership with available community groups. Accepted applicants will be offered either a PlySpace Residency or a PlySpace Resident Fellowship.

Second, the PlySpace Final Selection and Interview Committee will contact references and conduct interviews with the final applicants. They will also assess community project proposals and place artists in partnership with available community collaborators. 
 


Questions? Trouble with the application or uploads in submittable? Send us an email at hello@plyspace.org.