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Artists: Spend a Year at the Beach Making Art!

Lucien Clergue, Picasso on the beach, Cannes (1965). Gelatin silver print 17 3/4 in. x 11 in. Signed in pencil on verso. (Inv# 64771-C) Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Throckmorton Fine Art, via artnet Magazine.

Lucien Clergue, Picasso on the beach, Cannes (1965). Gelatin silver print 17 3/4 in. x 11 in. Signed in pencil on verso. (Inv# 64771-C) Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Throckmorton Fine Art, via artnet Magazine.

If you have seen Island Time: Galveston Artist Residency – The First Four Years at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (on view through Valentine’s Day) and thought that you, too, might like to spend a year in a beach town making art, this might be your year.

Okay, it’s only an 11-month residency, but artists receive a studio, an apartment, a stipend of $1,000 per month, and a bicycle. The Galveston Artist Residency (GAR) has announced its open call for applications for the 2016-2017 residency year and the deadline is March 12th. GAR will be awarding three residency grants for the time period of September 1, 2016 through August 1, 2017. Recipients of the residency grant will be notified of their acceptance by the end of April.

Founded in 2011, this extended-term artist program has become a very coveted residency. GAR’s web site even warns, “Please keep in mind that the application process is highly competitive. Residencies are chosen by an outside selection panel of art professionals.”

But don’t let them scare you—go for it!

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