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Austin’s Blanton Museum Launches Music Residency Program

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Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art recently announced that they are starting a new residency offering emerging artists the opportunity to create a sound-based artwork to be featured in the museum’s January 2018 SoundSpace performance. Aiming to highlight the connections between art and music, SoundSpace is a biannual concert series that responds to the Blanton’s exhibitions and to what’s happening in our society at large — past concerts have included tributes to recently deceased musicians (Pierre Boulez, David Bowie, Tony Conrad, Ethan Frederick Greene, and Prince), and new pieces by legendary artists like Pauline Oliveros.

To facilitate the artist-in-residence’s sound work, the Blanton will give the artist an opportunity to host a public workshop, a $1000 honorarium, a workspace, access to the museum’s collection, and will document the new piece. The artist will be chosen by a panel that includes Blanton staff, artistic leadership of SoundSpace, and a guest sound/music curator. Applications are due September 1, 2017, and the residency will begin in December 2017.

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