Summer Artist Dreams and Another Residency Application

by Paula Newton July 31, 2013
You can make art here.

You can make art here.

Summer may slow down a bit in the art world, but it’s a busy time for artists filling out applications for grants and residencies. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is now accepting applications for the Brown Foundation Fellows Program at Dora Maar House, an international program for artists and other professionals in the arts and humanities.

The program, which gives “outstanding mid-career professionals the opportunity to further their artistic and scholarly work,” offers travel expenses, a workspace and stipend for a one- to three-month stay. Fellows work and live in the historic former residence of photographer and artist Dora Maar, the one-time muse and mistress of Pablo Picasso, located in the heart of Ménerbes, a village near Avignon in the south of France, long-known for attracting artists and writers.

Since 2007, the site has been the home for the coveted MFAH-run program, which accepts several fellows each season. Of course, a number of MFAH staff members have received these fellowships (Mari Carmen Ramirez, Cindi Strauss, Anne Wilkes Tucker, and Mary Leclere), but they all have international reputations that resist any hint of being called insider slouches. Other recent fellows have included art critic and painter Peter Plagens; poet Cleopatra Mathis; journalist and non-fiction writer Pamela Newkirk; writer Sarah Schulman; curator Kristina Van Dyke; and MOMA media curator Barbara London.

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Susanne Darius August 1, 2013 - 20:32

Struggling through a mid-career dry period, presumably the phase preceding a change in style, I feel new artistic beginnings on the fringes of my inner vision. Completely free of dependents and demands, save a permanent job in the scientific field, I am ready, willing and able to take up residency at Dora Maar house. In Barcelona in 2006, I visited the Picasso, Miro museums and then the Salvador Dali museum in Figueres and introduced my son, now in the animation business, to them all.

Sante and Salud,


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