We’ve all heard horror stories about artist residencies. There was no bathroom for miles on the farm! The studios were rickety and falling apart! The application fees were outrageous! So before you start thinking about your next “adult summer camp”, aka a residency, you’ll want to take a look at Rate My Artist Residency. It’s a new website with descriptions and deadlines for residencies across the world, and it allows anonymous users to submit ratings about each program. It’s similar to “How’s My Dealing?” the popular website that hosts comments from artists who’ve worked with the listed galleries, critics, and curators. Seriously, a great idea.
The site is still thin on comments, but some of the listings have plenty of useful ratings and discussion. In Wisconsin, one commenter mentioned that you’ll need a car to get out to ACRE since there’s no public transportation out there. In New York, another commenter called Art OMI “a bit of Skowhegan lite, great artists.” Each are good to know.
Also useful is information on which residencies are more like resorts and which resemble hostels. From the sounds of it, the Vermont Studio Center—which, according to RMAR, is glitzy, with yoga classes, a salad bar, and 24/7 fruit and beverages—falls into the first category. Still, the residency received scattered remarks, some good, some bad, across the board.