Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Be our guest... at the OVAC Artist Retreat!

OVAC's upcoming Artist Survival Kit Retreat at the Quartz Mountain Resort is a great opportunity for artists to get away from their regular routine to spend some time with other artists, learn some valuable information for their careers and have some fun!

Although the focus of the retreat is artist residencies, there will be several sessions on other topics. Not sure if this topic is for you? Here's some info about artist residencies...

Artists’ residencies (also called artists’ communities, colonies, retreats, workspaces, and studio collectives) provide dedicated time and space for creative work. Beyond this core value, these creative communities are a diverse group, and provide artists of all disciplines with many different styles and models of support.

Residencies can be found in urban or rural areas, serving one artist at a time or 50. Some support one artistic genre while many are interdisciplinary, welcoming visual artists, writers, composers, choreographers, scholars and other creative individuals. There are programs that are active centers for public programs and others that offer solitude and retreat. Many provide room and board as a home-away-from-home; others offer not a place to live, but a community for local artists in which to work and be supported in the creation of new art.

This information comes from the website of the Alliance of Artist Communities. The Director, Caitlin Strokosch, will be our keynote speaker at the Retreat.

Recently, OVAC hosted Dr. Judith Schwartz from New York who served as curator of our VisionMakers exhibition. In conversation with her, she noted that she believes residencies are the single best way for an artist to take their career to a national or international level. How? By connecting artists with people all over the world and forming lasting bonds with them.

If you're interested in attending, now is the time to register! We've extended the early registration discount to April 10 (this Friday!). If you're a current OVAC member, that means registration is only $85! That includes the full weekend of workshop, some fun field trips, plus two breakfasts and one lunch. We've also started a roommate referral list and a rideshare list for anyone looking to minimize costs. Just email Kelsey at

All the information, including a full schedule is at

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