Ragdale is a non-profit artists’ community located on architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s country estate in Lake Forest, IL, 30 miles north of Chicago. In 1976, Shaw’s granddaughter, Alice Judson Hayes, transformed her family’s summer home into an artist's retreat to provide time and space for artists to create important new work.

Today, Ragdale annually hosts nearly 200 visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists at all stages of their careers for 18-25 day residencies, making it one of the largest interdisciplinary artist communities in the country. Ragdale offers a retreat setting where at any given time, a dozen creative individuals experience uninterrupted time for dedicated work, a supportive environment, family-style dinners, and dynamic artist exchanges within a backdrop of 50 acres of idyllic prairie.

Ends on March 3, 2017$40.00
$40.00

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Applicants should submit project proposals through ragdale.org via the Submittable online portal no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, March 3, 2017. Proposal review and notification will take place by March 17.

PROJECT GUIDELINES

Applicants are encouraged to visit Ragdale prior to submitting their application. Projects may be sited in your choice of varied locations including a gently sloping lawn area of approximately 80’ x 80’ located immediately behind the 1897 Arts and Crafts Ragdale House bordered by a garden, woods, and 50 acres of native prairie. A flat lawn area of similar size is located between the Ragdale House and Barn House. Photos of the Ragdale campus are available at ragdale.org. The installation and its location are subject to approval by Ragdale staff as well as the City of Lake Forest. The winning team must provide its own insurance while constructing the project at Ragdale. The project must meet safety requirements to be able to withstand the effects of outdoor conditions and public use.

Proposals are open to any interpretation of the original Ragdale Ring but should adhere to the following guidelines:

1 The structure, in its entirety or parts, should accommodate up to 300 temporary seats (such as our guests’ picnic blankets and lawn chairs) as well as a stage with a minimum size of 20’ x 16’.
2 A light rain/sun shelter within the stage area should be incorporated to protect performers and equipment.
3 The proposal should address plans for the reuse, recycling, and dispersal of all material used in the project.
4 A preliminary budget should be included that identifies expenses related to the $15,000 production grant. If the budget exceeds this grant, the proposal should include potential additional funding sources and in-kind donations.
5 Renderings and sketches should be included as part of the proposal.
6 Present evidence of your team’s qualifications in sufficient detail to demonstrate your capacity to complete the project as you have described it. 


A completed application consists of:

1 Written Proposal – An explanation of up to 1,000 words that clearly describes the project and its relationship to the historic Ring as well as its anticipated use.
2 Visual Proposal – A selection of 10 digital images and/or a maximum 5-minute video that show plans, renderings, and drawings of your proposed structure.
3 Previous Work Samples – A selection of 5 digital images that show related ideas and concepts. Each file submitted should have a title, date, and brief description of work.
4 Resume/CV – A current resume/CV for each team member should include information about education, work, and teaching experience, exhibition history (if applicable), awards, grants, residencies, and other relevant information, including links to websites, blogs, etc.

Submittable accepts documents (.pdf), images (.jpg, .jpeg, .png, .gif, .tif, .tiff, .bmp, .tga), audio (.mp3, .wma, .ogg, .flac), and video (.m4v, .mov, .mp4, .wmv, .flv, .asf, .mpeg, .mpg, .mkv).

AWARD AND RESIDENCY
One project will be chosen. The recipient will receive a $15,000 production grant towards realizing the proposed project. The winning team will also receive a design-build residency for up to three weeks, which includes a studio plus full room and board for up to ten people during the month of May and June 2017. The project must be completed by June 9, as it will be featured in a spring event.

ELIGIBILITY
Architects, artists, and designers are invited to apply. Applicants do not need to be registered architects. Those outside of the Chicago area are eligible to apply, but additional funds for transportation will not be available. Production grant funds may be used for transportation as long as overall quality of the project is not sacrificed.

This application form is for the Ragdale Ring Design/Build Residency competition only. Please apply under the "Ragdale Residency Program 2018" for other residencies. Notification for the Ragdale Ring takes place March 15. This residency takes place May 22-June 9, 2017.

Ends on May 1, 2017

APPLICATION GUIDELINES for HIGH SCHOOL ARTS WEEK 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
High School Arts Week at Ragdale takes place July 17-21, 2017 and offers intensive workshops in writing, visual arts and performance. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE
The deadline for high school students applying for all workshops is May 1, 2017. Notifications received by May 12.

ELIGIBILITY
High School students grade level 9-12 from Chicago and the surrounding region are welcome to apply. Ragdale accepts 24 students to the Writing Intensive, 12 students to the Visual Arts Intensive, and 12 students to the Performance Intensive each year, following a competitive selection process. 

We encourage students of all backgrounds and levels of experience to apply. Ragdale does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, disability, gender, origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

WHEN & WHERE
The High School Intensives will take place Monday through Friday, July 18-22 from 10am-4:30pm at the historic campus of the Ragdale Foundation, 1260 North Green Bay Road in Lake Forest. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Writing Intensive:  Writing students will be assigned to either a short form prose writing workshop under the guidance of instructor Margaret Hawkins, author, critic, and long-time columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, or a poetry/creative writing workshop under the guidance of Quraysh Ali Lansana, poet, and literary teaching artist. Students will be asked to choose their preference for either poetry or prose, though placement in either group cannot be guaranteed.

Visual Arts Intensive:  Student artists under the tutelage of Rachel Harper, artist, educator, and curator, are invited to explore the concepts of site, space, and place through guided investigations in art, using the Ragdale grounds as an inspiration for creative inquiry.

Performance Intensive: Students will have the opportunity to act, direct, write and create site-specific performances inspired by their own experiences.  Will Rogers, creative producer, director, and performing artist, will lead the program. Participants from all performance backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES
All applicants submit electronic materials through the Submittable application portal.  Please note the following requirements to complete your application:

  1. A completed online application form.
  2. A letter of reference from a teacher or school official who knows you personally and can address your suitability for the week-long intensive. Reference letters are confidential and are submitted electronically through Submittable. 
  3. For applicants to the Writing Intensive, please attach two one-page writing samples. For applicants to the Visual Arts Intensive, please attach two images of your work. For applicants to the Performance Intensive, please attach a performance resume that includes past performance experience of any kind and and a 30-second to 1-minute video of the applicant in performance. All media is acceptable. Most electronic file types and sizes are accepted.

EVALUATION
Applications are reviewed by Ragdale staff and the program instructors.  Evaluations of work are based on the following criteria:

  1. Work samples show evidence of originality and inventiveness.
  2. Work samples demonstrate quality and technical proficiency.
  3. References reflect the student's ability to work well with other students.
  4. Students will be selected from as large a range of area schools as possible, taking into consideration the merit of work samples submitted.

NOTIFICATION
You will be notified of your admission status via email two weeks after the application deadline, the week of May 8-12, 2017. 

QUESTIONS?
For further assistance, please email Marita Seaberg at marita@ragdale.org or phone 847.234.1063 ext. 21.

Ends on May 15, 2017$25.00
$25.00

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION DEADLINES
For an 18- or 25-day residency in 2018, apply by 11:59 PM CST May 15, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY
Ragdale accepts approximately 150 artists each year. Ragdale encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and to that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. While there are no publication, exhibition or performance requirements for application, applicants should be working at the professional level in their fields.

Ragdale encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply, and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, disability, gender, origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

GUIDELINES
All applicants submit electronic materials through the Submittable application portal.  Please note the following requirements to complete your application:

  1. A completed online application form.
  2. Two current letters of reference OR surveys completed by people who know you personally and can address your professional capacity and suitability for a residency in a working community with other artists. Reference letters and survey responses are confidential and are submitted electronically through Submittable when you submit your application. Letters of reference/ Reference Surveys are due 11:59 PM CST June 1, 2017.              *A 10-15 minute survey option has been added to residency applications. Instructions for completing the survey or letter of recommendation will be automatically sent to your references when you submit your application.
  3. A one-page artist’s statement and work plan explaining your work and what you plan to do while in residence. 
  4. A one-page CV or resumé that summarizes your professional background.
  5. Work samples that show previous work from the past 2-3 years. All media is acceptable. Most electronic file types and sizes are accepted. 

EVALUATION
Applications are reviewed by Ragdale’s Curatorial Board and staff. Evaluations of work are based on the following criteria:

  1. Work sample and statement show evidence of original, inventive and exciting new work.
  2. Work sample demonstrates quality, technical proficiency, and is professionally presented.
  3. Artist’s statement and resumé show evidence that the applicant’s work is reflective of continued, serious, and exceptional aesthetic investigation in the chosen medium.
  4. Work plan demonstrates that the artist will maximize the benefits of a residency at Ragdale.
  5. References reflect the artist’s ability to work well in an artist community.

NOTIFICATION
You will be notified of your admission status via email two months after the application deadline, approximately the first two weeks of August. 

FINANCIAL AID
Ragdale can provide limited financial aid to admitted residents, based on need. Only individuals who have already been admitted may apply for financial assistance. Specific instructions and an application form are included with acceptance documents. In most cases, a reduction in the resident fee is granted to help offset the cost of a residency.

FELLOWSHIPS

Ragdale awards fellowships to admitted residents based on merit and suitability of practice for public programming and Ragdale in Schools Initiative. Specific instructions and an application form are included with acceptance documents.

COLLABORATIONS
Artists collaborating on a project must submit individual application forms and appropriate work samples, along with a joint description of the work they intend to do at Ragdale. Clearly specify your work and living space needs i.e. how many private studio and/or sleeping quarters are needed. You may also submit an example of a previous collaborative work (either completed or in progress). Any specific concerns can be directed to Amy Sinclair, Grants and Admissions Manager, before applying.

TIMELINE

May 15, 2017: Residency Application Deadline
June 1, 2017: Reference Letters Deadline
July 31- August 11, 2017: Residency Notification

QUESTIONS?
For further assistance, please email Amy Sinclair or phone 847.234.1063, ext. 26.



APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION DEADLINES
For an 5-7 day residency in 2018 for a collaborative group of 3-13 artists, apply by May 15, 2017

ELIGIBILITY
Ragdale accepts approximately 150 artists each year. Ragdale encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and to that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. While there are no publication, exhibition or performance requirements for application, applicants should be working at the professional level in their fields.

Ragdale encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply, and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, disability, gender, origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

GUIDELINES
All applicants submit electronic materials through the Submittable application portal. Only one application per collaborative group is required.  Please note the following requirements to complete your application:

  1. A completed online application form.
  2. Two current letters of reference OR surveys completed by people who know you personally and can address your professional capacity and suitability for a residency in a working community with other artists. Reference letters and survey responses are confidential and are submitted electronically through Submittable when you submit your application. Letters of reference/ Reference Surveys are due 11:59 PM CST June 1, 2017. A 10-15 minute survey option has been added. Instructions for completing the survey or letter of recommendation will be automatically sent to your references when you submit your application.
  3. A one-page artist’s statement and work plan explaining your work and what your group plans to do while in residence.
  4. A CV or resumé that summarizes your professional background per group member (one page per group member, all pages must be saved to one document)
  5. Work samples that show previous work from the past 2-3 years. All media is acceptable. Most electronic file types and sizes are accepted. 

EVALUATION
Applications are reviewed by Ragdale’s Curatorial Board and staff. Evaluations of work are based on the following criteria:

  1. Work sample and statement show evidence of original, inventive and exciting new work.
  2. Work sample demonstrates quality, technical proficiency, and is professionally presented.
  3. Artists' statement and resumé show evidence that the applicant’s work is reflective of continued, serious, and exceptional aesthetic investigation in the chosen medium.
  4. Work plan demonstrates that the artists will maximize the benefits of a residency at Ragdale.
  5. References reflect the artists' ability to work well in an artist community.

NOTIFICATION
You will be notified of your admission status via email one month after the application deadline, approximately the second week of August, 2017.

FEES

A $35 daily fee applies to each participant.

QUESTIONS?
For further assistance, please email Amy Sinclair or phone 847.234.1063, ext. 26.


TIMELINE

May 15, 2017: Residency Application Deadline 
June 1, 2017: Reference Letters Deadline
July 31- August 11, 2017: Residency Notification 


Ends on May 15, 2017

The Alice Judson Hayes Writing Fellowship is an annual award in memory of Alice Hayes, who created the Ragdale Foundation in what had been her family home. All her life she was committed to working for a just and peaceful world. An 18- or 25-day residency, free of charge, and a $500 stipend will be given to a writer who is working on a project designed to bring awareness to a contemporary issue having to do with peace, social justice, education, or the environment. Projects can be nonfiction or fiction (including journalism, essays, memoir, script-writing, creative nonfiction). No academic writing.

Application deadline is May 15, 2017. Applications are submitted through the Submittable online portal for the Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship, a category separate from the regular application deadline. Notification is in July 2017, with the residency taking place during 2018. 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION DEADLINES
For an 18- or 25-day fellowship in 2018, apply by 11:59 PM CST May 15, 2017.

ELIGIBILITY
One Alice Judson Hayes Fellowship is awarded annually. Ragdale encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and to that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply. While there are no publication, exhibition or performance requirements for application, applicants should be working at the professional level in their fields.

Ragdale encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply, and does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of age, disability, gender, origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation.

GUIDELINES
All applicants submit electronic materials through the Submittable application portal.  Please note the following requirements to complete your application:

  1. A completed online application form.
  2. Two current letters of reference from people who know you personally and can address your professional capacity and suitability for a residency in a working community with other artists. Reference letters are confidential and are submitted electronically through Submittable. Reference letters are due 11:59 PM CST June 1, 2016.
  3. A one-page artist’s statement and work plan explaining your work and what you plan to do while in residence.
  4. A one-page CV or resumé that summarizes your professional background.
  5. Work samples that show previous work from the past 2-3 years. All media is acceptable. Most electronic file types and sizes are accepted. 

EVALUATION
Applications are reviewed by a jury of Alice Judson Haye's family members. Evaluations of work are based on the following criteria:

  1. Work sample and statement show evidence of original, inventive and exciting new work.
  2. Work sample demonstrates quality, technical proficiency, and is professionally presented.
  3. Artist’s statement and resumé show evidence that the applicant’s work is reflective of continued, serious, and exceptional aesthetic investigation in the chosen medium.
  4. Work plan demonstrates that the artist will maximize the benefits of a residency at Ragdale
  5. References reflect the artist’s ability to work well in an artist community.

NOTIFICATION
You will be notified of your admission status via email two months after the application deadline, approximately the last week of July to the first week of August.

TIMELINE

May 15, 2017: Residency Application Deadline 
June 1, 2017: Reference Letters Deadline
July 31- August 11, 2017: Residency Notification 

QUESTIONS?
For further assistance, please email Amy Sinclair or phone 847.234.1063, ext. 26.



Ends on January 1, 2018

CREATIVE SABBATICALS PROVIDE A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO TACKLE A CREATIVE PROJECT IN A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT.

Creative Sabbaticals are one- to three-week residencies tailored for people who may or may not be creative professionals, but who are interested in pursuing a creative project in an environment without distractions. Participants pay $1,500 per week and have access to all that Ragdale has to offer, including a live/work studio, all meals, and interaction with other creative professionals. A special jury reviews proposals and work experience. Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Creative Sabbaticals take place during a scheduled residency session and follow the residency calendar. The dates listed below do not reflect availability.
2017 RESIDENCY sessions

1. January 9-27 (18 days)
2. January 30- February 17 (18 days)
3. February 27-March 17 (18 days)
4. March 27-April 14 (18 days)
5. May 1-19 (18 days)
6. May 22- June 9 (Ragdale Ring Residency, closed to residents)
7. June 19- July 14 (25 days)
8. July 24-August 18 (25 days)
9. August 28- September 15 (18 days)
10. October 2-20 (18 days)
11. October 23- November 17 (25 days)
12. November 20- December 15 (25 days)

Scheduling Criteria:
1. Must arrive on Monday and depart on a Friday or Sunday.
2. 3PM check-in and 10AM check-out.
3. Minimum stay of 4 days, maximum of 25 days.
4. Creative Sabbatical fee is $1,500 for 7 days. The fee is prorated to the number of days spent in residence.

For more information please contact Amy Sinclair, Grants & Admissions Manager.