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 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 creative writing, visual arts and performance. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE
The deadline for high school students applying for all workshops is May 1, 2017. Notifications will be received by the week of May 15.

ELIGIBILITY
High School students grade level 9-12 from Chicago and the surrounding region are welcome to apply. Each year, Ragdale accepts 24 students to the Writing Intensives,12 students to the Visual Arts Intensive and 12 students to the Performance Intensive, 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
High School Arts Week will take place Monday through Friday, July 17-21 from 10am-4pm 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 Patricia McNair, author and professor, or a poetry/creative writing workshop under the guidance of Quraysh Ali Lansana, poet, editor, and author. 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 Regin Igloria, artist and educator, are invited to explore the concepts of site, space, and place through guided investigations in art, utilizing the Ragdale grounds as inspiration for creative engagement.

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 15. 

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

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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 three months after the application deadline, approximately mid 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.



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 May 15, 2017

Call for Alumni Artwork

1-2 artists will be selected to showcase an exhibition in the Barnhouse dining room and/or Board Room. Ragdale is also seeking alumni artwork to add to our collection and enhance the experience of residents and guests. 

Eligibility: Visual artist or curators who are alumni (as featured artist and/or curator)

Exhibition:

1.            A 6-month exhibition opportunity in the Barnhouse dining room and/or board room will be awarded to one or two artists.

2.          Loaned or donated works will be displayed in Barnhouse live/work spaces.

 Exhibition Spaces:

1. Dining Room: long wall- 20’x 8’. Short wall- 7’6”x 5’6”. (Ragdale's preference is that work is not installed and that the angel wing remains on the short wall. Since this is where Chef Linda presents the evening meal, work on this wall is subject to food spills!)

2. Board Room: long wall, with three windows 55’x 8”. Short wall, space for two works on either side of the door 3’x4’ each.

Please note all measurements approximate

 Artwork: 2-D artworks of any medium or 3-D wall hung work. If selected, please plan to include all materials required for installation. Please allow at least 30 days notice to have work returned. All inquiries to purchase will be directed to the artist, with 100% of proceeds to the artist.  Wall text, price list, business cards may also be included.

Deadline: May 15, 2017. 11:59pm CST

Application: requires images of up to 10 artworks, an image list, and an optional artist statement/ description of the proposed exhibition. If you wish to donate or lend selected works to Ragdale for 1 year or longer, please indicate this in your application. https://ragdale.submittable.com/submit/81425/call-for-alumni-artwork

Please note, not all lent or donated artworks can be accepted. A limited number of pieces will be accepted into Ragdale’s collection based upon the following criteria:  a diversity of artists and mediums represented, a maximum of 2 works per artist, and preference for work created in the last 5 years. Work submitted need not be created while in residence at Ragdale.


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 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.