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.

Complete this application if you wish to be considered for all residency and fellowship awards. 

Do not complete this application if you are applying for fellowships only.

**COVID-19 update: Ragdale is continuing the application schedule as normal for 2021 opportunities. Whenever possible Ragdale will be flexible to schedule/ reschedule admitted residents for 2021 opportunities due to this crisis. Please contact Admissions@ragdale.org if the affects of COVID-19 preclude you from paying the $25 application fee. There are limited  fee-waived applications available on a first come-first served basis **

Residency Awards, up to 200 awarded in 2021

18-day residency fees are $630

25-day residency fees are $875

Admitted residents may apply for financial aid.  Ragdale can provide limited financial aid to admitted residents, based on need. Instructions  to apply are included with acceptance documents. In most cases, a reduction in the resident fee is granted. 


Fellowship Awards, up to 30 offered in 2021

18- or 25- day fee- waived residency. Stipend of at least $500 to participate in the Ragdale In Schools educational outreach program.

if you are awarded a residency, but not a fellowship, you may request financial aid. 

Admitted residents and fellows are responsible for their own travel.


 APPLICATION DEADLINES
For an 18- or 25-day residency in 2021, apply by 11:59 PM CST May 15, 2020.


ELIGIBILITY
Nearly 200 residencies and fellowships are now offered 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 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, 2020. *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. 
  6. Some fellowships require an eligibility statement of 500 words or less.


 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
Applicants are notified of admission status via email three months after the application deadline, approximately September. 

FINANCIAL AID
Admitted residents may apply for financial aid.  Ragdale can provide limited financial aid to admitted residents, based on need. Instructions  to apply are included with acceptance documents. In most cases, a reduction in the resident fee is granted.

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, 2020: Application Deadline
June 1, 2020: Reference Deadline
September 2020: Notification of Residency and Fellowship award. Admitted residents may apply for financial aid at this time.

QUESTIONS?
For further assistance, please email Amy Sinclair or phone 847.234.1063, ext. 28.

Complete this application if you wish to be considered for fellowship awards only. 

Do not complete this application if you are interested in residencies and fellowships. 

**COVID-19 update: Ragdale is continuing the application schedule as normal for 2021 opportunities. Whenever possible Ragdale will be flexible to schedule/ reschedule admitted residents for 2021 opportunities due to this crisis. **

Fellowship Awards, up to 30 offered in 2021

18- or 25- day fee- waived residency. Stipend of at least $500 to participate in the Ragdale In Schools educational outreach program. Ragdale awards fellowships based on merit and suitability of practice for public programming and Ragdale in Schools Initiative (1/2 day program within 18- months of the residency). Some fellowships have additional eligibility requirements which are listed in the application. Fellowship recipients are responsible for their own travel. 


APPLICATION DEADLINES  For an 18- or 25-day fellowship in 2021, apply by 11:59 PM CST May 15, 2020. 


ELIGIBILITY Nearly 200 residencies and fellowships are now offered 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 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, 2020.              *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 September.    

FELLOWSHIPS  Ragdale awards fellowships to admitted residents based on merit and suitability of practice for public programming and Ragdale in Schools Initiative. Specific instructions to be considered for available fellowships are within this application.

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, 2020: Application Deadline  

June 1, 2020: Reference Deadline 

September, 2020: Notification       


QUESTIONS? For further assistance, please email Amy Sinclair or phone 847.234.1063, ext. 28.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES for HIGH SCHOOL ARTS WEEK 2020
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
High School Arts Week at Ragdale takes place July 20-24, 2020 and offers intensive workshops in creative writing, visual arts and audio production.
APPLICATION DEADLINE
The deadline for high school students applying for all workshops is Friday, May 8, 2020, 11:59 p.m. Notifications will be received around the week of May 18.
ELIGIBILITY
High School students grade level 9-12 from Chicago and the surrounding region are welcome to apply. Each year Ragdale accepts 24 students in Creative Writing, 24 in Visual Arts, and 12 students in Audio Production, 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 20-24 from 10am-4pm at the historic campus of The Ragdale Foundation, 1260 North Green Bay Road in Lake Forest.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Creative Writing:  Creative Writing students will be assigned to either a short form prose writing workshop under the guidance of instructor Margaret Hawkins, author and educator, 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 guidance of Paulina Camacho, artist and educator, 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 engagement.
Puppetry Intensive: Students will work with staff from Third Coast Audio Festival to combine aspects of writing and storytelling with hands-on experiences using sound and recording equipment. Guest audio producers and a field trip to the WBEZ radio station studios in Chicago will be part of this new program offering. The week will culminate with student-produced work(s) recorded and shared as a live podcast.

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 Audio Intensive, please attach a 30-second to 1-minute video or audio recording of the applicant in performance or examples of related written/narrative/storytelling. 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 around the week of May 20, 2019.
QUESTIONS?
For further assistance, please email Regin Igloria at regin@ragdale.org or phone 847.234.1063 ext. 26.

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.

2020 RESIDENCY SESSIONS

  1. January 6- 31 (25 days)
  2. February 3- 28 (25 days)
  3. March 2- 20 (18 days) 
  4. March 30- April 17 (18 days)
  5. May 4- 22 (18 days)
  6. June 22- July 10 (18 days)
  7. July 27- August 14 (18 days)
  8. August 17- September 4 (18 days)
  9. September 14- October 2 (18 days)
  10. October 27- November 20 (18 days)
  11. December 1- 18 (18 days)

2021 RESIDENCY SESSIONS

1: January 4-January 29 (25 days)  

2: February 1-February   26 (25 days)   

3: March 1-March 21   (18 days)   

4: March 29-April 16   (18 days)  

5: May 3-21 (18 days)   

6: June 21-July 9 (18   days)  

7: July 26-August 13   (18 days)   

8: August 16-September   3(18 days)   

9: September 6-October   1 (25 days)

10: October 25-November 19 (25 days)    

11: November 29-December 17 (18 days)


Scheduling Criteria 

1. Must arrive on Monday and depart on a Friday, Saturday 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.

Please note, Ragdale can only send letters of acceptance if we are able to offer a Creative Sabbatical. Your application will remain on file. If you would like to update your availability to continue to be considered past the availability listed in your submitted application please contact Amy Sinclair amy@ragdale.org.


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