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.

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APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION DEADLINES
For an 18- or 25-day residency in 2019, apply by 11:59 PM CST May 15, 2018.

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, 2018.              *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, 2018: Residency Application Deadline
June 1, 2018: Reference Letters Deadline
Mid-August, 2018: Residency Notification

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



This application is exclusively for the Alice Judson Hayes Writing Fellowship. Applicants interested in applying for 2019 residency opportunities must also apply under the "2019 Residencies" category.

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, 2018. 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 August 2018, with the residency taking place during 2019. 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION DEADLINES

For an 18- or 25-day fellowship in 2019, apply by 11:59 PM CST May 15, 2018.

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, 2018.
  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 Hayes' 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 approximately three months after the application deadline, approximately mid-August.


TIMELINE

May 15, 2018: Residency Application Deadline 

June 1, 2018: Reference Letters Deadline

Mid-August, 2018: Residency Notification 


QUESTIONS?

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



CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Ragdale Foundation and the Morrison-Shearer Foundation are pleased to announce a fellowship opportunity for dancemakers. This fellowship opportunity will support an individual choreographer and/or dance artist by offering an 18- to 25-day residency at Ragdale along with a cash stipend of $500, the creation of a brief video documentary/interview, and the presentation of a public program. The residency may be awarded to a collaborative duo if they share a live/work studio.
 

TIMELINE

Application deadline: May 15, 11:59 PM, 2018

Reference Letter deadline: June 1, 11:59 PM, 2018

Notification: June 1, 2018

 
EVALUATION
Applications are reviewed by Ragdale’s Curatorial Board and staff as well as Morrison-Shearer Foundation Trustees. We seek applicants who are pursuing new creativity in dance and movement. This may include both emerging and established practitioners. 

Evaluations of work are based on the following criteria:
• Work sample and statement show evidence of original, inventive and exciting new work.
• Work sample demonstrates quality, technical proficiency, and is professionally presented.
• 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.
• Work plan demonstrates that the artist will maximize the benefits of a fellowship at Ragdale
• References reflect the artist’s ability to work well in an artist community.
 
Residency Dates: Session 12 November 26-December 14, 2018 (18 days) or other dates mutually agreed upon.


ABOUT US
The Ragdale Foundation provides more than 150 residencies and fellowships annually to creative professionals of all types, making the historic retreat one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country. Each session, 13 artists-in-residence experience uninterrupted time for dedicated work on a 5-acre historic campus beside a beautiful 50-acre prairie, 30 miles north of Chicago. With live/work studios, all meals provided, and unmatched staff support, Ragdale lets artists focus on what’s most important: creating new work. 

The Morrison-Shearer Foundation The Morrison-Shearer Foundation was founded by two-remarkable women, each an artist in her own field. The idea originated in the early 1980s when noted photographer Helen Balfour Morrison (1901-1984) and internationally-renowned modern dancer-choreographer Sybil Shearer (1912-2005) conceived a plan to perpetuate the legacy of their forty-year artistic collaboration as an inspiration to others. Their shared vision was realized in 1991 when Shearer formally established the Foundation.
 
Today the Foundation is moving the legacy forward by archiving and making accessible its visual and documentary collections; providing grants in support of new creativity in the arts, especially dance; offering exhibitions, publications, and public programs; and sharing information electronically. A current priority is to complete the publication of Sybil Shearer’s three-volume autobiography, Without Wings the Way is Steep.

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

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.

2018 RESIDENCY SESSIONS

  1. January 8-26 (18 days)
  2. January 29- February 23 (25 days)
  3. February 26-March 16 (18 days)
  4. March 26-April 20 (25 days)
  5. May 7-25 (18 days)
  6. May 28- June 15 (Ragdale Ring Residency, closed to residents)
  7. June 25- July 20 (25 days)
  8. July 30-August 17 (18 days)
  9. August 20- September 7 (18 days)
  10. September 10- October 5 (25 days)
  11. October 29- November 17 (18 days)
  12. November 26- December 14 (18 days)
2019 RESIDENCY SESSIONS
  1. January 7-February 1 (25 days)
  2. February 4- March 1(25 days)
  3. March 4-29 (25 days)
  4. April 1-19 (18 days)
  5. May 27-June 14 (Ragdale Ring Residency, closed to residents)
  6. June 24-July 12 (18 days)
  7. July 22-August 2 (18 days)
  8. August 5-23 (18 days)
  9. September 9-October 4(25 days)
  10. October 28-November 22(25 days)
  11. December 2-20 (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.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION DEADLINES
For an 3-7 day residency in 2019 for a collaborative group of 3-13 artists, apply by May 15, 2018

ELIGIBILITY
Ragdale hosts nearly 200 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, 2018. 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 mid- August, 2018.

FEES

A $35 daily fee applies to each overnight participant (meals and private room provided).

A $25 daily fee applies to each daytime participant (meals provided).

QUESTIONS?

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


TIMELINE

May 15, 2018: Residency Application Deadline 
June 1, 2018: Reference Letters Deadline
Mid August, 2018: Residency Notification