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.

APPLICATION GUIDELINES for HIGH SCHOOL ARTS WEEK 2019

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

High School Arts Week at Ragdale takes place July 15-19, 2019 and offers intensive workshops in creative writing, visual arts and performance.
APPLICATION DEADLINE
The deadline for high school students applying for all workshops is Friday, April 30, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Notifications will be received by the week of May 6.
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 Puppetry, 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 15-19 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 artist and puppeteer, K.T. Shivak, to combine aspects of theater and performance with hands-on experiences of building and animating characters out of traditional and non-traditional materials and props. The week will culminate with student-produced work(s) performed in the Ragdale Ring. 


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 Puppetry Intensive, please attach a performance resume that includes past performance experience of any kind and a 30-second to 1-minute video of the applicant in performance or examples of related 3D work submitted as images. 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 the week of May 6, 2019.
QUESTIONS?
For further assistance, please email Regin Igloria at regin@ragdale.org or phone 847.234.1063 ext. 26.

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APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION DEADLINES
For an 18- or 25-day residency in 2020, apply by 11:59 PM CST May 15, 2019.

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, 2019.              *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. 

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, 2019: Residency Application Deadline
June 1, 2019: Reference Letters Deadline
Mid-August, 2019: Residency Notification

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



APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION DEADLINES
For a 3-7 day residency in 2020 for a collaborative group of 3-13 artists, apply by May 15, 2019

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, 2019. 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 September, 2019.

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, 2019: Residency Application Deadline
June 1, 2019: Reference Letters Deadline
September 2019: Residency Notification


This application is exclusively for the Alice Judson Hayes Writing Fellowship. Applicants interested in applying for 2020 residency opportunities must also apply under the "2020 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 September 2019, with the residency taking place during 2020. 

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

APPLICATION DEADLINES

For an 18- or 25-day fellowship in 2020, apply by 11:59 PM CST May 15, 2019.

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, 2019.
  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 September.

TIMELINE

May 15, 2019: Residency Application Deadline 

June 1, 2019: Reference Letters Deadline

September, 2019: Residency Notification

QUESTIONS?

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



Call for Vietnamese Visual Artists and Writers to Apply for the Riedel Fellowship

The Ragdale Foundation and Loan and Norbert Riedel are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity for emerging Vietnamese visual artists and writers. This fellowship opportunity will support one visual artist or writer with an 18-day or 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. Presentation of a public program may include an artist talk, workshop, or other program and will take place within 18 months of the residency.

Application deadline: May 15, 11:59 PM CST, 2019 

Recommendation Letter deadline: June 1, 11:59 PM CST, 2019 

Notification: September 2019

Review: Ragdale’s Curatorial Board and staff review applications.

Eligibility:   One Riedel Fellowship is awarded annually. This opportunity is designed to support an emerging visual artist or writer who lives in Vietnam and/or identifies as Vietnamese. The fellow will be chosen on the merits of their work and their potential contribution to the Ragdale community. All artists of the Vietnamese diaspora and Vietnamese nationals are eligible to apply, first-time visitors to the US are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates whose work has the potential to find wider audiences in the US are encouraged. English must be at least conversational. 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 applying, 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.

Application: Must include a work sample, artist’s statement, resume, work plan and references.

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 résumé 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: option of 18- or 25- day session in 2020

For questions and assistance, contact Amy Sinclair at amy@ragdale.org or phone
847.234.1063, ext. 28.

The Ragdale Foundation provides nearly 200 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.

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Call for Latin American Visual Artist to Apply for the Schumann Fellowship

The Ragdale Foundation and Barbra Schumann are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity for emerging Latin American visual artists. This fellowship opportunity will support one visual artist with an 18-day or 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. Presentation of a public program may include an artist talk, workshop, or other program and will take place within 18 months of the residency.

Application deadline: May 15, 11:59 PM CST, 2019
Recommendation Letter deadline: June 1, 11:59 PM CST, 2019

Notification: September 2019

Review: Ragdale’s Curatorial Board and staff review applications.


Eligibility:  One Schumann Fellowship is awarded annually. This opportunity is designed to support an emerging visual artist who lives in Latin America and/or identifies as Latinx. The fellow will be chosen on the basis of their work and their potential contribution to the Ragdale community. First-time visitors to US encouraged. Candidate whose work has the potential to find a wider audience in the US encouraged. English must be at least conversational.  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.


Application: Must include a work sample, artist’s statement, resume, work plan and references.


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 résumé 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: option of 18- or 25- day session in 2020

For questions and assistance, contact Amy Sinclair at amy@ragdale.org or phone
847.234.1063, ext. 28.

The Ragdale Foundation provides nearly 200 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.

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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, 2019

Reference Letter deadline: June 1, 11:59 PM, 2019

Notification: June 1, 2019

 

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 10: October 28- November 22, 2019 (25 days), 11: December 2-20, 2019 (18 days), or other dates mutually agreed upon.



ABOUT US

The Ragdale Foundation provides nearly 200 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.

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)

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.


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