Ends on May 15, 2018

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.


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

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

Notification: June 1, 2018

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.

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.

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