Blue Star Berlin Residency Program Accepting Applications

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2013-2014 Berlin Residency Program participants (from left) Ricky Armendariz, Karen Mahaffy, Vincent Valdez and Cathy Cunningham-Little. Photo courtesy of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

2013-2014 Berlin Residency Program participants (from left) Ricky Armendariz, Karen Mahaffy, Vincent Valdez and Cathy Cunningham-Little. Photo courtesy of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum is seeking proposals from artists living and working in Bexar County for three-month residencies in Berlin, Germany. We are pleased to continue this program after an astoundingly successful inaugural year. In partnership with Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Blue Star annually awards four artists the opportunity to live and conduct their studio practice in one of the world’s most significant art centers, Berlin, Germany.

Street view of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Photo courtesy of Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Street view of the Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Photo courtesy of Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

The artists will be selected by a jury to participate based on their application consisting of a CV, letter of intent, and portfolio.

"This residency has been by far, one of the most important residencies/trips that I have had in my career," said local artist Vincent Valdez, who returned from his residency in April 2014. "Berlin has been an instant influence in terms of evaluating the role that my work plays in a new and foreign environment."

Inside the shared studio. courtesy of Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Inside a shared studio. Photo courtesy of Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Künstlerhaus Bethanien is a non-profit organization that has earned a worldwide reputation for its international residency studio program.  The residency includes a $2,000 travel stipend. Künstlerhaus Bethanien provides studio and living space with access to a common area, Internet connection, laundry facilities, and various workshops.

The 2014-2015 Residency cycles run from July 15, 2014 to October 8, 2014; October 15, 2014 to January 8, 2015; January 15, 2015 to April 8, 2015; and April 15, 2015 to July 8, 2015. Applicants must be able to attend during these dates but may select their preferences in the application.

The open call period for the 2014-2015 residency program began May 15 and will close on  June 2. Apply via Slideroom by clicking here. Information regarding eligibility and guidelines can be found at www.bluestarart.org/international.

Artist studio and living space at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Photo courtesy of Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Artist studio and living space at Künstlerhaus Bethanien. Photo courtesy of Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Following the completion of the final artist residency, an exhibition of artworks made during the residency will occur in March 2016, at Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

"This was a window of opportunity to expand beyond my normal parameters of work. I feel that learning about the history and culture of Berlin was an immeasurable gift and just as important as working within the studio," said Cathy Cunningham Little, who returned from her residency in January.

Inside the studio. Photo courtesy of Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

Künstlerhaus Bethanien workspace. Photo courtesy of Künstlerhaus Bethanien.

The Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program is made possible in part through the support of City of San Antonio’s Department of Culture and Creative Development; Guillermo Nicolas; Ruth Chang and Randall Nadeau, and Ann and Bill FitzGibbons.

"In short, this was an amazing trip – a life-changing experience because of my exposure to the mix of cultures, art and architecture in a very dynamic city. I had the time to experiment and produce a small body of work." said local artist Ricky Armendariz, who traveled to Germany last year through the program.

Blue Star Contemporary is currently the only US institution partnered with Künstlerhaus Bethanien.  This is a phenomenal opportunity for San Antonio artists and the city itself. Are you not an artist but still really excited about the Berlin Residency Program? Sponsor opportunities are available. Contact us at 210-227-6960 or jack@bluestarart.org

*Featured/top image: 2013-2014 Berlin Residency Program participants (from left) Ricky Armendariz, Karen Mahaffy, Vincent Valdez and Cathy Cunningham-Little. Photo courtesy of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.

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