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Visiting Artist Call for Proposals

The Blake School welcomes proposals for its 2019-20 McGuire Visiting Artist residency. Established in 1993 by Dr. Bill and Nadine McGuire, the biennial program funds a visual artist-in-residence who collaborates with faculty and students in grades K through 12. The residency allows the Blake community to learn from the artist's unique talents, experiences and approaches to creating art, learning and teaching. The Blake School can also host an exhibit of works by the artist-in-residence in the Martha Bennett Gallery, Upper School campus.

The program seeks to enrich Blake's visual arts curriculum by providing an experience not otherwise available in our visual arts programs and offering opportunities for the visiting artist to work with the Blake community. The program creates a thematic link between our Lower, Middle and Upper School campuses (which are geographically separate) and culminates with a showing of work from the residency.

Program guidelines:
The program's structure is flexible, with schedule, theme and components to be developed together by the artist and Blake's visual arts faculty. Minimum residency length is two weeks. The residency will be scheduled between October 2019 and April 2020.

Our most successful visiting artists have:
• brought the community together around art by bringing the art outside the classroom
• provided a hands-on experience different than our usual art curriculum
• provided an experience that was open to students of any experience level
• added cultural diversity and intercultural skills to our arts programs
• a good sense of classroom management

Proposals should take into account age-appropriate activities for multiple school divisions:
• Lower School (Wayzata): grades K-5
• Lower School (Hopkins): grades K-5
• Middle School (Hopkins): grades 6-8
• Upper School (Minneapolis): grades 9-12

This article about our 2015-2016 McGuire Visiting Artist, provides an example of the scope and impact of prior visiting artists.

A stipend is provided as compensation for the artist's time and to cover the costs of material and exhibition of the work.

Proposal guidelines:
Deadline for proposals is Monday, April 1, 2019. Proposals should include the following:
• résumé
• program proposal
• description of previous work with K-12 students
• proposed budget (budget for both materials and stipend varies annually but typically ranges between $5,000 to $8,000)
• digital examples of work
• reference list

Proposals should be submitted electronically to Jay Broeker, PK-12 director of visual and performing arts, at no later than Monday, April 1.