Collar Works is a non-profit art space located at 621 River St. in Troy, NY dedicated to supporting emerging and under represented artists, working in any media, exhibiting challenging and culturally relevant contemporary artworks. Striving to expand the current art vernacular in New York’s capital region, Collar Works provides a venue for community dialogue focused on serious, provocative and spirited artworks.

About The Residency

For more than two decades, Elizabeth Murray and her husband Bob Holman, together with their family, split their time between a TriBeCa loft and a classic farmhouse in Washington County, New York.  Murray, who passed away in 2007, was a groundbreaking artist. Her many honors include a Skowhegan Medal in Painting in 1986, a MacArthur “genius” grant in 1999, and a career retrospective at MoMA in 2005. Holman, a poet and arts activist, founded the Bowery Poetry Club in 2002 and produced the PBS series The United States of Poetry. In 2017, the Murray-Holman family reached out to Collar Works to design a summer residency program for visual artists. 

With its 77 acres of bucolic farmland, multiple bedrooms, common areas, and loft artist studios, the farm is an ideal residency location. For many years, the farm served as both a summer home for the Murray-Holmans and a creative retreat for Elizabeth, whose studio was located in the large, cathedral-like dairy barn. Given the history, location, and amenities, the family felt that the creative use of the property and its natural surroundings would carry on Murray’s legacy. In 2018, Collar Works launched the residency pilot program, hosting artists onsite in its innaugural year.

2019 Residency Information

Artists will be provided a private bedroom in the farmhouse and a semi-private studio in the same barn that Elizabeth worked in during summers with her family. Residencies are available for 2 or 4 week stays. The number of artists will vary depending on availability and scheduling. Property ammenities include a swimming pool, pond, and 77 acres. The cost to participate for accepted artists in the residency will be $100/week.  Developing a residency program that supports artists with families is a priority for Collar Works and the Murray-Holman family. Week 5 will be a 1 week Family Residency for up to 3 artists and their families. There is a communal nature to this residency, administrators and children may be onsite at times throughout the summer.

Residency Dates

June 30 - August 3, 2019.

Week 1 + 2: June 30 - July 13
Week 3 + 4: July 14 - 27
Week 5: July 28 - August 3 (Family Residency Week)

We are approaching the early years of the residency with much thought and care, to both provide unique opportunities for artists and gain the necessary feedback for the future development of the residency. We are hoping to include as many artists as we can host, but spaces are limited and dependent on scheduling.   

The early years of the residency program will be essential in setting the stage for longevity and continued growth. Artists will play a key role in having both the time to focus on their art, and the opportunity to work with Collar Works to brainstorm ideas and provide insight that will play an integral, strategic role in the future development of the residency.   

To submit your application of interest for the 2019 Summer Residency, please provide the following:

• Statement of Intent (250-500 words)
• Artist Statement (250 words)
• Artist Biography (250 words)
• 5 Images of Recent Works (file size: 150 ppi, 1200 pixals max length)
• Available Weeks
• Duration of Stay Request (2 or 4 weeks, 1 week family residency)

Acceptance Notification: April 1

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Artist + Curatorial Proposals – Ongoing Call

Emerging and underrepresented artists and curators, working in any media, exhibiting challenging and culturally relevant contemporary artworks are invited to submit artworks for consideration in exhibitions.  Both artists and individual curators interested in submitting curatorial proposals, must fill out a submission form and adhere to guidelines. Submissions will be reviewed on an ongoing basis by an exhibition committee of artists and arts professionals. 

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