Applications for 2018 Residency; APPLY NOW!

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Studios Inc is pleased to announce that studio(s) will become available in the beginning of 2018.  Applications are currently being solicited at www.studiosinc.org; materials must be received no later than 3PM on 9.16.17.

Aimed exclusively at mid-career artists, this three-year, free-of-cost program isn’t just about creating a body of work. We augment our resident’s portfolio with both connections intra-program and to the community itself. As our residents build their physical body of work, we work to help them foster relationships with collectors, patrons, and art professionals in the creative community.

Studios Inc provides a three-year residency to competitively selected mid-career artists intent on (more…)

Exhibition Series

Exhibition
Series

Exhibition Overview

Exhibitions at the Studios are highly publicized and are the most popular in the area. Studios Inc exhibits work from its resident artists five times a year. Each five-week exhibition opens with a Friday night reception and an artist talk the following Saturday. All receptions are on the first evening of the show. Subscribe to Studios News to get updates!

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Studios Inc has multiple partnerships spaces in our large facility

Partnerships

The continuation and quality of Studio Inc’s residency program is the paramount concern when dealing with the long-term sustainability of our organization. Because of the nature of Studios Inc, and its commitment to mid-career artists, the diversification of the SI program’s revenue stream is the keystone to a long-lasting and career-changing experience for our future and current residents. By engaging Kansas City, Studios Inc has become an enclave for fine arts and a name synonymous with diverse, artistic ideas. Interested in our Partnership Program? Email us!

Cosmic Cowboy - ___ Level Sponsor

Studios Inc is proud to have Cosmic Cowboy as part of our Partnership Program. Cosmic Cowboy is an Indie Music and Independent Film Studio that provides additional creative outlets to residents.

Torn Label Brewing Co. - ___ Level Donor

Torn Label Brewing Company brews enticing, adventurous beer. Their collection of well-crafted beer attracts craft beer novices and aficionados, raising awareness for the creativity of residents and the surrounding neighborhood.

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We have multiple internships available every semester

Internship

Internship
Program

No making coffee, no filing, and no busy work — this internship is designed with you, for you.

Internships Program Description

 

Studios Inc will collaborate with the candidate and academic institution to create a fun, resume-building experience. Your abilities, interests, and availability will shape specific duties. Interns will interact with business and visual art community leaders who offer a valuable network for career development. This is a volunteer position if it fulfills an academic requirement. Internships are tailored to the needs of the program and the creativity of the participant. Email to apply today!

Internships Available

Organizational Support

  • Administrative Intern
  • Marketing/Program Development Intern

Communications

  • Social Networking/Blog Development Intern
  • Digital Media Intern
  • Editing and Content Management Intern
  • Photo/Video Intern

Program Support

  • Exhibition Intern
  • studios.gallery Intern

Internal Relationships

Reports to and primarily works with Studios Director. Additional interaction includes communications with resident artists and volunteer staff.

Length of Service

Minimum of 3 months with option to continue.

Application Process

Please contact us by email to begin the process. We will request a resume and schedule an interview to discuss specifics related to goals, skills, and availability.

Time Commitment

Negotiable with a requested minimum 10 hours per week.

The exhibition internship at Studios Inc taught me how to present myself professionally in the Kansas City art scene. Prior to this experience, my interaction had been with mostly students and faculty. During my time at Studios Inc, I had the opportunity to meet some of Kansas City’s best artists, viewing their work and discussing their process. I not only learned the technicalities of working in a gallery and artist residency program, but the qualities necessary to be successful at whatever future artistic endeavor I choose. Under the direction of Colby K Smith, I learned the importance of first impressions, attention to detail, networking and above all, always taking full advantage of any opportunity and always rising to any challenge. I’ve had many great experiences during my college career, but I am especially grateful for the opportunity to work with and learn from Colby K Smith.

Molly Garrett, Exhibition Intern

Want to talk?

Colby K Smith
info@studiosinc.org
(816) 994-7134

Donors

Donors

Donors

Thank You

We couldn’t do it without you. We firmly believe that to build the arts in Kansas City, we must partner with those who share a passion for the vibrancy of our city. We couldn’t be more proud of the path we’ve charted because of the support from donors like you. A great deal of satisfaction comes from seeing the progress we have made to a community we love –– one which we’re devoted to improving every day. Because of our donors, it’s been possible for us to raise the profile of the arts in KC and we will continue to extend the reach of KC art outside of our community. We’re excited to continue partnering with visionaries like you. Together, we will continue building a brighter future for our creative community and our beloved city.

Avid Communications

Avid Communications - ___ Level Sponsor

Torn Label Brewing Co.

Torn Label Brewing Co. - ___ Level Donor

Chad Troutwine

ArtsKC

ArtsKC - ___ Level Donor

Cushman & Wakefield

Cushman & Wakefield - ___ Level Donor

Dr. Benjamin Meade

Cosmic Cowboy - ___ Level Sponsor

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Your
Passions

Take Action

Supporting art is just as important as creating it. Together, we will continue building a brighter future for our creative community and our beloved city. Join us.

Think you got what it takes to hang your work? Apply for the Studios Inc exclusive residency program

Residency Application

Residency Application

Important Information

Important Information:  SAVE YOUR INFORMATION in a separate word document in addition to submitting application!  Currently there is an issue with some applications not uploading;  if you do not receive a confirmation that says “your message was sent…” at bottom of page in blue directly under the send button then the application did not upload.  If that happens email the information to director@thestudiosinc.org in the form of a word doc (not pdf).  Cut and paste the questions from the application and insure your response does note exceed the character count (not word count). 

Studios will become available at the beginning of 2018. We will accept applications until 9/16/2017 at 3PM.

PLEASE read & understand everything BEFORE completing application and uploading files! 

You may upload your files and complete your Studio Application below…

  • IMPORTANT: Upload exactly 10 images of work completed with in the last two years (files should be named LastnameFirstnameXX.jpg — for example: SmithJohn01.jpg — numbered in the order they should be shown to the jury — should be less than 2 mb per file and between 800 and 1200 pixels in the long dimension). File extensions allowed: jpg   jpeg   wmv   mpg   mpeg   png
  • If necessary, video or audio files too large to upload (nothing longer than 2 minutes, please!) can be written to CD or DVD and dropped off at our office or mailed to:
    Studios Inc
    Colby K Smith, Director 816-994-7134
    1708 Campbell
    Kansas City MO 64108
    Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm
  • Do not submit original copies of information — they will not be returned to you!!
  • After uploading your 10 files, please complete and submit the application form below.

File Upload

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Remember:

  • LastnameFirstnameXX.jpg
  • less than 2mb per file
  • between 800 and 1200 pixels in the long dimension
  • file extensions allowed:
    • jpg, jpeg, png, wmv, mpg, mpeg

2017 Studios Inc Residency Application





Characters remaining: 2500

An annotated IMAGE LIST of uploaded files (of work completed during past two years) that clearly indicates the uploaded filename, title, dimensions, materials, and date of each work. (2,500 max characters)


Characters remaining: 6000

A current resume or CV (6,000 max characters) *


Characters remaining: 1500

A statement of your interest in this opportunity (1,500 max characters). Include

  1. a description of your current career level
  2. your definition of the ideal “next level” for your career and how you plan to obtain this
  3. how you anticipate The Studios experience will impact your career objectives
  4. please do NOT include your financial situation, as this is not a need-based opportunity

Characters remaining: 1500

A short description of how you plan to use the space, with a brief description of the media and process you typically employ in making your work * (Max 1500 characters)

Residencies are open to all visual artists. Studios Inc does not discriminate on the basis of age, ethnicity, gender, economic or social standing, political or religious beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation, or artistic expression.

Support the artists of Studios Inc

Donate

Donate

Supporting art is just as important as
creating it.

Make an Impact

Creative communities are built by passionate people like you.

Studios Inc, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in the Greater Kansas City area. All donations are tax deductible.

Donate through our Paypal portal, or mail a check to the following address:

Studios Inc
1708 Campbell St.,
Kansas City, MO 64108

Donate Today

Your donation will transform the lives of artists and pave the way for a stronger creative community. Donate today.

Choose a Donation Level

DONATION LEVEL

Co-Patron

$2,500

  • Name & Company logo with link on our website
  • Receive an invitation for two to our annual Patron Party
  • Invitations to private preview receptions and events.
  • Private tour of the artist-in-residence studios and experience the creative process. Please call ahead to schedule a tour.
  • Admission to special events and programs including Gallery Talks & Open Studios
  • Email invitations to exhibitions

DONATION LEVEL

Patron

$5,000

  • Name and company logo visible during events
  • Receive 4 invitations to our annual Patron Party
  • Option to receive the gift of a work from artist
  • Cultivate relationships with the artists
  • Learn more about the creative process
  • Name & Company logo with link on our website
  • Receive an invitation for two to our annual Patron Party
  • Invitations to private preview receptions and events.
  • Private tour of the artist-in-residence studios and experience the creative process. Please call ahead to schedule a tour.
  • Admission to special events and programs including Gallery Talks & Open Studios
  • Email invitations to exhibitions

 

DONATION LEVEL

Exhibition Sponsor

$10,000

  • Use of exhibition space for a private event
  • Company name and logo visible throughout the duration of exhibitions
  • Name and company logo visible during events
  • Receive 4 invitations to our annual Patron Party
  • Option to receive the gift of a work from artist
  • Cultivate relationships with the artists
  • Learn more about the creative process
  • Name & Company logo with link on our website
  • Receive an invitation for two to our annual Patron Party
  • Invitations to private preview receptions and events.
  • Private tour of the artist-in-residence studios and experience the creative process. Please call ahead to schedule a tour.
  • Admission to special events and programs including Gallery Talks & Open Studios
  • Email invitations to exhibitions

DONATION LEVEL

Corporate Collector

$65,000

  • Comprehensive public relations campaign
  • One on one studios visits with each of our resident artists
  • Exhibition of the collection in our exhibition space along with private reception
  • Use of exhibition space for a private event
  • Company name and logo visible throughout the duration of exhibitions
  • Name and company logo visible during events
  • Receive 4 invitations to our annual Patron Party
  • Option to receive the gift of a work from artist
  • Cultivate relationships with the artists
  • Learn more about the creative process
  • Name & Company logo with link on our website
  • Receive an invitation for two to our annual Patron Party
  • Invitations to private preview receptions and events.
  • Private tour of the artist-in-residence studios and experience the creative process. Please call ahead to schedule a tour.
  • Admission to special events and programs including Gallery Talks & Open Studios
  • Email invitations to exhibitions

DONATION LEVEL

Benefactor

$1,000

  • Invitations to private preview receptions and events.
  • Private tour of the artist-in-residence studios and experience the creative process. Please call ahead to schedule tour.
  • Admission to special events including Gallery Talks and Open Studios.
  • Email invitations to exhibitions.

DONATION LEVEL

Friends of Studios

$500

  • Admission to special events and programs including Gallery Talks & Open Studios
  • Email invitations to exhibitions

DONATION LEVEL

Contributor

up to $499

  • Email invitations to exhibitions

Current Donors

In-Kind

  • Avid Communications
  • Barry Anderson
  • Sharla and James Reed
  • Rachel Scott
  • Abby Beckloff
  • Brad Satterwhite
  • Kanon and Rachael Cozad

$2,500 +

$5,000

$10,000 +

Be one of the lucky few selected for our renowned Artist-in-Residence Program

Residency Program

Residency Program

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Are you ready?

Aimed exclusively at mid-career artists, this three-year, free-of-cost program isn’t just about creating a body of work. We augment our resident’s portfolio with both connections intra-program and to the community itself. As our residents build their physical body of work, we work to help them foster relationships with collectors, patrons, and art professionals in the creative community.

Studios Inc is a welcome addition to the landscape of contemporary art practice. In the grand tradition of the non-profit studio and exhibition spaces of the 1960’s and 1970’s, it offers an alternative to artists in an art world increasingly dominated by a market mentality. It affords mid-career artists the most precious of gifts: the space and solitude necessary for the cultivation of serious art. – James Meyer, National Gallery of Art: Associate Curator of Modern Art

Is This You?

  • Have a strong desire to produce art
  • Maintain a strong studio presence
  • Create significant work
  • Focused on “next level” of professional achievement
  • Mid-career artist

Then you belong here with us. Apply now.

Benefits

  • Fenced-in lot available for outdoor installations, performances or workspace
  • Wood shop
  • Length of residency shall be for a period not to exceed 3 years.
  • Each resident artist is assigned a studio of between 750 and 3,000 square feet.
  • Each resident artist commits to a solo show in The Studios Inc Exhibition Space
  • Resident artists gain more public recognition for their work and broader access to collectors.
  • Resident artist’s work included in our annual exhibition.
  • The Studios Patron Program, provides the opportunity for a heightened level of dialogue between resident artist and patron through studio visits and exhibitions.  In addition to funding an artist’s studio, Patrons are encouraged to cultivate relationships with the artists to learn more about the creative process and to provide additional career advancement assistance.

Qualifications & Requirements

Qualifications

  • A willingness to support program objectives by maintaining a strong studio presence, maximizing use of available facilities to create significant work, contributing to a collegial creative atmosphere, and participating in studio community activities.
  • A strong desire to produce art as demonstrated by a solid track record.
  • A focus on his or her unique definition of their “next level” of professional achievement.
  • Must reside in the Greater Kansas City area (Jackson, Platte, and Clay counties in MO and Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas) now or be willing to relocate to live in the Kansas City area for the duration of the residency.  If applying as a non-resident, please include a short statement regarding of your intention to relocate to the area.
  • Must be a mid-career artist (an artist with at least seven years experience since undergraduate studies or professional equivalent).  Mid-career is a flexible category, defined partly by age, partly by time on the job, but they have one thing in common: their work has developed over time and maintained its presence for a number of years as evidenced by regional or national recognition through publication or public presentation. Beyond our quantitative measure of seven years experience after undergraduate studies, it is a qualitative measure where an artist has a body of work that has a fully developed language or style.

Requirements

  • Artists must sign an annual lease documenting their occupancy requirements.
  • Artists also provide all supplies, equipment, and insurance for their studio space.
  • Artists are asked to gift two significant works annually, which Studios uses to secure program funding through the Patron and studio.gallery programs.
  • Artists shall maintain residence in the Greater Kansas City area for the duration of their residency.
  • Artists must maintain a strong studio presence, maximizing use of available facilities to create significant work.

Application Process

Phase I

Studios Inc Director will submit the call for artists as per guidelines on the studiosinc.org website. The submission window will last for 30 Days. Studios Inc Director will screen the applications to ensure all meet the eligibility requirements for the program; those applications that do not will be set aside.

Phase II

Studios Inc Director will convene a Selection Panel. The Selection Panel will be comprised of seven (7) voting individuals; at least two (2) of whom will be female, with the Studios Inc Director serving as a non-voting facilitator and adviser.  The panel will be composed of:

  • Two (2) Studios Inc Board Members
  • Four (4) Invited members from the regional arts community
  • One (1) Existing Studios Inc. resident artist (preference to be given to an artist about to leave)

Prior to the meeting, Studios Inc Director will prepare copies of the qualified applications and will distribute those electronically to the Selection Panel at least one week prior to the initial selection meeting. The Selection Panel will then meet to review the proposals of the artists who have applied for membership in the program, and who meet all eligibility requirements. The panel will view images of the work submitted by the applicants and will conduct a frank and open discussion about each applicant, with the ultimate goal being to narrow the list of possible studio recipients to no less than twice the number of available open studios. For example, if there are two available studio slots for a given year, the Selection Panel will initially select no less than four finalists, but no more than three times the number of available studios. This will provide at least one primary recipient and one alternate for each available studio slot. At the end of this initial process, Studios Inc Director will notify the list of remaining applicants that they have been moved on to the second round of the process, and will also inform those not included.

Phase III

Studios Inc Director will arrange with the Selection Panel several times during the Phase where the Selection Panel can have a deeper dive with each finalist artist. The format will consist of a studio visit and formal presentation by each selected applicant. Alternatively, a selected artist can opt to make a formal presentation at the Studios Inc administrative offices. Regardless of method, these presentation or studio visits will last no longer than 30 minutes. The time frame for these presentations will be constrained, so the Selection Panel should be committed to devote two Saturdays to this process. The ultimate time commitment will be defined by the number of artists to present.

Phase IV

(within two weeks of conclusion of Phase III): The Selection Panel will reconvene to discuss the studio visits held during over the previous phase and to determine the final order of the applicants. Ideally, this Phase will occur immediately following the final artist presentations, but should be held absolutely no later than two weeks from the conclusion of the final presentations. The outcome of this meeting will be the formal selection of an artist for each available studio, plus an equal number of alternate artists in case the primary is unavailable to utilize the studio. Once these final selections are made, Studios Inc Director will notify both the selected artists and those not selected of the outcome of the selection process.

Studios Inc is unique in its approach to strengthen the artist community of Kansas City

Programs

About Studios Inc Programs

At Studios Inc, we know that art isn’t created in a vacuum; it’s born from experience. Since 2003, Studios Inc has been working tirelessly to provide artists the chance to grow, learn and expand on that experience.

Residency Program

Exhibitions, studio space, and life long connections.

Patron Program

Greater connections between patrons and artists.

Exhibition Series

Exhibits resident artist work to the public.

Internship Program

Immersive, fun, and custom-designed internship experience.

studios.gallery

A one-stop shop for KC’s greatest artists.

Partnership Spaces

We like visionaries. If you’ve got the drive, we’ve got the space.

RESIDENCY
PROGRAM

Aimed exclusively at mid-level artist, this isn’t just about creating a body of work (although that’s a big part of it). We’re trying to augment our resident’s portfolio with connections not only intra-program, but to the community itself. As our residents build their physical body of work, we work hard to help them foster relationships with collectors, patrons, and other art professionals in the Kansas City creative community.

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Kind-hearted Patrons

Patron Program

Patron Program

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Patron Program

The Patron Program matches patrons with artists to underwrite a year’s operating costs for their working studio space while in residence.

For a $5,000 donation, patrons play an imperative role in Studios Inc. They have the option to receive the gift of a work from the artist to add to their private collection or take a tax reduction for their contribution. The Patron Program also provides a heightened level of dialogue  between patron and artist. Patrons are encouraged to cultivate relationships with the artists to learn more about the creative process.

Benefits

Studios Inc believes supporting art is just as important as creating it. That’s why we deeply value our patrons and align with them to transform the lives of our artists. Our patrons are the foundation of a stronger, mutually supportive creative community. See how your patronage is the beginning of beautiful partnerships and opportunities.

  • Invitations to exhibitions and admission to special events
  • Name/Company logo with hyperlink on our website
  • Name/Company logo on exhibition signage
  • Pairing with a resident artist
  • One-on-one studios visits with your artist
  • Invitation for four to a private Patron Party

Your Participation

Studios Inc is building a community, and we want our Patrons to involve their own personal community with the arts. These are some of the ways that Studios Inc wants to help facilitate the relationship between our Patrons and Artists.

  • Send a request for periodic studio visits with the artist you are sponsoring
  • Request a time to invite friends and clients for a studio visit
  • Request a time to host a private showing with friends and clients when your sponsored artist has an exhibition
  • Subscribe to Studios Inc’s website to check out different blog posts that inform you of upcoming shows and what is going on in the artists’ studios
  • Add your friends, clients, or network of people interested in visual art to Studio Inc’s email list to keep them informed about what is happening at Studios Inc

Want to talk?

Colby K Smith
info@studiosinc.org
(816) 994-7134

Our studios.gallery space

studios.gallery

studios.gallery

When art succeeds,
we succeed.

Studios.gallery has been called a one-stop shop for KC’s greatest artists. The exhibition space in the Studios Inc facility hosts a large and varied collection of work donated by artists from our Residency Program. Because of the growing body of diverse work from Kansas City’s most prominent artists, studios.gallery engages all art communities as an arts-centric program which offers educational opportunities for casual art enthusiasts.

Because of our commitment to mid-career artists, the studios.gallery program places all proceeds directly back into our six programs. Our available collection of work allows Studios Inc to earn revenue to sustain our overall organization as well as our other community-based programs. All of the work purchased in our public gallery space is priced at a fair market value (and will stay that way). We respect our residents and work hard to ensure that their work is never devalued, and garners the acclaim that it deserves.

We know that when art succeeds, we succeed. We believe in supporting all galleries and always welcome collaborations to so collective local art and its surrounding communities will flourish.

Donate

Yes, your donation has an impact. Supporting art is just as important as creating it. Say yes to transforming the lives of artists. Yes, together we will pave the way for a stronger creative community. Donate today.

Want to talk?

Colby K Smith
info@studiosinc.org
(816) 994-7134