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The Ridgefield Guild of Artists

Artist-in-Residence Opportunities


Three time frames:

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:59pm

Sunday, November 15, 2020 to Friday, January 22, 2021

Sunday, January 24, 2021 to Friday April 2, 2021

Sunday, April 4, 2021 to Friday June 11, 2021


About the Residency (AIR)

The Ridgefield Guild of Artists is pleased to offer a new artist-in-residence program available to three artists during three separate time frames. This is a juried opportunity. It is open to all visual artists – painting, mixed media, sculpture, pastels, photography, digital arts, etc.


The AIR studio is being offered for three time periods of 10 weeks each. The dates are:


  • 1st Residency period: Sunday, November 15, 2020 – Friday, January 22, 2021
  • 2nd Residency period: Sunday, January 24, 2021 – Friday, April 2, 2021
  • 3rd Residency period: Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Friday, June 11, 2021


The residency for each artist will culminate with a group AIR exhibition in the Guild’s gallery displaying the work they have created during their residencies. The two-week show will be held in late-June/early-July of 2021. This will be an opportunity to showcase your art and give an artist’s talk about your work and share how this AIR has influenced and progressed your artistic career.


The Juror

The Gallery Committee of the Ridgefield Guild of Artists will act as juror, working to select those artists it feels would most benefit from this experience. The Committee is an eclectic group of artists that are professional in all mediums. The selection will not be looking at any specific medium, style, or exhibition experience. The most important consideration is the dedication to making art and what the prospective artist sees as the result of this studio residency.



For this opportunity there are no restrictions on the type of media. We welcome any and all materials. It is our hope that this opportunity will inspire the entrants to broaden their craft, to create work that they may not have been able to in the spaces they currently occupy. We ask that no dangerous materials be brought into the studio, and that you maintain the studio in the condition it was when you started the residency. Selections are made based on the examples of work submitted by an artist, their CV/bio, their exhibition history, their statement of intent and a letter of reference.




Deadline to Apply Online through Entry Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 11:59pm

Notification of Accepted Artists: Friday, November 6, 2020 by 9pm

1st Residency period: Sunday, November 15, 2020 – Friday, January 22, 2021

2nd Residency period: Sunday, January 24, 2021 – Friday, April 2, 2021

3rd Residency period: Sunday, April 4, 2021 – Friday June 11, 2021

Opening Reception for group AIR show: Saturday, June 26, 2021 from 4-6pm

Closing: Sunday, July 11, 2021, 4pm


Online Submissions are through on the Guild website:

Fees are nonrefundable and payable to RGA.



Selected artists will be notified by email and by posting on the Guild website ( on Friday, November 6, 2020 by 9pm.



For each entry there is a flat non-refundable submission fee of $100 for members; $150 for non-members. All non-members are welcome to join the Guild before applying by calling the Guild at 203-438-8863 or visiting website at This submission fee is the only fee that will be collected; no other fees will be charged to selected artists.



  • All entrants must be 21 years of age or older.
  • You are applying to one of the three time slots and will be awarded only one time slot. You will be asked to select 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of time slots. You are not guaranteed your first choice, but we will try to accommodate your selection.
  • Upload 6 images of current work, or work that best represents the direction you expect the AIR to take you.
  • Upload a Word doc of your current CV/Bio.
  • Upload a Word doc of a Statement of Intent of no more than 250 words outlining how you expect the AIR to benefit your career and work.
  • Upload a letter of reference from someone who is familiar with your work and commitment as an artist.
  • Upload a Word doc of no more than 150 words telling how you plan to utilize the studio, including working times and materials that will be used and stored on site.


At the end of the AIR program, the Guild will offer a two-week group exhibition in the gallery with works produced during your residency with the opportunity to give a presentation to the public. After the group show, the AIR is over and the exhibition and studio must be returned to the same condition in which you received it.

Accepted artists agree to abide by, and will be required to sign, an AIR Rules Guide which will be given to you prior to occupying the space.


Basic Rules:

  • Artists may keep all their supplies and materials in the studio.
  • A key will be provided to you and the space will be yours during that time.
  • NO overnight occupancy of the studio is allowed and if found to be the case, will result in immediate removal from the facility and the AIR program. No entertaining or parties are allowed. A guest may visit your studio to view your art.
  • No hazardous materials will be allowed as part of the residency.
  • On final date of the residency, all artist supplies and materials must be removed from the premises and the studio must be vacated and cleaned thoroughly.


You will have access to a semiprivate restroom and kitchen facilities, which includes a refrigerator, microwave and sink. Free WiFi included.


Sales and Indemnity:

The following applies to the exhibition following the AIR periods.

Terms: 1) Sales Commission: 60% to artist, 40% to RGA. 2) The Ridgefield Guild of Artists (RGA) agrees to handle all exhibitors’ work with care and caution; however, RGA is not responsible for damage to or theft of any work brought for exhibit or left at the Guild after the duration of the show. 3). By submitting online, you agree to RGA’s terms and conditions, which is required for participation in an RGA exhibit. 4) Sale of any work that has hung in the gallery as a part of this exhibition must be processed through the Guild for a period of 60 days following the conclusion of the show if the buyer saw the work during the exhibition. 5) For a period of 60 days following the conclusion of the show, if an alternate work is commissioned based on seeing an artist’s piece during this exhibition, the sale should be processed through the Guild and a 20% commission will be applied.


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