The Library’s Residency program is not just for visual artists. More information about the program is available at the bottom of this page.
The Library is partnering in 2018 with Embark Gallery to support the Gallery’s residency program in research-based arts practices. Each resident at Embark Gallery chooses a nonprofit organization as a partner in their research-based project at the heart of their residency. In 2018 the Library was chosen by Embark resident Tamara Porras to be her organizational partner in this program.
Monica Westin joined both the Guest Host and the Residency community in February 2018 with a Writers Residency that incorporates hosting public access some Saturdays starting in March.
Marshall Trammell continues.
Marie Martraire continues.
Our anchor artist/researcher for 2017–2018 is Marshall Trammell.
Dustin Mabry was a 2017 scholar in residence.
Sherri Wasserman, Fall, 2016, Artist
Sylvia Herbold, Summer, 2016, Artist
Louisa Penfold, Summer, 2015, Artist
Lucy Quinn, Spring, 2015, Artist
In 2014, Michael Swaine was a contributing artist: He created the Library’s Utopia chair.
Pierre Leguillon, Summer, 2010; Summer, 2011 (Residency sponsored by Kadist Foundation for the Arts)
Felicity Tayler, Spring 2011, Artist
Monty Cantsin, seasonal, 2009, 2010, 2011
In 2006, Vanessa Renwick was a contributing artist: She donated the artwork titled Patriot Act to the library, which is the neon “Free / Speech / Fear / Free” sign that hangs above the door. Patriot Act was originally commissioned of Renwick by the Reed College Library.
About the Residence Program:
The Library’s Residence program is open to anyone engaged in research-based projects for whom expanded access to the Library’s collection could make a major contribution to their work. While the program was originally developed to support visual artists, we also encourage inquiries from scholars, activists, poets, fiction writers, or anyone else in addition to visual artists. Residencies are offered based on a match between the expressed realm of inquiry and the particulars of the Library’s holdings, and also on the degree of match in time frames.
The Library can accept up to four Residents per year. We are actively fundraising to support stipends of $500 for Residents, with one stipend offered in 2015 and two offered in 2016. We hope to support up to four stipends in 2017. Stipends are offered on an as-available basis to Residents whose stays will span at least 7 days. To request more information or to inquire about a Residency please email the co-founders at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Library Residency” in the subject line and allow two weeks for a reply (as we all have other jobs). Please inquire at least three months before you would wish to visit.
Before writing a letter of inquiry, please note that residencies are offered based on a match between the expressed realm of inquiry and the particulars of the Library’s holdings. We find that this perspective bears repeating. The residency program emerged through our face-to-face process of discovery that some researchers’ realm of inquiry would obviously be served by expanded access (outside the public open hours). We welcome long-distance inquiries, but they should reflect an understanding of the Library’s holdings (gained from the website), and should express how the Library’s particular holdings would advance the researcher’s line of inquiry.