Artist in Residence

The Artist in Residence program provides the opportunity for a local artist to develop artistic works and engage community members in dialogue, workshops, events and activities throughout the residency term.

The Artist in Residence Program

Purpose:

  • To provide space for emerging artists to nurture and develop their art
  • Support a collegial environment and new artistic talent
  • To provide instruction and mentorship to Portage College NAC students
  • To provide Portage College students with the opportunity to see the development of artistic vision and process through the body of work produced by the artist
  • To provide supplementary and adjunct perspective to both process and content in art media for NAC staff & students
  • To provide Portage College NAC students with the opportunity to attend workshops/lectures/demonstrations by the artist, to draw inspiration from the artist and to develop an understanding of work ethic and time management in the production of artwork
  • To promote Portage College NAC programs provincially, nationally and internationally through the display of artist's work and the promotion of the unique Aboriginal art programming and activities associated with both the residency and the programs

Length:

  • 16 weeks
  • Fall term (September to December) or Winter term (January to April)

Portage College will provide:

  • Dedicated space within the Portage College Lac La Biche campus to work including an easel, table & chairs
  • Access to studios
  • Access to library & internet privileges
  • Exhibition opportunity at the conclusion of the residency
  • Public lecture/presentation opportunity
  • Facilitate presentations or workshops at settlements, reserves and schools
  • Letter of support to pursue individual funding
  • Accommodations for one person plus a weekday meal card
  • A stipend which the artist is expected to use for weekend meals, art supplies, personal expenses and travel

Artist will:

  • Provide 3 workshops/lectures/demonstrations with NAC students; predetermined by NAC Coordinator, Dean , staff and the artist
  • Provide access for students & staff to view artist's work on a weekly basis and speak to the artist
  • Provide access to all work for use in promotion of Portage College programs including website promotion and display
  • Be focused and self-directed
  • Provide artwork, for public display within the Lac La Biche campus, on an ongoing basis during the residency
  • Create a body of work for an exhibition that will take place at the completion of the residency
  • Maintain regular studio hours comparable to Portage College NAC student timetables (hours)
  • Provide all supplies and materials for their artwork
  • Provide travel expenses to and from Portage College Lac La Biche campus
  • Provide, with facilitation through the NAC coordinator, a minimum of 3 workshops or presentations in area settlements and reserves
  • Provide, with facilitation through the NAC coordinator, a minimum of 2 presentations or workshops in local area schools
  • Donate one piece of art to funding sponsor (if applicable)
  • Sign a contract with Portage College which defines requirements and expectations

Who is Eligible?
Artists meeting all of the following criteria may apply:

  • Must be an emerging artist from any discipline (preference will be given to visual artists)
  • Must be a current practicing artist
  • Must have completed basic art training
  • Must be able to work in a self-directed and focused manner
  • Must have basic computer skills and knowledge

How to Apply?
Applications must be sent by email and include all of the following:

  • 10 images of work and an image list (images must be readable on a PC and in a suitable format (1024 x768) - doc, jpg or pdf
  • A letter of interest indicating artistic focus including artistic history.
  • A detailed plan of proposed focus and scope of work.
  • A current resume (3 pages max.)
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Two letters of reference

Email to: Donna Feledichuk

Past Artists in Residence

PhotoMegan Ostertag:

My artwork investigates the interaction of the basic elements of art, in particular, color and shape. I take my inspiration from the world around me and I am drawn to the simplicity of shapes like circles and rectangles. Everywhere we look there is an abundance of gadgets and products that are formed from simple shapes - circular objects like clocks and berries. How do these shapes affect us emotionally? How do they affect our artwork? In my artwork, I try to experiment with the idea of simple shapes and colors and how they are the foundation of our artwork. 


These simple shapes have a strong presence in my artwork although I also incorporate many recycled materials such as boxes, plastic lenses, used fabric material, and embroidery hoops. I enjoy the challenge for taking something old and disposable and turning it into artwork. I find it rewarding taking these materials and giving life back to them in an artistic way. I am constantly growing and experimenting as an artist and feel there is freedom in my expression of art using these discarded and disposable materials. 

ArtOcean Coral by Meghan - Donated to Portage College 2016

Art

Blue Boxes

Art

Pipes

Art

Blizzard

Art

Snow

Art

Explosion

Art

Organic Babies

Art

Parts

Art

Organic Growth

Painting

Footprint Impression

Art  Art

Wax Tree 1                              Wax Tree 2

Art

Masks

Art

Green Snake and Pupil

Art

Art

Green Boxes

Art

Fish Scale

Art

Mixed up

Art    Art

Triangle Animal 1                              Triangle Animal 2

Art

Mountain Side

Art

Pattern

Art

Boxes

Art

Collection

October 3 - Pakan School (Whitefish/Goodfish)
October 12 - Kikino Métis  Settlement School
 

October 19 - Elizabeth Métis Settlement School
October 20 - Legoff School
November 17-19 - IMPRESSIONS Art Show, St. Paul & District Arts Foundation
November 19 - The Home Schooler Children's Mask Workshop, St. Paul & District Arts Foundation
November 19 - Paper Folding Christmas Card Workshop, St. Paul & District Arts Foundation
December 1-2 - IMPRESSIONS Art Show, Portage College, Lac La Biche Campus

Photo

December 1 - Heart Lake Kohls School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 1 - Amisk Community School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 1 - Light of Christ Catholic School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 1 - Paper Folding Christmas Cards for Adults, Portage College, Lac La Biche Campus
December 2 - Ecole Plamondon School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 2 - Aurora Middle School, Tour of IMPRESSIONS Art Show & Workshop
December 3 - Mask Making for Children, Portage College, Lac La Biche Campus
December 16 - Paper Folding Christmas Cards for Native Arts & Culture students

PhotoAmber Weasel Head was our first "artist in residence" at Portage College. 

She is an alumni of the College and graciously agreed to return to work with students. Amber delivered workshops with Beaver Lake School and Goodfish School as well as working on projects along with Portage College students. 

Amber is an indigenous artist of Blackfoot and Bitterroot Salish and is originally from southern Alberta but has resided in Lac La Biche for several years. Art has become a way of healing for Amber, she has learned to express difficult emotions as well as overcome challenging situations through her artwork. 

She truly believes that "you can make art out of anything" and it has become such an important aspect in her life. Amber would like to pursue a career as an art therapist so she may help others heal and be able to fully express themselves in a constructive and healthy way just like she does.

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