Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA)

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA)
OMA occupies the venerable 1934 former City of Oceanside City Hall designed by pioneering San Diego architect Irving Gill and the Frederick Fisher designed Central Pavillion opened in 2008.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

OMA Launches Public Artist-In-Residency Programs with Exploring Engagement Grant

GREAT NEWS! Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) just received a $150,000 Exploring Engagement Grant from The James Irvine Foundation to launch a series of interactive and public artist-in-residency programs carried out in non-traditional off-site locations throughout San Diego, California with an emphasis in North County. This project will encourage risk-taking residencies by regional contemporary artists and/or artist collaboratives with high levels of public engagement and public art making. With this residency series OMA strives to blur the lines between art and life through the process of active participation vs. passive observation.

OMA’s Exploring Engagement Initiative will present five (5) artist-in-residencies rolled out individually/sequentially on a quarterly basis over approximately 15 months (from November 2013 through Spring 2015). The five projects will directly address the four key socio-economic factors that define Oceanside: military, beaches/tourism, retail, and transportation hub(s). In addition, one project is anticipated to connect these OMA/North County San Diego arts communities with the broader regional arts community in downtown San Diego. Each residency will involve risk-taking, interactive, participatory, art-making experiences that increase the public’s comfort level with art, specifically contemporary art. Technology will be utilized through the creation of an app that will track the project. Each artist will use the app to upload images and writing on their creative progress and promote events associated with the project, in addition to blogging and Facebooking through the entirety of the project. Video shorts will also be made to document projects and be uploaded for public viewing on YouTube and streamed in OMA’s lobby. 

OMA is currently accepting artist proposals for the inaugural residency project to be located in a retail shopping area in North County San Diego that will take place November/December 2013. This RFP is open to all visual artists and artist teams over the age of 18, who currently reside, work, or attend a university within 50 miles of San Diego County, California.

David Fobes and Jazmin Manriquez, Mindscape/Mindfill, an installation presented by 
Oceanside Museum of Art at Westfield Plaza Camino Real Shopping Center in Carlsbad, CA. 
Currently on view through September 2013.

Application Deadline: Applications must be received by Friday, September 6, 2013, 4:00 p.m. PST. No exceptions. 

Honorarium: Selected artist/artist team will be awarded $6,500 for their successful execution and completion of their selected artist residency project. This stipend must cover all costs for the artist including: artists time, materials, travel, labor, hired contractors [if any] and all other expenses to create the work and carry out the interactive public residency.

Additional Requirements for Participating Artists: The selected artist/artist team will be required to regularly manage and post on both a project blog and OMA’s Facebook page throughout their residency. Artists must be active participants in a minimum of one public educational program (i.e., lecture, panel discussion) presenting their project to an audience. Artists also agree to support all marketing and PR/media opportunities associated with the project including their participation in a documentary short covering the project.

OMA Exploring Engagement Application Guidelines and Specifications
Submission Requirements:
Artists may submit up to two projects for consideration. Proposals may be submitted by mail or by hand delivery (Must be received at OMA by 4 p.m. (PST) on Sept. 6, 2013) and must include the following:
1. Completed application form (see below)
2. Current Resume (limit two pages)
3. Letter of Interest briefly addressing how you will approach this residency project. This document should be no longer than one page (single spaced, 12 pt. font)
4. List of three professional references: please include names, address, phone number, and email for each individual
5. Project Proposal: Artists may submit up to two project proposals.
a. A written description of the project outlining the artwork created, the methods of public interaction, the methods of public interactive art making and the site you are interested in working at.
b. Visuals that demonstrate quality art making and past completed works. Please send 3-5 high resolution Jpeg images of past work. All images must be submitted in CD format.
6. (Optional) Visuals that further explain the proposed project. These can be hand rendered images, digital sketches or photo collages. Please send 3-5 high resolution Jpeg images. All images must be submitted in CD format.
7. Annotated Image List for all images on the submitted CD: Please include the artist’s name as a heading, the title of the work, medium, year created, size and a brief description of each image.

All CD’s must be labeled with the applicant’s names, contact information (telephone number and email address). Every image file must be titled with the following information:
Artists name, title of artwork and artwork number that matches the annotate image list.
Please do not submit paper materials in plastic covers, binders or folders.

Send All Materials to:
Exploring Engagement Residency Program
Attn: Tara Smith, Deputy Director
Oceanside Museum of Art
704 Pier View Way
Oceanside, CA 92054

For Additional Information:
Contact, Tara Smith, Deputy Director at Engagement@oma-online.org or call (760) 435-3726.

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