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201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

Thurber Park Artist Residency

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The City of Madison along with The Bubbler at Madison Public Library offers an exciting opportunity for an artist(s) to have an 11 month residency in a dedicated Thurber Park art studio. The artist or artist pair will get a free private art studio for 11 months, and the residency will culminate in a public art piece that is created during the residency. Additionally, the artist will run programs for the community, leading various workshops and open studio sessions for the public throughout their time as a residence.

The Thurber Park Artist-in-Residence is open to artists who will reside in Madison during the term of the residency (anticipated for September 1, 2019 - July 31, 2019). We will consider artists of all disciplines and mediums that can safely work in the structure and are an appropriate fit for a residential area. Artist pairs will also be considered. Each year there will be a new focused call, centered around the identified Public Art piece's location & purpose.

This year the Public Art piece will be envisioned and created for a location in the Darbo-Worthington neighborhood. A Rain Garden or Bioretention area near the intersection of Darbo Ave. and Starkweather Creek are the primary locations to be considered by any artist. There are also two canoe launches that could be tied into the project depending on the artist and concept presented (See map below for possible public art piece locations). When applying artists are welcome to mock-up a proposal for one particular area but this is not required.

Artists with an emphasis on sculptural work and experience working in and creating work for outdoor settings are encouraged to apply.

By activating this space, the Thurber Park Artist Residency will aim to give substantial support to an artist for 11 months, allowing them…

  • Funding, time, and space to further develop their own art practice

  • Intentionality around hands-on programming that will allow for a deeper connection to the neighborhood & strong community building opportunities

  • Guidance and funding towards developing and installing a public art piece in the Darbo-Worthington-Starkweather Neighborhood

$6,500 Artist Stipend for 11 months
FREE Studio and utilities covered (heat, water, electric)
$2,850 Materials Budget for community-focused programming & engagement
$18,400 Public Art Piece*
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$27,750 Total

(*mock up, materials, fabrication, and installation). The selected artist will create a budget plan around this amount which includes artists work time, materials, engineering, design, and sub-contracting

Application Deadline: June 24, 2019 by midnight CST (link to application below)
Residency anticipated from: September 1, 2019 - July 31, 2020

Interior photos were taken before basic construction began, currently in-progress: basic paint/flooring, lighting & accessibility at entrance(s) & bathroom.

More questions?
Email Trent Miller: tmiller@madisonpubliclibrary.org for questions around community connections and programming
Email Karin Wolf: kwolf@cityofmadison.com for questions about the public art piece component of the project


The Thurber Park Artists Residency is funded by the Madison Arts Commission through the City of Madison’s Municipal Arts Fund, Madison Community Foundation Field of Interest Funds, including the Kubly Fund for the Visual Arts, Perago Fund, EHC Nutrition Fund, and the SMS Fund, The Town of Blooming Grove, The Evjue Foundation, The Kohler Company, Elizabeth Cwik of BWZ Architects, & Murphy Electric LLC.