December 19, 2015

Call for applications: Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
Courtesy of MICA.

The Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists provides time for uninterrupted work in an inspiring and historic setting made unique by Brittany’s extraordinary light, distinctive landscape, and rich cultural traditions. The program awards successful applicants with free housing and with studio space in the village of Léhon. Residents are responsible for meals and incidental expenses. MICA charges no fees for application to or participation in the Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists.

The residency selection committee and program directors seek a total of six to 12 artists whose mix of media, approaches, styles, and focus will create a dynamic and collegial community. In particular, we are looking for artists who can use the specific character of our residency experience productively. The setting is perfect, for example, for en plein aire painters who will profit from their interaction with the light and landscape, but we encourage artists working in all media to submit applications that demonstrate how our residency will significantly enhance and strengthen their practice. The residency is open to all practicing non-student visual artists regardless of affiliation or citizenship. Artist couples are urged to apply.

The village of Léhon, which was built at the site of a strategic ford used by the Romans, bears the coveted distinction “Petite Cité de Caractère” and is graced by a medieval abbey and its gardens and guarded by the ruins of the oldest fortress in Brittany, depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry. Léhon has all of the important amenities of a French village (a café, a restaurant), as well as Brittany’s only heated outdoor public swimming pool. The village is a 20-minute leisurely walk to Dinan, itself a “Cité d’Art et d’Histoire” and a spectacular ancient walled town, and is close to Dinard, St. Malo, Mont Saint Michel, and Rennes. The beaches and fishing villages of the Emerald Coast are approximately 30 miles away.

Complete details are available at our website.

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