Submit your application and artwork proposal to be accepted as a PLAYGROUND DETROIT Artist-in-Residence at Spread Art Detroit's Residency Program located in Mexicantown.

Our mission is, To connect contemporary artists who represent Detroit’s talent in the visual art and music scene with exposure and collaboration opportunities in New York City, bridging the creative communities of Detroit and NYC. We help to provide artists and musicians from both cities opportunities to exchange ideas and dialogue about the roles these cities hold in the creative world.

PLAYGROUND DETROIT and Spread Art are teaming up to offer a one month-long New York artist residency program in Detroit, MI. At the end of the residency, the artist-in-residence will have a solo exhibit at the Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) or Whitdel Arts, dependent on the artist medium. The artist will then also participate in a group show during Bushwick Open Studios in Brooklyn, NY in early June 2013 for joint-exposure in both cities. As a part of the residency program, the artist will be asked to engage and give back to the Detroit community through a workshop with a local organization or youth group.

The NYC-DET Residency Program aims to generate and encourage exchange between local Detroit artists and artists from NYC, believing that this interaction is a unique way to gain new experiences in a different context, while encountering other view points and perspectives concerning contemporary art coming out of Detroit.

In addition to the exhibition opportunities in both Detroit and Brooklyn, the residency includes artist living arrangements at the Spread Art Residency House, use of Spread Art's 2500 sq ft Michigan Avenue facility, use of a bicycle, and access to transportation when required. The Michigan Avenue facility includes a ground floor 900 sq ft light filled multi-use space space with a full wall of mirrors and 20 ft ceilings. The downstairs development space is comprised of 1600 sq ft work studio. The artist will also be introduced to members of the local art community as well as the greater Detroit community, and be invited to various events, gallery openings, and exhibits during their stay. The residency program cost to the artist is travel/airfare between New York and Detroit, cost of materials for project, shipping of artwork between Detroit and Brooklyn, plus a $200 fee.

Key Dates:

Deadline for portfolio/CV submissions- *January 31 2013*

Mid-April- Mid-May 2013: Residency Program in Detroit, MI (Mexicantown)

Mid/late May 2013: Artist solo show in Detroit, MI, held at Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID) or Whitdel Arts

Early June 2013: Bushwick Open Studios Spread Art x PLAYGROUND DETROIT Summer Group Show, location TBA
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