Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts solicits applications from professional visual
artists and arts writers for its new Art & Law Residency Program, the first
program of its kind.
Program dates: March 8 through August 30, 2010 (6 months)
Application deadline: Monday, February 22, 2010 (in-office receipt)
Notification: March 1, 2010
As legal and judicial issues now permeate every aspect of social, political and
cultural life, artistic production is no longer immune. The Art & Law Residency
provides an intellectual and artistic setting for participants to engage in ongoing
discussions and debates that examine the overlap and disconnect between
artistic production and the law from historical, social, ethical and intellectual
standpoints. Using law as both a discourse and medium, new visual artwork and
critical writing will come into being through the Program. All the participants will
also gain experience and knowledge they can carry into the future beyond the
The core of the Program will be semi-monthly Seminars directed at the
theoretical and critical examination of current art and law issues. Seminars will
take place at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster LLP. Faculty as well as leading
legal scholars and visiting artists will lead these Seminars. During the course of
the Program, artists and writers will develop new projects and papers and receive
support from Faculty on a regular basis to discuss and address the aesthetic,
practical, philosophical, legal and judicial aspects of their work. The Residency
will culminate in a public Exhibition and Symposium held at the Maccarone
Gallery in New York City where the participants will exhibit their projects and present papers.
Participants will be selected by Program Faculty on the strength of their
application and demonstrated potential for vigorous debate and group
discussion. Candidates should show promise for artistic and intellectual growth in
their own work during the course of the Residency as well as any possible
contribution their work and research may make to the field at large. Selected
participants will be notified by March 1, 2010.
How To Apply
Please submit all parts of the applications by mail or in-person by Monday,
February 22, 2010 (in-office receipt) to:
Art & Law Residency Program
1 East 53rd Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10022
1. Proposal: Please indicate if you would like to participate as a visual
artist or writer. The 250-word proposal should include a description of
your intended project or paper, related research and questions as well
as how the Program might benefit your investigation.
2. Resume or CV: Detailing most relevant accomplishments including
education, exhibitions, residencies, publications, awards. Please
include name, address, phone, email and website.
3. Two References: Including contact information
4. Work Sample:
• For visual artists: 15-20 images of recent work on DVD or CD, or up to
5-minutes of recent video on DVD. Save images as .jpg, 1000 x 1000
pixels at 72 dpi. Please include an image list detailing title, date,
materials, and dimensions or running times.
• For arts writers: Two recent writing samples, totaling no more than 20
pages, double spaced.
Other submission guidelines:
• Include your name on each page you submit.
• Do not submit original material, VHS tapes or 35 mm slides.
• Applications will not be returned.
• Late applications will not be considered.
Please note: There is no application form or application fee.
Application materials will be treated with care; however, the Program is not
responsible for their loss or damage. Please include a self-addressed stamped
envelope if you would like your DVD or CD returned. Additional materials will
not be returned.
About Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Since 1969, Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts has been the leading provider of
educational and legal services, advocacy and mediation to the arts community.
As the first arts-related legal aid organization, VLA is the model for similar
organizations around the world.
The VLA Art & Law Residency Program is made possible in part by a
generous grant from the Dedalus Foundation, and in-kind contributions
from Maccarone Gallery and Morrison & Foerster LLP.