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Molly Markow

Fall 2021 Residency & Mentorship Program

Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency introduces a new fall program “Longform,” which prioritizes multidisciplinary and slow learning.

Dates of Residency: September 15-October 5, 2021

Application Deadline: July 30th, 2021

Application can be found here:

The Program: Longform is a 3-week long, multi-layered residency and mentorship program that foregrounds experimental and continued education outside of traditional systems of learning. Artists’ growth is continual, essential, and happens at all stages of their careers. Longform provides time and space for artists from diverse backgrounds and points in their practice to grow conceptually, in material knowledge, and through intentional shared experiences that build relationships. At its foundation, Longform provides the support and structure needed for experimentation to flourish and reflection and learning to take hold.

Over the course of three weeks, residents will work with two core faculty Arnold J. Kemp and Erin Jane Nelson to have continued conversations, reading groups, and shared experiences as a cohort. Through mentorship the core faculty will work alongside residents and provide a strong foundation for experimentation. In addition, discipline specific and conceptual workshops will happen throughout the three weeks to introduce artists to new skills, ideas and materials. Residents will also have access to Ox-Bow’s studios (metals, ceramics, and print) and have the opportunity to work with and learn from our knowledgeable studio managers who are all working artists. Visiting Artists will be present each week to share their experiences and conduct studio visits and engage in conversation with residents. Confirmed faculty and visiting artists include: Indira Allegra, Sonnenzimmer (Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher), Faythe Levine, and Dan S Wang.

The Cohort: In this pilot year we will have a cohort of 20 residents. We are committed to creating an inclusive community with diverse perspectives to live, learn, and create alongside one another. Ox-Bow is a place that has thrived from intergenerational and interdisciplinary learning. The Longform is ideal for artists 21+ who have established a studio practice for 5+ years. A BFA or MFA is not required. The program is inspired by alternative learning models, low-res MFA programs and residency programs in order to create an intensive experience that both challenges and nurtures artists and their practices.

Experience: Longform is an intimate experience of Ox-Bow’s campus. Attendees enjoy private accommodations in winterized dorms, three healthy meals per day created by our talented kitchen staff under the direction of Culinary Director, Nicholas Jirasek, and access to specialized studios and equipment.

Cost & Funding: We want to build an intergenerational and interdisciplinary temporary community of artists which means providing sliding scale access to the program. Cost is inclusive of tuition, room and board and lab fees. When applying, please be mindful of your resources and select the tuition level that reflects your ability to pay. The pay-what-you-can model was created with the goal of “paying-it-forward” and helps support those artists with more limited resources. Artists who can use professional development funds from their institutions are encouraged to do so. At this time Ox-Bow is able to guarantee up to 5 fully funded participants; we hope to have more funding in the future. We do not require applicants to provide any documentation to prove their level of income to determine eligibility. We operate on a system of trust and ask that you self-evaluate your own financial need and your ability to pay for your participation. Visit our website for residency cost break downs and more information about how to apply for funding.

Learn more about the program, Longform, and Ox-Bow on our website:

For questions please contact our Assistant Director of Academic Programs, Maddie Reyna, at

Deadline: 07.29.2021
Name: Maddie Reyna
Address: 3435 Rupprecht Way, Saugatuck, MI 49453
Phone: 269-857-5811