Berlin Residency Open Call for Bexar County Artists Application Period is now open til February 15, 2019.
Blue Star Contemporary seeks applications from artists living and working in Bexar County for three-month residencies in Berlin, Germany.This is the seventh year in partnership with Künstlerhaus Bethanien who awards four artists annually the opportunity to live and conduct their studio practice in one of the world’s most significant art centers, Berlin, Germany.
The four residency cycles are July 15 – October 8; October 15- January 8; January 15 – April 8; April 15 – July 8. Applicants must be able to attend during any of these time periods. Artists should not apply if their schedule does not allow them the flexibility to attend during any of these time periods and/or for the duration of the residency.
Blue Star Contemporary offers artists exclusive access to the Künstlerhaus Bethanien’s renowned international residency program, where our artists are often the only US representatives. This opportunity is only available to Bexar County artists. Applications are juried by a diverse panel which changes every year. BSC covers costs of all program fees associated with residency: studio and living space, inclusion in the internationally-distributed BE magazine, curatorial visits, workshop access, etc., in addition to a travel stipend for airfare. Each selected artist will participate in a public program following the completion of the residency.
Four artists will be selected by a jury to participate in the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program, based on their application consisting of a CV, letter of intent, letter of recommendation, and portfolio.
Interested in learning more about the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program? Is it the next step in your artistic career?
Join BLue Star Contemporary for a Berlin Info Session and Workshop, on First Friday, January 4th, 2019 starting at 5 pm. This is your chance to learn more about the application process, the requirements and expectations of artists, and opportunities both while in residence and upon your return to San Antonio. Get all of your questions answered before you submit your application.
Program alumni, Joey Fauerso and Leigh Anne Lester, will answer questions and discuss things like:
•Their approach to application processes
•How/where they hear about opportunities
•How long applications take
•Did they think they’d get it
•Show you a few of their successful applications
•And give their insight on being awarding opportunities, including the BSC Berlin Residency.

In addition, BSC’s Curator and Exhibitions Manager, Jacqueline Saragoza McGilvray, will talk about the jurying process, what BSC looks for in an application, and why BSC chooses to engage a panel of jurors for this opportunity. She will also discuss how the application process works, examples of standout applications, and common pitfalls form an organizational perspective.
Together the group will workshop writing a letter of intent for the Berlin Residency and participants will give one another feedback.
And of course, you can ask lots and lots of questions. Light snacks and refreshment provided.