Elizabeth: What I learned from spending a two week residency at VCCA (where I met Annette) and later going to a residency at Jentel on a cattle ranch in the wilds of Wyoming, was how different the experiences of residencies can be.
At VCCA, residents were arriving and leaving regularly, and meal time conversations were stimulating with a wide variety of artist companions, often followed by evening presentations. One night I might share a table with five writers of memoir and the next with a composer who performed jazz trombone and ukelele. We visited studio presentations with painters of cows, archways, installations, and mazes. Each day, I returned to my studio jazzed to research other people's suggestions, to read, and to plug away on my project.
|Houses and studios at Jentel in Wyoming.|
|Jentel in the snow.|
Clearly, residency programs have different flavors and styles. The trick is finding what programs seems like the right match for what you need.