“Like Water God Riding His Dragon” by 2020 Neon Museum Artist in Residence Victor Ehikhamenor
(Photo courtesy The Neon Museum)
THE NEON MUSEUM ANNOUNCES 2021 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE CALL FOR ENTRIES
Deadline for entry is Sunday, July 11, 2021
The Neon Museum announces a call for entries for its 2021 National Artist Residency. Now in its sixth year, The Neon Museum Artist Residency program is designed to expand the interpretive potential of the museum collection while providing a U.S.-based contemporary artist the opportunity to create new work in an unconventional setting.
The residency includes a public program to engage the community and museum visitors while providing exposure to new artists and a fresh perspective on the collection. The selected artist, working in the fields of digital, performance or visual arts, will be sponsored and supported by The Neon Museum.
During the winning candidate’s tenure in Las Vegas, the local community will have opportunities to engage with the artist and his/her work. Public programming includes an educational workshop, an artist talk at the beginning of the residency to introduce the artist’s work to the community, and a studio open house to showcase the final project inspired by the museum collection at the end of the residency.
The successful entrant will be selected based on demonstrated artistic excellence, clarity of residency goals, quality and benefit of proposed public program, and ability to complete the project within the residency schedule.
The 2021 residency program will span six weeks from Monday, October 25 to Sunday, December 5. The first two weeks will be conducted virtually and the final four weeks completed on location in Las Vegas. The Neon Museum will provide the selected candidate with:
- $2,500 stipend
- Up to $3,000 materials
- $800 travel allowance
- Living accommodations for four weeks at Juhl, a high-rise condominium tower in downtown Las Vegas
- A 1,000-square-foot studio space inside the museum’s 12,000-square-foot Ne10 Studio that is climate-controlled and has a ceiling height of 19 feet;
- Access to the museum’s sign collection and archives, marketing and publicity support, photographic documentation, and staffing to assist with administering the public programming.
Upon completion of the residency, the museum requests the artist contribute a mutually agreed-upon piece of art to the museum’s collection.
Eligible artists must live in the United States and work in the field of visual arts (including two- and three-dimensional work as well as digital and video art), performance or sound and be over the age of 18. Applications are due July 11, 2021 by 11.59 p.m. Click here for application instructions or email [email protected] for more information.
ABOUT THE NEON MUSEUM:
Founded in 1996, The Neon Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, studying, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts and cultural enrichment. It has been ranked No. 1 in Las Vegas Weekly’s list of “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of “Sin City’s Best Retro Sites” by MSN, “No. 1 Las Vegas Museum Sure to Entertain and Educate” by USA Today’s 10best.com, “One of the Top 10 Coolest Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do” by Forbes.com, one of the “Top 10 Historic Spots in Las Vegas” by Vegas.com; one of “15 Most Fascinating Museums in the U.S.” by VacationIdea.com; and earns a consistent 4.5 out of 5 rating on TripAdvisor. On its 2.27-acre campus, The Neon Museum houses an outdoor exhibition space known as the Neon Boneyard (“boneyard” is traditionally the name for an area where items no longer in use are stored); the North Gallery, home to the immersive audiovisual spectacle “Brilliant!” which uses technology advances to re-illuminate more than 40 non-operational signs; the new Boulevard Gallery outdoor exhibit and event space; and its visitors’ center, housed inside the former La Concha Motel lobby. The museum collection also includes nine restored signs installed as public art throughout downtown Las Vegas. Public education, outreach, research, archival preservation, and a grant-funded neon sign survey represent a selection of the museum’s ongoing projects. The museum is located at 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd. in Las Vegas. For more information, including tour schedules and tickets, visit www.neonmuseum.org. Also follow @NeonMuseum on Facebook and Twitter and @theneonmuseumlasvegas on Instagram.