Residency FAQs

A brief list of questions that are often asked regarding IEA residencies, and their answers:

Q: Are my travel expenses covered?

A: Yes, to a certain extent. For our New York State residency programs we budget $150 per residency for travel. This is the cost of a round-trip bus ticket from New York City to Alfred. Unless otherwise noted, we can not provide funds over this amount, however we will contribute up to this amount towards travel expenses exceeding $150. We cannot apply the difference of the $150 travel expenses to your stipend if your travel comes under $150.

For nationwide and international residency programs, we budget funds based on a grant and case basis.

Q: I am part of an artist duo/team/group, can we apply as a group?

A: Yes. Please submit contact information and a resume for each person in the group. Please only submit one project proposal, and if you often work as a team then you only need to submit one artist statement to represent the group as well.

For groups larger than two we may need to work out covering lodging, which we address on a case-by-case basis.

Q: Are there any facilities for child care?

A: There is no child care facilities at the IEA or in the town of Alfred. It is strongly advised that you find a sitter for your children in your hometown.

Q: I am a student enrolled in a BFA or MFA program. Can I apply?

A: No, we unfortunately cannot accept applications from students who will be enrolled in any school during the residency period.

Q: My primary practice is not in electronic art, can I apply if I have a project which would involve electronic art facilities?

A: Yes, we encourage experimental practices and enjoy having artists outside of the fields of electronic arts. Additionally, we enjoy working with scientists and other researchers who feel they can use our facilities to advance their research and would also like to experiment in art making. Our technical staff will assist you in using our tools to produce your work.

With that said, we do not operate as a service bureau. Applications simply requesting access to make prints of paintings and photos will typically be rejected. We like to support work which uses out facilities in dynamic ways, working across multiple processes to produce unique material or resources that one would not be able to achieve by simply visiting a printing press.

Q: What can I do to increase my chances of being selected?

A: While there is no secret thing to increase your chances of being selected, following the call requests is very helpful. Carefully read the call and what it is asking for, and be sure to double check that you are submitting everything that the call asks for in your application. This includes your name, address, and phone number (and, if you are submitting as a group, this information is necessary for each member of the group). An application cannot be considered complete without this information.

Additionally, please submit your resumé, artist statement, and project proposal with your application as separate .PDF files. If you combine them it simply means we have to take the .PDF apart on this end, which can be frustrating.

If you are sending images with your application, please be sure they are formatted properly and do not neglect to include the requested thumbnail sheet, as this is helpful during the review process for quickly referencing the slides you sent in. Do not combine your images into a .PDF document. Again, it simply means we have to extract the images from the .PDF, which can be frustrating.

If you are sending video or sound pieces and are sending links to their locations online, please include these links in the body of your e-mail. This makes them easier to find and add to your application folder., a popular media hosting website, has a feature which enables you to password protect your video files so that people without the password cannot view them. Unless you feel it is absolutely necessary, please do not use this feature, as having to input the password interrupts the flow of the review process. If you do feel your work needs to be password protected, do not neglect to send us the password for the media.

Please understand that we are reviewing upwards of 100 applications per residency call. The smoother and easier you can make the review process for us, by submitting everything properly and not causing us to have to chase you down to get that file or bit of information you forgot, the more positively we will remember your name during the review process.

Q: I noticed the IEA is affiliated with the School of Art and Design of the NYSCC at Alfred University. Do I have to include any interaction with the students in my project? Am I allowed to do so?

A: A residency at the IEA does not obligate you to have any interaction with the students of the NYSCC. However, if you would like to we would be delighted and would be happy to try and facilitate what you would like to do. In the past artists have done lectures and shown their work, visited classes and held discussions, and have even designed projects to work with the students during their residency.

Please note that a promise to interact with students does not increase one’s chances of having their project chosen during the selection process of the call.

Q: I have had a residency at the IEA in the past, am I allowed to apply again for the current call for applications?

A: Yes. The IEA strives to bring in new and fresh artists with every call. With that said, the IEA is constantly changing, adding new equipment, software, tools, etc. and we also know that artists who have had residencies in the past are also constantly changing, gaining new ideas, adding new skills to their skill set, the list goes on. It is always exciting to work with our past artists who come with new ideas and new projects.

Q: I am an artist living outside of the areas your current call(s) specifies in the outline. Can I still apply?

A: While we would love to have artists from all over the world, our current funding specifies which artists the money can be used to support, specifically by geography. We encourage you to look for opportunities locally as well as keeping an eye on our website, as an opportunity could open up in the future that you could apply for.

If you have a project that you strongly feel would not be possible outside of the IEA and see no other way to do it, you are welcome to submit a project proposal and we will try to take a look at it and see what we can do, but please realize we are restricted as to how our funds can be spent to some degree.

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