Ragdale Residential Creative Fellowship

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, HRI and Ragdale are pleased to offer this summer fellowship opportunity at Ragdale for Illinois tenure-track and specialized faculty who hold full-time positions in Creative Writing, Art + Design, Music, Dance, Theatre, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. Tenure-line or full-time specialized creative practitioners in other related disciplines are also eligible to apply.

Ragdale is a non-profit artists' community in Lake Forest, Illinois (30 miles north of Chicago), that offers more than 150 residencies and fellowships annually. Ragdale is one of the largest interdisciplinary artists' communities in the country; each session provides 13 artists-in-residence with uninterrupted time for their work in a supportive environment that includes the historic Arts and Crafts-style home of architect Howard Van Doren Shaw, beautiful grounds, and a 50-acre prairie. Learn more about Ragdale.

Please note that 2021–22 marks the final year of HRI's Ragdale Fellowship.

Eligibility

Applicants must be tenure-track or specialized faculty who hold full-time positions in Creative Writing, Art + Design, Music, Dance, Theatre, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture. Tenure-line or full-time specialized faculty in other related disciplines who are creative practitioners are also eligible to apply.

Terms

Please note that 2021–22 marks the final year of HRI's Ragdale Fellowship. The information below is for reference.

This opportunity provides full funding for one summer fellowship in residence at Ragdale.

For these sessions, Ragdale can host a musician/composer who provides their own instruments, writer, or visual artist. The Fellow will be provided with accommodations on the Ragdale property, including a family-style dinner each evening. The Fellow will be responsible for their transportation costs and materials/supplies related to their work.

The HRI-Ragdale Fellow will be required to give one public presentation of his or her work within 18 months of the fellowship award (for example, a public reading, lecture, open studio, or similar type of presentation). The presentation will take place at Ragdale, or a venue determined by the Ragdale Executive Director, in consultation with the HRI Director. These events have been successful in sharing the Ragdale vision with students, educators, and the general public.

Selection Criteria

The fellowship decision will be made by a faculty committee. The HRI Director will serve in an ex officio capacity. Notification of award will be made in November 2020.

Contact

Questions about this fellowship may be addressed to Dr. Nancy Castro, Deputy Director of HRI, at ncastro@illinois.edu or (217) 244-7913.