Who We Are:
Since 2011 the Monira Foundation (formerly Mana Residencies) has awarded rent-free, non-living studio space to artists for 12 months periods. Started by Karline Moeller and Ysabel Pinyol Blasi, this residency was through invitation only, but for the first time in the summer of 2021 we will be accepting artists through an open call. This residency is the gift of time, space, and community.
Our mission is to provide a stimulating, rigorous, and contemplative environment in which talented and committed artists benefit from a large studio workspace and the support of a vital creative surrounding community. Studio space is still critical to the practices of the overwhelming majority of artists but remains at a premium, especially in the New Jersey and New York tri-state area; a residency at Monira facilitates continued production and helps strengthen professional and intellectual bonds among diverse individuals.
Monira Foundations Artist in Residence Program supports mid career artists who work in any visual arts media. All applicants must be at least 21, American citizens or residents of the United States during the residency period, not be enrolled in a degree-granting program or other residencies at the time of their residency, and be able to demonstrate an understanding of our program. We encourage artists working in all visual media to apply.
Program Overview and Facilities:
Selected Artists will have access to a private studio that is about 550 square feet. Each space comes equipped with a sink and basic studio equipment like a work table and chairs. The spaces are adaptable to artists’ needs with multiple electrical outlets and internet access. There is also a shared kitchen space onsite.
In addition to much-needed physical space, residents will receive visits from artists, curators, critics, and collectors at specific points during their residency.
Artists who are accepted into the program must be prepared to actively use their studio space and not be enrolled in any other program during their residency. Studios will be assigned based on a rolling basis throughout the year and not all artists will start at the same time. The program director will coordinate dates each cycle. Given the nature of this program we ask that artists consider their needs for a studio before applying so that they know they will thrive in the spaces offered. For 2022-2023 studios will be open beginning in November.
The residency takes place at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City. The path train has a drop off location close by in Journal Square. There is also ample parking in the lot for those who drive.
Application and Selection Process:
Applications are currently closed but will open in May of 2023. In each application we ask you to provide an artist statement (150 words), tell us why are you interested in the Monira Residencies Program (250 words), and to submit 5 images of your work. It can be in any media, though note that our program best serves visual art practices. No composite images or files with multiple images will be accepted. Images and statements cannot have artist names or identification on them.Image Descriptions should include title, media, year, and description. Our aim is to keep this application equitable and heavily focused on the work submitted. Reviewers will not see applicant names during the process and only have access to the artist statement, the program statement and the portfolio.
Each application will also ask for general information and a recent resume for internal use only. Please make sure your Slideroom account is up to date when submitting as we rely on their system to communicate during this process.
The Monira Foundation will convene a panel of arts professionals from New Jersey and New York to select the 4 artists for the upcoming year. This panel will only be announced after the each cycle (8-10 weeks after the open call ends) and will change each year. For application questions please contact Anne Muntges at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jurors look for
1. Artistic Excellence, work that is compelling with a distinct voice and vision.
2. Evidence of Commitment, A history of active engagement in creating artwork and presenting it publicly
3. Impact: Will this residency help the artist further their practice and/or career.
4. Engagement: Will artist participating engage with the community at the Monira Foundation and the general public through studio visits and community programming.
The Monira Foundation is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups regardless of age, sex, race or ability. The Monira Foundation will not discriminate among any of these grounds and encourages all established artists who would benefit from this program to apply.
Applications open MAY 2023 and close JUNE 2023 at midnight EST.
There is a modest $15 fee for each application. 5 dollars goes to Slideroom and the remaining 10 helps pay our reviewers / curators for the time spent reviewing and thoroughly considering each submission. It also supports the program so that it can continue year to year.
If this is truly a hardship please contact Anne Muntges at email@example.com
Community Give Back:
The Monira Foundation cosponsors two Open House events with Mana Contemporary annually, as well as sponsored visits from curators, critics and gallerists. Artists are expected to participate and engage. Additionally artists will be asked to offer one public event during their residency. This can include a talk, a workshop, social media takeovers, or other engagement. At the end of each residency each artist will be asked to donate a work to the Mana Permanent Collection. These works will be exhibited throughout the Mana Contemporary locations in Jersey City, Chicago and Miami for exhibitions.