The Core Program

The Core Program attracts a diverse array of applicants from across the United States and abroad. Artists and critical writers who seek the stimulation and challenges of an intellectual framework and an intensive studio environment are invited to apply for admission to the Core Residency Program.

Applications for admission are accepted once per year. Applications and portfolios are reviewed and evaluated by a jury of professional artists, art historians, critics, and curators based on the quality of the work and demonstration of a commitment to critical dialogue, which is integral to participation within the peer group.

Application deadline for the 2014–15 year: April 1, 2014
Application deadline for the 2015–16 year: April 1, 2015

Successful applicants begin the program in September. Notification letters for the 2014–15 year are mailed on or before June 2, 2014.

To Apply

Application Filing Period
The application filing period begins January 1, 2014. Application materials must be received no later than April 1, 2014. Any application materials, including letters of recommendation, received after midnight on April 1 will not be considered by the jury. The Core Program does not retain application materials from previous cycles (including letters of recommendation). Notification letters will be mailed on or before June 2, 2014. Notification will be sent to international applicants by e-mail.

Application Materials
A. Statement of Intent Please discuss your work and artistic goals in a personal as well as a critical context. Your statement should contain the reason(s) why you want to participate in the Core Program and what you hope to gain from the residency. Limit your statement to 800 words.
B. CV Please submit a maximum of two pages in PDF format.
C. Three Letters of Recommendation See “submission process” below for details.
D. Portfolio Requirements vary for visual artists and critics:

  • Visual artists’ portfolios must contain documentation of work produced in the last two years. You may submit images, video clips, and/or audio clips. You may submit up to 10 items (including detail views).
    • Image files must be submitted in JPG, PNG, or TIF format. The size of each must not exceed 5 MB or be larger than 1280 x 1280 pixels at 72 dpi.
    • Video files may be submitted in FLV, MOV, m4v, mp4 or WMV format, and the size of each file may not exceed 60 MB.
    • Audio files may be submitted in mp3 format and the size of each file may not exceed 30 MB.
    • While applicants may upload files, we prefer links to YouTube, Vimeo, and Soundcloud, which are easier to access, ensuring that equal time is given to all applicants.
    • The combined duration of video and/or audio submissions must not exceed 20 minutes per applicant.
  • Critics’ portfolios must contain two samples of art-historical or critical writing produced in the last two years, submitted in PDF format. Files must not exceed 10 MB. Writing samples may be combined into one document, or submitted separately.

Submission Process
All application materials must be submitted online though SlideRoom. To establish an account, go to SlideRoom, create a login ID, and select “Core Program 2014.” If you have used SlideRoom previously, you may use your existing login ID.

You may log in and out as many times as you like during the application process. Please do not submit your application until you have completed all sections, uploaded all portfolio items, and paid the application fee.

Your recommenders will submit letters of reference through SlideRoom as well. Provide their names and e-mail addresses in the “Recommender” section of the application (you may edit this information even after your application has been submitted). SlideRoom will send an e-mail to each with further instructions. We strongly suggest that you begin the application process and submit your recommenders’ contact information by March 1 in order to avoid uploading on the final day, when traffic on the website is busiest. In the event that the recommender does not receive an e-mail with instructions, the applicant should confirm the e-mail address, log in to SlideRoom, and re-submit the reference request. Applicants or recommenders who have questions or encounter problems may send an e-mail to

Application Fee
Pay SlideRoom’s $10 application fee online by credit or debit card.

We regret that we cannot respond to e-mail or telephone inquiries regarding the status of individual applications.