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About the Program
Following a highly successful second year, Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu are excited to announce the Ronin | Globus Artist-in-Residence Program scheduled for May 2018. Open to Japanese artists, this annual program seeks to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue by providing the opportunity for Japanese visual artists to live, work and exhibit in New York City. The selected Artist-in-Residence will be the featured artist in Ronin Gallery’s summer exhibition, Contemporary Talents of Japan. In addition, they will receive a two to three week stay at Globus Washitsu in central Manhattan, a $1000 cash stipend, and a round-trip ticket between Tokyo and NYC. There will be recognition of first and second runners up. A portion of the exhibition proceeds will be donated to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.
Submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2018, and should include an updated resume, artist statement (no more than half of a page), and five works of art (in JPEG format). A blinded, prestigious panel will determine the winner and finalists for this residency. Judges are selected to reflect a diversity of viewpoints and opinions. The 2018 panel consists of museum curators, individual collectors, philanthropists, and experts on Japanese art. All possess extensive experience or education in the field paired with a sensitivity to the pulse of the contemporary Japanese art scene. They will select a winner based on three criteria: artistic excellence, clarity of concept, and originality in interpretation of theme.
Applicants can choose to interpret this theme anyway they see fit. Selections will be based of the following criteria:
- Artistic excellence
- Originality in interpretation of theme
- Clarity of concept
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Application & Criteria
Submissions will be accepted through February 15, 2018, 11:59 pm EST. Please include an updated resume, artist statement (no more than half of a page), and five works of art (in JPEG format with corresponding list of suggested pricing). All submitted artwork must be available to be sent to New York. Artist statement should present a conceptual basis for work and practice, as well as how your work fits into the annual theme. Deliberations will be made during the month of April and finalists (winner, 1st runner up, 2nd runner up) will be announced in early March. The Ronin/Globus Artist-in-Residence program has the right to photograph and publish finalists work for its website, catalogue, e-book, magazine, or advertising and promotional material.
The Ronin/Globus Artist-in-Residence program is designed to nurture emerging artists who would benefit from the facilities, financial support, and international exposure of this initiative. While the artist is not required to complete new work during their residency, they are expected to fully engage with New York City in a manner that will aid their artistic development. In addition, the artist is required to attend program receptions at both Ronin Gallery and Globus Washitsu. English language ability is preferred, but it is not required.
Why only Japanese artists working in Japan?
While many international residency programs bring artists to the United States, there are few opportunities specifically for Japanese artists. For the past 40 years, Ronin Gallery has focused on bringing the best of Japanese prints to New York City. In keeping with this tradition, Ronin Gallery seeks to nurture and promote the most exciting talents in contemporary Japanese art. The Globus family has a singular focus on supporting Japanese culture. This program reinforces this focus by promoting Japanese art in the United States.
Do you provide travel visas?
No, though the Ronin/Globus Artist-in-Residence program will provide an official letter of invitation to be used for appropriate travel documents.
Who is responsible for the transport of the art?
The artist is responsible for shipping the art to the Ronin Gallery and all Japanese import and export duties. The program will fully cover the return of art to Japan and all U.S. import and export duties.
Are artist’s materials included?
We do not provide materials, but the $1000 stipend can be used for this purpose.
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Tan Boon Hui
Director of the Asia Society Museum
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Consulting curator for Reversible Destiny Foundation, Co-director of PoNJA-GenKon
Founder and editor of Spoon & Tamago Japanese arts and culture blog
Former gallery director at Honjo Gallery in Tokyo, Japan
Art collector and capital market executive
Mary Ann Roos
Art collector and philanthropist
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Japanese culture promoter, writer and photographer
Oz Yamaguchi Keisuke
2016 Ronin | Globus Artist in Residence
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