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The Saint John's Pottery [email protected] Environmental Artist Fellowship

The Saint John's Pottery and Saint John's University, in partnership with the Jerome Foundation and the Camargo Foundation, invite applications for a six-week emerging artist residency in Cassis, France. The Saint John's Pottery will award a total of two residencies for Minnesota and New York City-based emerging artists.

Visual artists of all disciplines (sculpture, photography, painting, etc.) who seek to work at the intersection of art and the environment are encouraged to apply. Artists who utilize a combination of visual art and non-visual creative practices (performing arts, dance, music, etc.) will also be considered.

About the Program

Located at Saint John's University in Minnesota, The Saint John's Pottery has challenged artists to work creatively with natural systems for over 35 years. The Camargo Foundation, located in the scenic town of Cassis, France, offers an exceptional environment to think and create. With the support of the Jerome Foundation in Minnesota, two artists will be offered a six-week residency at the Camargo Foundation.

Central to the residency is the natural setting of Cassis. The quiet campus faces the Mediterranean Sea, the Cap Canaille cliffs, and the unique landscape of the Calanques National Park. Cassis is a small town of less than 8,000 inhabitants, making it a human scale in which everything is within walking distance. It is however part of a large metropolitan area of nearly 2 million people. Cassis is a 45-minute drive from Marseille, and near additional centers for arts, culture, and research such as Aix-en-Provence and Arles. Through the years and past residencies, the Camargo Foundation has developed a network of contacts in the area in regard to art and the environment, such as the GR2013, a 365 km (227 mi) trail created by artists and hikers exploring the Marseille-Provence region. 

Participating artists will exemplify the mission of The Saint John's Pottery through a commitment to the integration of art and life; the preservation of the environment; and the celebration of diverse cultures. Interaction with The Saint John's Pottery and the setting of Cassis provide a rich backdrop for artists to explore themes of environmental art, eco-mutualism, creative placemaking and relationships between humans and the natural world in the Anthropocene.

Residencies may include, but are not limited to: development of a new body of work while in residence at the Camargo Foundation in Cassis; creative interaction with regional sites of environmental and geological significance such as the Calanques National Park; exploration of contemporary art and culture in nearby Marseille; and creative research in Aubagne, a city known for its ceramic history.


Participants are selected as part of an open call and panel review process. Applicants must be residents of Minnesota or the five boroughs of New York City and have lived there for at least one year prior to the application date. For establishing residency, street addresses are required; however, post office boxes may be used for mailing purposes.

Although age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist, students in K-12 educational programs or enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degrees programs at the time of application are not eligible to apply. Knowledge of French is beneficial but not required. For more information, please visit the Jerome Foundation website.

Fellowship and Award

Each grantee will receive airfare to and from Cassis, housing accommodations at the Camargo Foundation, and an award of $3,000. The award can be used to cover costs such as food and supplies.

Participants will be housed in an individual live-work apartment at the Camargo Foundation for six weeks. The precise dates of the residency will be determined according to the availabilities of both the Camargo Foundation and the two selected artist participants, likely between November 2016 and the first semester of 2017.

The Camargo Foundation's campus includes twelve furnished apartments, a reference library, a music/conference room, an open-air theater, an artists's studio with darkroom, and a composer's studio. The Camargo Foundation does not have a dance studio.

Participants receive special support in the form of critical feedback from The Saint John's Pottery and on-site support from the Camargo Foundation. Following the residency, artists take part in a public presentation at Saint John's University.

Apply Online by 5:00 PM CST Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Artists must submit their applications (online only) to Applications must include the following:

  • Complete application form (mandatory fields) including a proposal narrative describing the proposed project or possible areas of inquiry. Applicants must specify how their experience and creative practice relates to the environmental art focus of the residency and the region of Cassis.
  • An artist CV including exhibition history (maximum three pages in length).
  • Up to ten samples of previous artworks.

Applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, August 31 by 5:00 PM CST (Minnesota)/6:00 PM EST (New York City)/12:00 midnight CET (France).

Panel Selection and Award Notification

A panel will review applications and recommend recipients to The Saint John's Pottery and the Camargo Foundation. In narrowing the list of applications to a group of finalists, panelists will primarily consider the following criteria:

  • Quality and potential of the work;
  • Content of the residency activities or area of creative inquiry; 
  • Clarity in articulating relationships between humans and nature in the proposal; and
  • Creative interaction with regional sites and/or issues.

Applications are urged to give each criteria significant thought and respond as specifically as possible, especially in regard to interactions with regional sites and issues. Applicants will be notified of final decisions by late October 2016. For more information, contact Steven Lemke, Program Manager, The Saint John's Pottery, or Julie Chénot, Program Director, the Camargo Foundation.

About Us

The Saint John's Pottery engages artists in the work of artistic creation in relationship to the natural environment. Founded by artist Richard Bresnahan at Saint John's University in central Minnesota, the studio embodies, by demonstration and practice experience, the integration of aesthetic, scientific, humanistic, and moral approaches to the creative process. 

The Jerome Foundation, created by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, has supported emerging artists for over 50 years. It seeks to contribute to a dynamic and evolving culture by supporting the creation, development, and production of new works by emerging artists. The Jerome Foundation makes grants to artists and arts organizations in Minnesota and New York City. 

The Camargo Foundation, located in Cassis, France and founded by artist and philanthropist Jerome Hill, is a residential center offering programming in the humanities and the arts. It offers time and space in a contemplative environment to think, experiment, create, and connect. The Camargo Foundation encourages the visionary work of artists, scholars, and thinkers in the arts and humanities.