Gallery residencies typically differ from traditional residency programs such as Skowhegan, Ox-Bow, and Yaddo, in that they’re often for one artist at a time, and are more about connecting to a place than to a cadre of other artists. Skowhegan for example, one of the most prestigious programs in the United States, welcomes 65 artists to its campus in rural Maine for nine weeks each summer.
“I think as the world becomes more digital and mediated through computers and the internet, artists seem to really value this idea of being together in close proximity, while also building more localized trust with people,” said Sarah Workneh, co-director of Skowhegan.
But what gallery residencies do provide is essential reprieve from the bustle of art-centric cities like New York and London, where many artists live and work.
The traveling residency run since 2015 by Catinca Tabacaru combines features of both traditional and gallery-run residencies. It is for a small group of artists, so participants do connect with peers, and they also go to destinations that take them out of their daily lives, including sites in Zimbabwe, Canada, and this summer, Serbia.