Call for Proposals for 2012 Residency on Andrea Zittel’s Indianapolis Island

Call for Proposals for 2012 Residency on Andrea Zittel’s Indianapolis Island

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Andrea Zittel, American, b. 1965, “Indianapolis Island,” 2010.
Fiberglass, foam, mixed media.
Commissioned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

November 29, 2011

Call for Proposals for 2012 Residency on Andrea Zittel's Indianapolis Island​
Students and emerging professionals from around the world are encouraged to apply by January 13, 2012

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is issuing a call for proposals for a summer 2012 six-week residency on Andrea Zittel’s Indianapolis Island within the IMA’s 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. Graduate and undergraduate students and emerging professionals in the fields of art, design, architecture and performing arts are encouraged to apply to customize and reside on Indianapolis Island.

Anchored in the 35-acre lake within 100 Acres, Indianapolis Island is a habitable “off-the-grid” structure accessible by rowboat. At about 20 feet in diameter, the island serves as an experimental living structure that examines the daily needs of contemporary human beings. Residents collaborate with Zittel by adapting and modifying the island’s structure according to their individual needs. The project blends elements of environmental art, sculpture, design and performance in a unique way, offering a challenging and experimental forum for exploring ideas about individualism and self-sufficiency. Visit for more information, including photos and renderings of the structure, and to apply for the residency.

The 2012 residency will be the third to take place on Indianapolis Island. During the artwork’s inaugural summer in 2010, Herron School of Art and Design (Indianapolis, Ind.) students Jessica Dunn and Michael Runge activated the installation through a series of visitor interactions based on a system of exchange with their project titled Give and Take. The 2011 island resident was Katherine Ball, a student of Portland State University’s Art + Social Practice MFA program (Portland, Ore.). Over the course of her residency, titled No Swimming, Ball initiated a series of ecological interventions in the Park’s lake and engaged a local audience through a series of public programs centered on the topic of water. For more information about the past residencies, visit

Proposals are due Friday, January 13, 2012, and should include a brief written statement about the planned residency with renderings. Residencies must last six weeks or longer and be conducted between May and September 2012.

About Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art
The IMA’s robust contemporary art program is a model for how encyclopedic museums engage the art of our time. With a renewed focus on its contemporary collection, programs, and publications, the IMA has been actively seeking out the works of emerging and mid-career international artists through both gift and acquisition, and organizing major traveling exhibitions and newly commissioned projects. In recent years, the IMA has worked with artists including Ingrid Calame, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Los Carpinteros, Amy Cutler, Tara Donovan, Tony Feher, Orly Genger, Jeppe Hein, Robert Irwin, Alfredo Jaar, Josephine Meckseper, Joshua Mosley, Ernesto Neto, Type A, and Andrea Zittel, among others.

In June 2010, the IMA launched its new 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park to wide critical acclaim, and it has been hailed across the United States as a new model for site-responsive sculpture parks in the 21st century. Among the backdrop of woodlands, wetlands, and a 35-acre lake, the park currently includes nine commissioned art installations by artists from throughout the world as well as the Ruth Lilly Visitor Pavilion designed by architect Marlon Blackwell. 100 Acres is one of only a few sculpture parks in the United States dedicated to the ongoing commission of site-responsive artwork.

Lisa Freiman, the IMA’s senior curator and chair of the Department of Contemporary Art, was appointed the 2011 U.S. Commissioner for La Biennale di Venezia, the 54th International Art Exhibition. During the Biennale, the IMA presented six new works by the collaborative Allora & Calzadilla in the U.S. Pavilion for the exhibition titled Gloria.

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