Call for Artists

The Birdsell Project is seeking applications from artists for its Summer Residency Program, June 9 – August 14, 2016.


About the Birdsell Project:

The Birdsell Project seeks to revitalize underutilized spaces by opening them to artists and the community in South Bend, a rust-belt city in northern Indiana. The Birdsell Project creates community space that reflects upon South Bend’s history, celebrates current artistic endeavors, and experiments with methods of merging art and community.

The Birdsell Project Residency Program invites artists to create work in underutilized buildings around downtown South Bend. Artists participating in the residency will create site-specific installations that respond to the spaces they are working in, allowing artists and the public new ways to contemplate and understand these spaces. The program offers a collaborative environment for participating artists as well as engages them with the community at large.

The 2016 summer residency is eight weeks long and will culminate in a show beneath South Bend’s former power plant built in 1914 along the banks of the St. Joseph River. The building is on the National Register for Historic Places and its upper floors house South Bend’s Commerce Center.



The historic power plant is at the heart of the developing East Bank Village of South Bend. The space is within walking distance of the St. Joseph River, the South Bend Museum of Art, the South Bend Public Library and many restaurants, cafes, and historic buildings. Click here for photos of the available installation space.


Community Engagement:

To encourage engagement with the city, the residency requires artists to dedicate 10 hours a week to various community projects. Each week artists will also share a meal with the program directors, as well as local artists and community organizers. This will allow participating artists a chance to connect with leaders in the city and learn about the culture of the place they’re working in.


What you receive:

The residency will provide housing and a material stipend. Artists will be responsible for all food and transportation costs.



Residents will be housed in a home within a 20 minute walk of downtown. We encourage a cooperative living environment and artists are expected to contribute to the maintenance of the house and communal work spaces. Local artists are not required to live in Birdsell Project accommodations.


Studio/Installation Space:

Artists will have access to the installation space and separate work space throughout the residency. Artists are encouraged to use the installation space as primary studio space, so that the work can truly respond to and be integrated with the building. The residency provides access to some tools.

The residency is open to artists working in all media. We will accept 5-10 artists. Local residents are encouraged to apply and can contact us to discuss housing and community engagement options.

To view work from the Birdsell Project’s 2015 Residency, Click here.

To see a chronological history of Birdsell Project history, please visit our Facebook page at or Website at

To view a short video about the Birdsell Project, Click here

Please contact us with any questions concerning the residency by email at or by phone at 574-323-0982.



April 10th: Application deadline

April 30th: Artists-in-Residence Announced

June-August: Artists live and work together in downtown South Bend to put together installation

August-October: Installation open to the Public


To Apply:

Please send the following to by April 10, 2016 as well as a $25 Application fee, payable through Paypal at the link below.
– Resume/CV

– 5-10 Examples of previous work

– Contact information for 2 references

– Completed Short Answers (one paragraph for each question)

What attracts you to The Birdsell Project residency program?

What would you like to gain from this experience?

What will you add to the communal living space and collaborative work environment?

Describe your artistic interests (influences, general artist statement, direction).

Give an example of community work you’ve done in the past and how your unique skills, interests and experiences contributed to that relationship.

Submit a short proposal describing your ideas for the space and what areas you are most interested in working in. (Please refer to the photos for a better understanding of the installation space. Click here for photos of the available installation space).
– Application Fee payable here: