Artist-in-Residence Program  At William E. Scripps Estate

Artist-in-Residence Program At William E. Scripps Estate

July 6 to July 20, 2009

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While artists and arts programs in Michigan suffer from budget cutbacks and reduced funding, The William E. Scripps Estate, owned by Guest House, Inc., is pleased to announce its inaugural artist-in-residence program.

Three applicants will be selected to spend two weeks this July at the magnificent 67-room William E. Scripps Estate, one of the most important pre-Depression country estates in the nation.

The program is open to all Michigan mid-career and established visual artists 18 years of age and older. Proposals for work to be done during the stay will be reviewed by art professionals from Southeastern Michigan, and finalists will be selected based on merit and consistency with the William E. Scripps Artist in Residence Program mission statement. Resident artists will be provided room, board and work space in the quiet and inspiring setting of the mansion.  The residency period is July 6 to July 20, 2009.

In return, artists are expected to donate a piece of their work to the Scripps Estate to become part of a permanent collection.  In addition, artists are expected to conduct a half-day workshop and a public presentation.  Selected works started or completed during their stay will be exhibited during the Scripps Days festival at the estate, Sept. 19 – 20, 2009.  The art exhibit will then travel to the Orion Township Public Library where it will be seen by as many as 25,000 people.

Guest House, Inc., is a private, not-for-profit, corporation that since the 1950s has operated a residential treatment center at the site for Catholic clergy suffering from alcoholism and other addictions. In 2007, a new treatment center was built on the grounds making the 1927 mansion more available for public tours and private events.  The house and grounds are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as nationally significant because of the outstanding architecture and landscape as well as the site’s association with the famous William E. Scripps.

Scripps was the heir to the Detroit News, an early aviator, radio pioneer, auto manufacturer, environmentalist, and patron of the arts.  Many fine examples of American arts and crafts survive at the estate in metalwork, stone, stained glass, and painted finishes, making the mansion an ideal place to inspire working artists.

Applications are now being accepted and are available online at  Details on the program and the estate can be found at the Web site. Interested artists may tour the estate at a pre-proposal meeting March 27, 2009.  Postmark deadline for proposals is April 17, 2009.  Notification to finalists is expected in mid-to late-May. Selections will be made without regard to race, religion, gender, disability, national origin, marital status, or age. Applicants must be residents of Michigan. For more information, visit the Web site or contact Leslie Pielack, Curator and Executive Director of the Scripps Estate, at 248-391-4445, ext. 1100.