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Mildred Howard, Visual Artist

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Residency Dates: 
Monday, May 19, 2014 to Sunday, June 8, 2014
Application Deadline: 
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Mildred Howard, ACA Master Artist for Residency 152

Berkeley-based artist, activist, teacher, Mildred Howard has taught in nearly every major university and art institution in the San Francisco Bay Area and has conducted programs and exhibitions internationally in locales ranging from England to Latin America, Egypt, Ghana, and Morocco. Howard has created numerous works of highly visible public art in the Bay Area and her art works are included in the collections of major museums including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the M.H. de Young Museum, and the San Jose Museum of Art. Her numerous awards include an Anonymous Was a Woman Fellowship; the Joan Mitchell Fellowship; the Reader’s Digest Traveling Fellowship to Oaxaca, Mexico; two Rockefeller Artists Fellowships to Bellagio, Italy; and an NEA Grant in Sculpture. in 2011, the City of Berkeley proclaimed March 29th "Mildred Howard Day"; in 2012, Howard was inducted into the Alameda County Hall of Fame and received San Francisco's prestigious Silver SPUR Award. This year, Howard was selected to receive the Distinguished Woman Award for 2014 by Fresno, California's Council of 100. Howard continues to work and exhibit internationally; in 2013 her sculpture "Parenthetically Speaking" appeared at the Arsenal Venezia in Venice, where Howard was a finalist for the Arte Laguna Prize. She is represented, in San Francisco by Gallery Paule Anglim.

Residency Statement

Having made a career of being an artist for nearly four decades, I have experience with a wide variety of media, from dance and performance to textiles; from two-dimensional work such as photography and printmaking to various types of installation and sculpture, ranging in scale from the hand-held to the entire square footage of a large gallery; from unclassifiable mixed-media projects on paper to public sculptures spanning walls and city blocks; and in particular, assemblage and collage (ie, objects and images made by altering, combining, and composing found elements.)

My residency will draw largely on my sculptural practice, and will encourage the creation of sculpture, assemblage and/or installation. The materials and dimensions of the participants' work may be completely unrelated to my own. Rather than simply teaching a particular formula or method, I want to work with applicants on projects of their own choosing, that they find interesting. In particular, I want to emphasize the development and realization of their ideas: with my guidance, applicants will gain hands-on experience in what it takes to see an ambitious project through from a concept to two-dimensional plans and sketches to the fabrication of a fully realized, three-dimensional artwork.

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Application Requirements

  1. CV (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  2. A letter of intent stating your interests and expectations for the residency (.doc, .docx, .pdf)
  3. Please submit any and all materials that you feel might give me a good overview of yourself and your work to date. You are encouraged, but not required, to include examples of previous sculpture or installation work; ultimately, your ideas and your enthusiasm for taking those ideas from concept to reality will be more important for this residency than a background in sculpture. (.doc, .docx, .jpg, .pdf, links to online video (YouTube, Vimeo, web site, etc.)

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Limited Scholarships / financial assistance available:

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance. Maximum financial support is $800 (full scholarship). All participants will be required to pay a $100 administration fee. A financial aid application will be emailed to you if you are selected by a Master Artist to attend a residency. All accepted Associate Artists are encouraged to apply, however funds are limited at this time. 

ACA will be offering a limited number of full scholarships for parent artists. Are you a visual or literary artist and the parent of a minor child (under 18)?  If so, you are eligible for a Sustainable Arts Foundation Scholarship Grant to support your residency. Please notify ACA upon acceptance into the residency. (Only accepted visual and literary artists are eligible).