YVML offers residencies to designers, artists and craftspeople to explore thinking through material exploration, with an emphasis on kiln-formed glass. Artists may apply individually or as a collaborative team. Residencies last up to three weeks and include lodging, full access to the lab, technical assistance and opportunities for intellectual exchange through panel discussions, lectures and workshops. The lab is shared with multi day workshops led by internationally established artists and designers. Applications are reviewed once a year by a revolving panel of peers.
Next Call for Residents / January 2020
Applications for internships at YVML are accepted on a rolling basis, and are based on the interest of each applicant such as: marketing, event planning, glass technical assistance for artists in residence, merchandise design, educational outreach, landscape design, grant writing and research and design build. Interns receive lodging and have access to the lab and technical support. They will not be expected to work more than 8 hours a day and five days a week. If there is a workshop that coincides during their time as an intern, they can attend the class for free. The internship can be taken for college credit, depending on the academic institutions approval and requirements. All interns must be 18 or over. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the application requirements.
2019/2020 artists in residence
Born in 1984 in Burgundy, France, Laure Vigna graduated in 2008 from ENSBA Lyon after an exchange at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She participated to various programs of alternative education and residencies such as the Centre d’art du Parc Saint Léger in Pougues-les-Eaux, France (2018); ISP at Rogaland Kunstsenter in Stavanger, Norway (2017); the MSA in Los Angeles, USA (2016); 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica, USA (2013); the French Institute in partnership with the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart, Germany (2011). She is the laureate of the Étant Donnés residency program by the FRENCH INSTITUTE, the FACE Foundation and the cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States (2019-2020). She has been supported several times by CNAP and DRAC Bourgogne and Île-de-France. In 2015, she was a grant recipient from the Pollock Krasner Foundation.
Ofir Klemperer and Kate Cunningham
Ofir Klemperer (born in Israel 1982). is a composer, improviser, singer/song writer, and producer. Leaning heavily on the analogue synthesizer the Korg MS-20, his music is melodic in its core, and through orchestrating classical instruments along with punk-rock and electronics, he applies to his melodies an experimental approach and Noise.
Katherine Cunningham is a lens-based artist, writer, and educator.She received a BFA in photography from Washington University in St. Louis, with time abroad at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She went on to obtain an MFA in photography from The University of Notre Dame, where she was awarded the Erfroymson Fund Emerging Artist Award. In 2011, she earned an MMus from the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague, the Netherlands having participated in an interdisciplinary program called ArtScience. Katherine has exhibited and published both nationally and internationally.
Beginning with the image and what results from its misalignment Martyna Szczesna's work investigates utopian constructs and ideological dissonance through the use of hybrid photography and sculpture. Born in Olsztyn, Poland in 1984, she immigrated to the United States with her family in 1992. She is a graduate of the Cooper Union for the Arts and Sciences and holds an MFA in Photography from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her work has been supported by residencies at Franconia Sculpture Park, Bullseye Glass, AZ West as well as the AIM program at the Bronx Museum. She has exhibited widely across the United States and abroad. In September 2017 she opened DĄĄB, a non-commercial space focusing on 1-2 person projects and collaborations in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn.
David Hendren is a multi-media artist working in sculpture, painting and sound. He received his Masters of Fine Art from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008 and his Bachelor of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001. He's received a Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship, the Cranbrook Art Museum Purchase Award, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, and a Lincoln City Fellowship. Hendren's work has been show in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Lisbon and Berlin. Raised in Arkansas, Hendren lives and works in Los Angeles.
Theresa Sterner and Zach Trow
Theresa Sterner and Zach Trow are sculptors living in Los Angeles who have been working collaboratively since 2016. They have been dual artists-in-residence at Coast Time, in Lincoln City, Oregon, The Cooper Union in New York, and will be residents at Taller Los Guayabos in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2020. The have given public lectures at the Cooper Union in New York and Central Park Gallery in Los Angeles, and have exhibited collaboratively at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, CA and the SPRING BREAK Art Show in Los Angeles.
James Herman was born in Denver, Colorado in 1985. He lives and works in Los Angeles, California. Herman attended the Yale Norfolk Summer School of Art in 2010. His book Driftwood Forts of the Oregon Coast was published by Nestucca Spit Press in April, 2014. Recent exhibitions include Aaron Wrinkle 1978, Night Gallery, Los Angeles; On Landscape #2, Matéria, Rome; Convergence, Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma, CA; Aged Aquarius, The Henry Ford Museum, Detroit, Michigan; and A Call to Place: The first five years of the Frontier Fellowship, Rio Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Joni Sternbach was born in the Bronx, New York and currently lives in Brooklyn. She received a BFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts and a Master of Arts from New York University and International Center of Photography in 1987. She is a visiting artist at The Cooper Union, an advisory board member and founding faculty at Penumbra Foundation in NYC, where she teaches wet plate collodion.
Sternbach uses large format cameras and early photographic processes to create contemporary landscapes and environmental portraits. Her work centers on our relationship with water. Her long-term projects involve the pursuit and understanding of the Western landscape and the series Surfland, which captures portraits of surfers in tintype.
Sternbach’s work is part of many international and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery in London, Joslyn Museum, MOCA Jacksonville, Nelson Atkins Museum, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is the recipient of several grants including NYFA and CAPS and Santo Foundation. Her monograph Surf Site Tin Type was published in Spring 2015 by Damiani and is now sold out of the second edition.
She is represented in Los Angeles by Von Lintel Gallery and in Paris, France by Galerie Hug.
Andrea is a German born artist and photographer based in London. After graduating with an MFA from the University of Leeds, she has focused on her artistic work that has emerged out of photography’s’ expanded field and incorporates installation, sculpture, photography, collage and immersive media experiences. Recent awards include a Mac Dowell Fellowship, an Ecce grant and funding from the Arts Council of England for her virtual reality project Ghost Weight. Exhibitions include Royal Academy of Arts, Towner Art Gallery, Charles Dickens Museum, Kunsthaus Hamburg and Palais des Art Marseille amongst many others. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker and is in the collections of the Dickens Museum London, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Museum for Kunst & Gewerbe Hamburg.
Laura Heit earned her MFA from the Royal College of Art in London England, and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). A multimedia artist her work has exhibited and screened in the US and abroad, at venues including Track 16 (Los Angeles, CA), Boise Art Museum (Boise ID), Adams and Ollman (Portland, OR), The Schnitzer Museum of Art (Eugene, OR), The Schneider Museum of Art (Ashland OR), Center for Contemporary Art & Culture (Portland OR), She Works Flexible (Houston, TX), REDCAT (Los Angeles, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), MoMA (NYC, NY), Millennium Film (NYC, NY), Pompidou (Paris, France), TBA Festival (Portland, OR), and the Guggenheim Museum (NYC, NY), Walt Disney Hall (Los Angeles, CA), and Detroit Institute of the Arts (Detroit, MI) among others. Her grants include; 2016 Oregon Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship, Artist Project Grant Regional Arts & Culture Council including the 2014 Innovation Award, Henson Foundation (2009, 2014), ARC California, Illinois Arts Council, The British Council, and the Mac Dowell Colony. She has taught animated arts at SAIC, Pacific Northwest College of Art, and Cal Arts where she was co-director of the Experimental Animation Department. Her book Animators Sketchbooks was published in 2013 by Thames and Hudson. She currently lives and works in Portland Oregon.
Horatio Hung-Yan Law
Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a Portland-based installation and public artist who focuses on making creative projects with communities. The core of his art stems from his Asian American identity and his experience as an immigrant. His projects explore the effects of our current culture of consumption and issues of identity, memory, history and the meaning of community in a global culture.
Image: Souvenirs, 2001
Mixed-Media Installation, Powder Pigment, Rice Grains, Metallic-Leaf, Thrift Shop Figurines and Bowls, Custom- Built Curio Case
Matthew Drennan Wicks
Matthew Drennan Wicks holds a B.F.A. from The University of Montana, a post-baccalaureate degree in Craft from Oregon College of Art and Craft and an M.F.A. from the University of South Florida. His work is a process-based exploration of traditional craft in a contemporary context that highlights specific domestic objects and the intrinsic properties of clay.
His work has been showcased throughout the United States as well as Europe and Russia and has been included in permanent collections in Massachusetts, Montana, Florida and Denmark. In 2014, Wicks was a resident of Guldagergaard: International Ceramics Research Center in Skaelskor, Denmark. Originally from New Orleans; he currently lives and works in Tampa.
Who is eligible to apply?
The YVML Residency program is open to artists, craftspeople, designers, writers, performers and musicians, with the expectation of working with glass as a material. Emerging as well as those who are established are invited to apply, and experience with glass is not required. Applicants who are enrolled in a college degree program as of the date of the application may not apply.
What is the length of an artist residency?
An artist in residence can apply for 2 - 3 week session.
What is the cost of a residency? Are there scholarships?
The Yucca Valley Material Lab is a not-for-profit organization and we aspire to make this experience accessible to all artists. Overhead for each artist in resident with lodging and full use of the lab for three weeks is $450 and $350 for a two week session. The fees for a collaborative team are based on the number of individuals. These fees help the organization cover the cost of utilities and facility use. Our overhead cost per resident to provide a three week long residency at YVML is approximately $1200. We raise the remaining funds through grants, donations, and fundraising events which require a significant investment of time and energy on the part of our staff, board, and awesome volunteers. We are deeply appreciative of any funds that are contributed above the base amount to help support this vital work.
Am I allowed to defer my residency?
Because there is such a limited number of residencies with an average of only 6 per year, YVML is not able to defer accepted applications.
Do you allow applications from collaborators?
Yes, and you may submit one application as a collaborative team. Fees are based on the number of individuals.
How do I apply?
In January 2020, a link will be provided on this page of our website. Applicants can go there to start their application. We are here to help you through the process, do not hesitate to contact email@example.com with questions.
What are you looking for in a project description?
Describe what it is you plan to do while in residence. Since we do not require glass experience, we don’t expect literacy on the material in your project description. Feel free to imagine how glass could enter into your creative practice and don’t worry about the feasibility of your project at this stage. Our facilities however can only support kiln forming (casting), not glass blowing.
What are you looking for in a statement of interest?
This is an opportunity for you to give the panel a sense of your motivation and how this particular residency is appropriate for you. You can cover topics such as: glass as a material, the Yucca Valley unique geography, size of the lab (one resident at a time), residency length (2 - 3 weeks), access to facilities/equipment, and opportunities for social engagement.
Is glass experience required for applicants?
How much technical support will be available?
Technical support with the artistic and technical director is limited, however we will work with each resident on a case to case basis.
How much access to the lab do artists have?
Full access for the duration of their residency, however they may need to share the lab if a workshop coincides during their session. They are able to sit in on the workshops for free.
Am I responsible for materials?
Yes. Common materials typically include Bullseye glass for kiln casting and forming, wax and plaster, silica and silicone for moldmaking.
What is public transportation like in the area? Will I need a car?
The lab is situated in a rural area, approximately 5 miles from the nearest grocery store. YVML has a truck that can be utilized occasionally for material purchases, however it is helpful to have access to a personal vehicle, as the surrounding region can be incredibly inspirational.
What are the accommodations like?
Artist-in-residence quarters are located in a vintage, restored fifth-wheel trailer just steps away from the Lab. Designed for essential and temporary living, the quarters provide resident artists privacy and independence: facilities for cooking and bathing, Wi-Fi, a writing desk, limited storage, and a comfortable place to sleep. Surrounded by Joshua trees and high desert flora and fauna, the quarters offer perfect views of the sunrise and sunset.
What is the weather like throughout the year?
In Yucca Valley, the summers are hot, arid, and mostly clear and the winters are cold, dry, windy and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 34°F to 95°F and is rarely below 26°F or above 101°F. The hot season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 6 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 87°F. The hottest day of the year is July 21, with an average high of 95°F and low of 69°F. The cool season lasts for 3.3 months, from November 20 to February 28, with an average daily high temperature below 63°F. The coldest day of the year is December 26, with an average low of 34°F and high of 55°F.
When will I be notified of the results of my application, and how will I be notified?
You will be notified by email approximately one month after the deadline.
What are the work sample requirements?
Visual Artists / Designers: 10 images of work. Only one artwork per image unless it is an installation view. Two of the ten images may be detail shots or installation views. Images (up to 3MB each), Video (up to 250MB each), Audio (up to 30MB each) and Models (Sketchfab). Writers: no more than 15 pages of writing samples
Who reviews my application?
Applications are reviewed twice a year by a selected advisory panel of peers.