Friday, May 16, 2014

Old Furnace Artist Residency


Old Furnace Artist Residency
Jon Henry

Harrisonburg, Virginia
June 2014 - January 2015

The Old Furnace Artist Residency is an ongoing artist project curated by Jon Henry.* The residency is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia. It is open to all forms of artistry: sculpture, painting, video, sound, conceptual, poetry, fiction writers, critical theorists etc. Special attention is given to practices which are focused on social justice and being socially engaged. Emerging artists are especially encouraged to apply.

O.F.A.R. seeks to expose/engage artists to/with (rural) communities. The residency is at no cost to the participating artists but they will need to provide their own transit to Harrisonburg; Participating artists are asked to donate one piece of art to the residency in exchange for the room, board, and food. This art collection will be used for future exhibitions and OFAR projects/publications. The ultimate goal is to donate the residency’s collection to a permanent museum or archive. Collaborative projects with Jon are encouraged but not required. Creative space is limited but assistance will be given as needed.

Previous residents have found funding from other local institutions.

The second batch of residencies will be from June 2014 - January 2015. Artists can stay for a minimum of 1 day and a maximum of 1 month.

Visit website for additional details:

Online Application:

O.F.A.R. is located in the Shenandoah Valley near Shenandoah National Park, Endless Caverns, Shenandoah River, and the West Virginia Border.

* Jon Henry Artist Statement
Since moving back to Virginia, I have become more interested in creating works based in and on the land. I am further exploring my southern culture and its intersections with queerness. Part of this project includes the development of an artist residency, Old Furnace Artist Residency, which offers (free) creative spaces to encourage emerging, community based, and/or politically motivated art. The project services as the over arching title and ‘institution’ for a variety of my community and land based projects. Visit Jon Henry website: