Artist in Residence
Copyright: Judith Rodriguez, Wilson, April 2019
EYES ON MAIN STREET RESIDENCY 2021-2022, FOURTH YEAR
Eyes on Main Street will re-launch its residency program in the summer of 2021 with the goal of continuing to build strong photographic portfolios around Wilson, N.C. Eyes on Main Street has become, in seven years, a sought after festival, popular among global photographers including James Nachtwey, Olivia Arthur, Eugene Richards, Mary Ellen Mark, Raymond Depardon, Lori Grinker, Stephen Shore, Jo Ann Walters, William Klein and Oh Soon-Hwa, who have participated in the annual exhibitions and public programs.
Although all levels of photographers, from emerging to well established, can apply for the residency, a strong sense of documentary or street photography is desired. The Festival will offer twelve residencies, for a period of one month per residency - open to both domestic and international photographers. The program will run from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.
This residency program is proudly supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Wilson is a town in North Carolina about 50 miles east of its capital, Raleigh, with a population of roughly 50,000. As the heart of the tobacco industry, downtown Wilson saw a decline in its fortune when the tobacco warehouses closed, changing the town as many other businesses shuttered. Today, the city is reinventing itself through several arts projects: The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park opened in late 2017 and changed the city’s landscape. Over 120 guest photographers from all over the world have brought many different artistic visions and a lot of creativity to Wilson’s Historic Downtown, through Eyes on Main Street, now in its sixth year.
The resident artists will live in Historic Downtown Wilson for one month. The Festival will offer comfortable lodging in a private apartment consisting of a workspace, a kitchen, a bathroom and one bedroom with a one-time stipend of $500 that can be used to cover travel and related costs. The Festival covers utility bills.
Transportation to and from the airport will be provided from RDU, Raleigh-Durham Airport, located 60 miles from Wilson. Many resident photographers arrive by train as Wilson has a train station on the Amtrak network. A car is optional, at the expense of the resident. A pay for ride-share system runs all around town, and the Festival will provide a bike.
How to apply
Candidates will submit a digital portfolio, also a link to their website is required, and a brief cover letter with the application form: EOMS Residency Form 2021.docx to: by 11.59 PM on April 15, 2021.
No Entry Fee
Residency recipients will be notified by April 30, 2021.
Because the pandemic may still be a health issue in July 2021, the first three months of the residency (July, August and September 2021) will be reserved for photographers who reside in the USA.
Both the Festival and the Resident will sign a contract. One of the goals of EOMS is to organize a group exhibition with a selection of images shot during this 4th year of the program. This show will be on display during the following edition of the Eyes on Main Street Outdoor Photo Festival (2022). Each photographer will also donate one print to the program no later than six months after the end of his or her residency.
To support the local artistic community and promote cultural awareness, it will be strongly suggested of the chosen photographers to do one of the following: an artist talk with the director of the festival, delivering a public lecture on photography or leading a Saturday afternoon workshop with local photographers, this at no extra cost to the festival.
Jerome De Perlinghi
February 4, 2021
09-2017: Jan Wünsch, Czech Republic
10-2017: Juan Arredondo, Colombia
11-2017: Rémy Artiges, France
12-2017: Keith Dannemiller, USA
01-2018: Juan Madrid, USA
01-2018: Juan Giraldo, Colombia/USA
02-2018: Diana Bagnoli, Italy
03-2018: Jeremy Dennis, USA
04-2018: Kajal Nisha Patel, United Kingdom
04-2018: Amsatou Diallo, Mali
04-2018: Sandeep Biswas, India
05-2018: Jared Ragland, USA
06-2018: Giovanni Urgeles, Cuba/Philippines
07-2018: Ximena Echague, Argentina
08-2018: Seydou Camara, Mali
09-2018: Dave Jordano, USA
10-2018: Jérôme Bonnet, France
11-2018: José Luis Vilchez, Nicaragua
12-2018: Andrea Torrei, Italy
01-2018: Serra Akcan, Turkey
01-2018: Çiğdem Üçünçü, Turkey
02-2019: Alice Kayibanda, Rwanda
03-2019: Michelle Frankfurter, USA
04-2019: Judith Rodriguez, Argentina
05-2019: Roza Vulf, Lithuania
06-2019: Jeremy M.Lange, USA
07-2019: Ayomide A. Oyeniyi, Nigeria
10-2019: Olivier Metzger, France
11-2019: Isabelle Levy-Lehmann, France
12-2019: Mark Rammers, The Netherlands
02-2020: Bronek Kozka, Australia