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Ragdale Launches Two Special Residency Calls

A new fellowship opportunity for emerging Cuban visual artists

The Ragdale Foundation has opened a special residency calls.

Schumann Fellowship for Cuban Visual Artists
and Barbra Schumann are pleased to announce a new fellowship opportunity for emerging Cuban visual artists. This fellowship opportunity will support one visual artist with an 18-day or 25-day residency at Ragdale along with a cash stipend of $500, the creation of a brief video documentary/interview, and the presentation of a public program. Presentation of a public program may include an artist talk, workshop, or other program and will take place within 18 months of the residency.

For: Visual Artists whose primary residence is Cuba
Award: $500 stipend, 18-day or 25-day residency
Dates: November 20-December 15, 2017 or otherwise negotiated
Deadline: February 5, 2017

Nearly 200 residencies and fellowships are now offered annually to creative professionals of all types, making Ragdale one of the largest interdisciplinary artists’ communities in the country. Each session, 13 artists-in-residence experience uninterrupted time for dedicated work on a 5-acre historic campus beside a beautiful 50-acre prairie, 30 miles north of Chicago. With live/work studios, all meals provided, and unmatched staff support, Ragdale lets artists focus on what’s most important: creating new work.

Fellowships help pay for the cost of residency, public programs, travel, and materials. Our fellowships recognize exceptional achievement as well as advance cultural exchange, emerging talent, social justice, and artists with special needs. The majority of our fellowships are underwritten by individuals on an annual basis. Fellowships support important new works, and they bring artists to our community who might not otherwise be able to join us.

Ragdale Ring Design Build Residency

Contemporary Redesign of Historic Performance Space at Artists’ Retreat

Ragdale, the nationally acclaimed artists’ residency in Lake Forest, Illinois invites architects, designers and artists to apply for the opportunity to design, build, and exhibit the 2017 Ragdale Ring, a temporary outdoor theatre to house summer concerts, performances, and events. Ragdale seeks proposals for a full-scale project and installation that consider contemporary, fanciful and functional interpretations of the original Ragdale Ring, designed by architect Howard Van Doren Shaw in 1912 as a garden theatre. 

Key dates:                          

March 3                             Deadline for submissions

March 4-19                         Jury process

March 20                             Notification of winning team

March/May                         Off-site Production

May 22- June 9                   Design/Build residency

June 8                                 Ragdale Ring complete


Location:                         Ragdale, 1260 N. Green Bay Road, Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

Production grant:            The recipient will receive a $15,000 production grant to fund the project.

Residency:                      Includes a large studio, room and board for up to 10 individuals for 18 days.

Information:                   See complete RFP for project guidelines, eligibility, application instructions and visuals at


The Ragdale Foundation

Ragdale is a non-profit artists’ residency located on Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s country estate in Lake Forest, 30 miles north of Chicago.  Today, Ragdale hosts up to 150 artists, writers and composers at all stages of their career for 18-25 day residencies each year, making it the one of the largest interdisciplinary artist communities in the country.