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Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride

Hinge Arts at the Kirkbride is a community development and artist residency program in Fergus Falls, Minnesota which activates cultural programming at or related to the historic Fergus Falls State Hospital, or the “Kirkbride Building.”

Launched in Spring 2015, Hinge Arts is intended to create opportunities where artists and community members gather to explore themes of transition, connection, and innovation inspired by the community’s 124 years of hosting a state mental institution.

The name “Hinge” is inspired by a belief that artists play a key role in connecting our past with our future. The name is a deliberate response to the word “unhinged” as it relates to mental illness.

Applications will open in December 2017 and will be due March 7, 2018 for residencies taking place July 2018 through December 2018.

Artists in the U.S. of all career levels and disciplines are welcome to apply.

Two types of residencies are available:

Career Development Residency: 3-5 artists are selected for this type of residency. Designed to provide time and space for artists to break from their daily routines and focus on their own self-driven projects in a supportive community, artists can apply for this residency for a minimum of 2 weeks, and a maximum of 8 weeks.

Homecoming Residency: 3 - 5 artists will be selected for this type of residency, which is new this year! In an effort to help artists reconnect with their home region, we are looking for artists who grew up (or spent a portion of their childhood) in one of the 9 counties of West Central Minnesota ( Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin ). Artists in this program receive living stipend of $100/week, and are eligible for up to $1500 in project support for an actionable idea to collaborate with or engage with their home region through their artistic practice.


Fergus Falls, Minnesota: United States

Fergus Falls is in West Central Minnesota, approximately 3 hours north of the Twin Cities, and 1 hour south of Fargo, North Dakota.


  • Residency Length: 2 weeks to 12 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 2
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 15
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 55


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists
  • Application deadline: September 01
  • Additional deadline info:
    Applications are due September 1, 2018 for residencies taking place January through June 2019.

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    Artists live in newly renovated apartments that were formally nurses dormitories for the Fergus Falls State Hospital.
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
    Residents make their own meals and purchase their food.
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
    While we do not have restrictions on guests/companions, artists should note that lodging accommodations are either studio or one bedroom apartments and space for additional companions is limited.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Dance / Choreography, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Music studio (non-recording), Painting, Theater, Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    Artists are connected to partner organizations throughout Fergus Falls for appropriate studio space. Partners include the Kaddatz Gallery, A Center for the Arts, The Fergus Falls Public Library, and Minnesota State Community and Technical College.
  • Other facilities and services: Springboard for the Arts' artist resource center in downtown Fergus Falls is available to resident artists for printing and computer, meeting space, and more.

Residency Fees


Stipends / other support

Up to $250 in travel support for artists traveling from outside of Minnesota. Up to $1500 in project support, $100/month for Homecoming residencies only.

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

201 West Lincoln Ave
Fergus Falls, Minnesota 56537
United States