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Lillian E. Smith Center of Piedmont College

The Lillian E. Smith Center is a perfect place to find the peace and quiet of natural surroundings, positive spiritual energy, and the self-awareness so important to creative expression. Lillian Smith was certain of the value of these elements in an individual's creative growth and ability to understand his or her place in the world - along with the nature of social responsibility. The Artist Residency Program at the LES Center offers a retreat for individuals who pursue varied forms of artistic expression, critical inquiry, and social justice.

McClure-Scanlin Visual Art Residency Award

The Lillian E. Smith Center of Piedmont College is pleased to announce a new and exciting opportunity for visual artists in 2018. The McClure-Scanlin Visual Art Residency Award will provide a complimentary two-week retreat at the Center for an artist working in fiber/textiles, photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, etc. This award is made possible through a generous gift to Piedmont College from Tommye Scanlin, a long-time LES Center Fellow who has found inspiration for many years while in residence at this facility tucked away in the mountains of northeast Georgia. Primarily working in handwoven tapestry, Tommye is an artist who observes and responds to her surroundings for inspiration. One of her tapestries, “Because of Memory,” is a depiction of the rock formations on the chimney that marks Lillian Smith’s grave at the LES Center. Tommye and her husband, Thomas, are giving this award in honor of their mothers, who were both supportive of education and of following one’s chosen passions in life.

The deadline for application for this award is March 1, 2018. Applicants should indicate their desire to be considered for this award in the supporting documentation accompanying their application.

The Lillian E. Smith Writer-In-Service Award

The Lillian E. Smith Center sponsors the annual Writer-in-Service Award, which includes a two-week residency at the Center, a $500 honorarium, and a $500 travel allowance. Applications are usually accepted from November through mid-January, with the winner named in late February. The Award is open to U.S. residents working to advance writing through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc. While the work of writing instructors and volunteers is vital to the community, the demands often limit personal writing time. This award provides an opportunity for those writers who, like Lillian E. Smith, recognize “the power of the arts to transform the lives of all human beings.”
The deadline for application for this award is January 26, 2018.

Location

Clayton, Georgia: United States

Clayton (Rabun County), Georgia is located in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, an area of the state characterized by hilly terrain, lush forests, waterfalls, and lakes. The property is located approximately one mile from the Highway 76/441 intersection in Clayton. The entrance to the property from Highway 76 East is via Old Chechero Road to Hershey Lane (.10 mile). The core of the 130-acre property, where the extant structures and ruins of earlier buildings are located, is on the western slope of Screamer Mountain. Hershey Lane creates a one-way loop that provides access to the main structures of the LES Center. Lillian Smith is buried at the LES Center next to a large stone chimney. Her grave is situated next to a lovely garden and marked by a plaque inscribed with a quote from her book The Journey. There are currently three available cottages, two on top of a ridge of Screamer Mountain and one at the base of the property. There is a Common Room that is sometimes used for special occasions and also houses the laundry facilities offered to the residents. The Lillian E. Smith Writer-in-Service Award includes a two-week residency, a $500 honorarium, and a $300 travel allowance. The award is open to U.S. residents working to advance writing through public service careers or volunteer work. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, arts education, literacy instruction, prison arts and education, English as a second language instruction, art-related therapies, etc.

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 1-2 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 3
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 30

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Application deadline: March 01, January 26
  • Application Ongoing: Yes
  • Additional deadline info:
    January 15th is the application deadline for the Writer-in-Service Award. March 1st is the application for the McClure-Scanlin Visual Art Residency Award.

Past Residents & Quotes

"I completed rewrites on over a hundred pages of my novel manuscript! Thank you to everyone who keeps this artist residency program alive and well."
— Dana Wildsmith, author: Back to Abnormal

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Computer and internet connection provided in living or studio area (private), Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: no

Stipends / other support

The Lillian E. Smith Writer-in-Service Award is granted annually with a two-week complimentary residency, a $500 honorarium, and a $500 travel allowance. Consult the LES Center website for details.

Additional expectations / opportunities

http://www.piedmont.edu/artist-retreat

Contact Information

Piedmont College
P.O. Box 10
Demorest, Georgia 30535
United States