artist-in-residence program

Ballet Des Moines is pleased to continue the second year of its artist-in-residence program by selecting its winter artist-in-residence, Sierra Cavalier.

Sierra Cavalier is a cloth doll artist, living in Des Moines. She creates one of a kind creations under the shop name Luna and Fig. Her work hasbeen sold worldwide through etsy and is locally available at Five Monkeys Inc. Her dream is to create dolls that embody a sense of magic and the ballet will serve as an excellent inspiration source for this new collection.

“Once again, we were moved by the talent, innovation and passion proposed by all of the Winter Artist-in-Residence applicants,” said Laurel Knox, Executive Director, Ballet Des Moines. “And once again, it was difficult to choose one artist to work with us; however, Sierra’s dolls felt like the right fit to reflect the magic of the holidays, and The Nutcracker in particular. We felt it was almost as if she was The Nutcracker's toymaker in real life — and believe the whimsy and creativity of her dolls will spark the imagination of both young and old this season.”

The artist will work with Ballet Des Moines through the winter performance of The Nutcracker, December 8 - 10 at Hoyt Sherman Place. A one-night exhibition will be slated for the week prior to the performance to showcase the artist-in- residence completed project.

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Sierra will work with Ballet Des Moines through the winter performance of The Nutcracker, December 8 - 10 at Hoyt Sherman Place. A one-night exhibition will be slated for the week prior to the performance to showcase the artists-in-residence completed projects.

 

A collection of one-of-a-kind dolls created by Sierra Cavalier.

A collection of one-of-a-kind dolls created by Sierra Cavalier.

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE program OVERVIEW

The artist-in-residence program at Ballet Des Moines exists because we believe inspiration comes from both within our walls and outside of them. This innovative program provides an opportunity for local artists to be inspired, explore and create projects which we believe, will create inspiration to the artist, our ballet and our city.

 

Program Details

The artist-in-residence (AIR) is a six week program, consisting of four weeks to work on their personal project, a fifth week to hold a one-night exhibition, and the sixth week concluding with the Ballet’s production. In addition to a personal project, artists are asked to submit an idea for a community project. Activation of the project will be dependent on time and resources, to be determined between the AIR and Executive Director.

Artists will have workspace located within the Ballet Des Moines studio during their residency. This space is located within the upper costume and prop loft where the artist can observe the dancers’ practice space below. If additional time with the dancers is required/requested, access outside of dedicated studio practice is up to the artist/dancer to coordinate. 

The artist-in-residence has no specific hour requirements as part of the residency, other than the time it creates to produce their personal and community project. Weekly check-ins will be scheduled to help support the artist as needed.

The artist-in-residence will receive $500 for their time, which is also to be used for supplies. Work produced during the residency exists as shared, non-exclusive rights, so that the work and images can be used by Ballet Des Moines. Proceeds from work sold during the residency exhibit is split 50/50 between the artist and BDM.

While all types of artists will be considered for the residency, we do have to be mindful of studio space restrictions. However, we’re eager to explore all types of artists and artistry and find a solution that will work.

 

Application Process

The application process includes an artist’s statement, initial idea for a personal project as well as a community project. Three samples of artwork are required for submission along with a $25 application fee.

 

Residency Periods

Fall: September 6 – October 20

Application period: July 24 – August 18

Artist Announced: August 23

Winter: October 30 – December 10

Application period: October 2 – October 21

Artist Announced: October 24

Spring: February 19 – March 31

Application period: January 3 – February 2

Artist Announced: February 6

 

For questions regarding the residency program, contact the Ballet Des Moines Executive Director, Laurel Knox.

The Raven and the Queen, created by Spring 2017 Artist-in-Residence Amenda Tate Corso and her robot Manibus.

An image from the body of work Heirloom Anthology at the Ballet, created by Christine Hilbert, the Winter 2016 Artist-in-Residence.

An image from the body of work Heirloom Anthology at the Ballet, created by Christine Hilbert, the Winter 2016 Artist-in-Residence.