Buckham Fine Arts Project is pleased to announce it is accepting submissions for its third Writer In Residence!
BFAP: Writer In Residence
Buckham Fine Arts Project launched its Writer In Residence project in early 2021 to engage contemporary literary arts and Flint’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) community. The Resident Writer produces written components responding to each exhibition. This collaboration provides an opportunity for the writer to engage with their interest in visual art and gain exposure for their literary work, while engaging Flint’s BIPOC community in a meaningful way. BFAP is actively seeking to grow deeper ties within our community. Compositions will be compiled with exhibition programming in a publication at the season’s end, September 2023.
A single literary artist will be selected for the 2022 - 2023 residency. They will receive an honorarium of $2,500 exemplifying BFAP’s commitment to supporting contemporary arts in our community.
“There is so much creative energy in Flint and Buckham is always looking to support artists while providing opportunities to engage with sometimes challenging contemporary art and experience new ways of looking and thinking,” shared Michele Leclaire, Buckham's Executive Director.
Letter of Intent describing your interests in collaborating with BFAP and visual arts.
Current CV or resume
Original writing sample(s)
Submissions must be made by September 15, 2022.
A short list of artists will be interviewed prior to award of residency.
All applicants will be notified by October 15, 2022
The selected literary artist will receive an honorarium totaling $2,500 and membership to the Buckham Arts Collective for the period of the residency including invitations to engage with Buckham’s artist community.
The selected literary artist is expected to attend exhibitions in person, schedule provided, and create 25 written compositions to Buckham Gallery’s presented exhibitions.
Participate in six events during the residency period.
2022-2023 WIR Review Panel:
Kelli Crump Kelli Crump has an MFA in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory, is a graduate of Central Michigan University, and has studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and is currently earning an MA in Arts Administration from the University of Michigan-Flint. She is a recipient of the NAPAT Classical Acting Award and the VASTA Vocal Excellence Award presented by KCACTF. Kelli is a proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.
Kelli Crump is Visiting Assistant Professor at Oakland University and a member of Buckham Fine Arts Project’s Board of Directors.
Babak Elahi Babak Elahi is Head of Liberal Studies at Kettering University. He holds a PhD in American literature from the University of Rochester. His essays on American literature, the Iranian diaspora, documentary film, Iranian literature, and sartorial cultures have appeared inThe International Journal of Fashion Studies, Afterimage, Cultural Studies, and other journals and anthologies. His Persian-to-English translation of Hafez Khiavi’s short story “The Moon Shone on the Grave” was published in the anthology Shades of Truth: Iranian Short Fiction of the Fifth Generation (Mazda, 2019). He is the author of The Fabric of American Literary Realism: Readymade Clothing, Social Mobility, and Assimilation (McFarland, 2009).
Michele Leclaire Michele Leclaire has served Buckham Fine Arts Project as Executive Director (2020) and Exhibition Director since 2018. As Executive Director, she grows Buckham's organizational capacity and community impact by leveraging the talent and enthusiasm of the Board of Directors and artist collective to bring challenging, contemporary art to downtown Flint. This includes the development of new programming such as the Cider & Slides events to provide our community with opportunities to deeply engage with contemporary artistic practice and BFAP’s Writer In Residence program. Leclaire earned an MFA in painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2006.
SEEKING SPONSORS Do you have a business? Buckham Fine Arts Project is currently looking for sponsors to help us publish the second BFAP: Writer In Residence book, featuring Natasha Thomas. WIR Sponsors will be featured in the printed publication, Buckham Gallery's website, frequently mentioned on social media, and other ways to show our gratitude.
Buckham Gallery is funded by the following organizations:
Generous support is provided by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Our activities are sponsored in part by an award from the MICHIGAN ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL and the NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.
This program is sponsored by the Greater Flint Arts Council Share Art Genesee Grant Program made possible by the Genesee County Arts Education and Cultural Millage funds. Your tax dollars are at work!