Residency Dates: February 21, 2021 - March 13, 2021
Application Deadline: September 20, 2020

We are very hopeful that we will be able to hold Residency #180 and have waived the application fee. Also, due to COVID-19 and the immense stress it has put on artists, ACA will be offering FULL scholarships to all accepted artists! The Board of Trustees and staff feel protecting our core mission is paramount, and are grateful to the Pabst Steinmetz Foundation for allowing us to make this commitment to funding exceptional artists during these times.

Charlie Hailey is a John Jeronimo, FAIA; Chair for Architects

Charlie Hailey is an architect, writer, and professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Florida. Hailey has received numerous awards and grants including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and a Graham Foundation grant. He has authored six books that bring multidisciplinary approaches to the built environment, and his newest On the Porch (Chicago, 2021) explores the porch as method and place—an architecture where we can tune ourselves, sometimes ever so subtly, to the many changes around us. Timeless and timely, it is a book about the joy and gravity of places where inside and outside meet.

Hailey’s work focuses on emergent built environments. His interdisciplinary projects seek to tell the stories of marginal places, to understand material cultures and cultural landscapes, and to discover links between human agency, settlement patterns, and ecology. At the University of Florida, Hailey teaches design, history, and theory. Inspired by work with Jersey Devil, his design/build studios mesh experiential learning with learning-by-doing and environmental design with public interest projects (Design/Build with Jersey Devil, Princeton Architectural Press, 2016). Built projects include a music pavilion, community center, outdoor education facility, sustainable bike trailer, recycled mobile theater, builder’s yard, outdoor classroom, and a series of coastal installations in Cedar Key, Florida.

His design and research have also explored camping as a way of making home (Campsite, 2008) and camps across the world as contemporary spaces of freedom as well as emergency (Camps, MIT Press, 2009). Recently, in a collaborative project with photographer Donovan Wylie in southern California’s Colorado Desert, Hailey found Slab City to be both harbinger and bellwether—a camp that is indicative of 21st-century displaced settlements and a place made amid struggle and survival (Slab City: Dispatches from the Last Free Place, MIT Press, 2018). He has also investigated human-made islands as newly emergent places that require innovative approaches to design, environment, climate, and conservation (Spoil Island: Reading the Makeshift Archipelago, Rowman & Littlefield, 2013).

As a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow, Hailey continued to delve deeply into vital places like camps and porches to understand how climate, building, and community overlap in meaningful ways and how architecture and the humanities intertwine. Such places are liminal yet pivotal to knowledge, ephemeral yet fundamental to human experience.

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Residency Statement  

I am very excited to work with artists and architects in any media. With the studio format as a mode of collaboration and feedback, we’ll meet as a group but will also have lots of time for individual conversations about your work. We can also engage with the ACA campus (its landscape, ecologies, habitats) and even the coastal environment around New Smyrna Beach.

I am interested in the process of making at the intersections of art and architecture. I’m also fascinated with margins and boundaries—whether they are found at the edges of practice, space, time, or place. They might occur between land and water, past and future, temporary and permanent, memory and matter, thinking and making, designing and building, climate change and resilience, one discipline and another, or any other frontiers that might intrigue and inspire you.

The size and scope of your work can range from full-scale constructs to something the size of your hand, or even smaller. Outcomes can be two-dimensional, three-dimensional, text-based, or a combination. Goals are to complete a focused project, but also to refine ways of working. I hope that both results will serve as springboards to future projects.

Application Requirements:
(Your materials may be submitted in any of the following file formats; .docx, .pdf, .jpg).

To be considered, please include the following items:

  1. Bio
  2. CV
  3. Letter of intent that outlines your goals and a proposed project (300 word maximum)
  4. Samples of previous work. This material can be submitted as a series of JPG’s (maximum of 15, limited to 5mb for each file) or as a single PDF (maximum of 15 pages). This dossier can include images of work, photographs, computer renderings, drawings, sketches, writing, and/or other media. Videos are also welcome (if longer than 10 minutes, please submit a link to the video in a PDF document).

Residency Fee: $900

Includes a $100 administration fee, weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.

Scholarships / Financial Assistance

Only accepted Associate Artists may apply for financial assistance.

For details, please visit the master artist details page.

 Application fee: FREE! Click here to Apply! ($25 fee has been waived)

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