Residency Dates: May 14, 2023 - June 03, 2023
Application Deadline: December 04, 2022

Sky Hopinka (Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians) was born and raised in Ferndale, Washington and spent a number of years in Palm Springs and Riverside, California, Portland, Oregon, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In Portland he studied and taught chinuk wawa, a language indigenous to the Lower Columbia River Basin. His video, photo, and text work centers around personal positions of Indigenous homeland and landscape, designs of language as containers of culture expressed through personal, documentary, and non fiction forms of media. He received his BA from Portland State University in Liberal Arts and his MFA in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and currently teaches at Bard College in Film and Electronic Arts.
His work has played at various festivals including Sundance, Toronto International Film Festival, Ann Arbor, Courtisane Festival, Punto de Vista, and the New York Film Festival. His work was a part of the 2017 Whitney Biennial, the 2018 FRONT Triennial and Prospect.5. He was a guest curator at the 2019 Whitney Biennial and participated in Cosmopolis #2 at the Centre Pompidou. He has had solo exhibitions at the Great Poor Farm Experiment in 2019 and at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, in 2020. He was awarded the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker at the 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival, the New Cinema Award at the Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and the Mary L. Nohl Fund Fellowship for Individual Artists in the Emerging artist category for 2018. He was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in 2018- 2019, a Sundance Art of Nonfiction Fellow for 2019, an Art Matters Fellow in 2019, a recipient of a 2020 Alpert Award for Film/Video, a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow, and is a 2021 Forge Project Fellow.

Residency Statement:

I’m looking for artists who are working in film, video, writing, or photography who have an understanding of their practice and their process, and who are either looking to edit a project in process, shoot and make while at the residency, write poems every day, or a little bit of all of that.  I want you to be ready to share works in progress, share ideas, respond to the landscape, and be ready to hit the ground running.  I’d like to meet one on one in studio visits, nothing too formal, and to meet as a group to talk and visit and critique work.

Application Requirements:


-One page proposal of what you’d like to work on while at the residency

-Up to 15 minutes of Film/Video samples (if necessary)

-10-15 images of photo-based work (if necessary)

-5-10 pages of writing samples

Residency Fee:

Waived for this Residency (Includes weekday meals and housing; does not include artist materials, transportation, or weekend meals.)

For details, please visit the Mentoring Artist details page.

Application fee: $25 Click here to Apply!

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