Founded in 2001, the Terra Summer Residency brings together doctoral scholars of American art and artists worldwide for a nine-week residential program in Giverny, France. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by established scholars and artists to foster reflection and debate. The Terra Summer Residency provides an opportunity for participants to widen their academic and creative horizons, explore international cultural perspectives, and forge lifelong exchanges and professional networks.
In addition to a stipend, fellows receive on-site lodging, use of working facilities, and lunches for the duration of the residency. The residency handbook provides more information about the location, facilities, and residency guidelines.
Given the international provenance of the fellows, and the communal nature of the foundation’s facilities in Giverny, this year’s residency is an online program.
Terra Summer Residency 2021 Fellows
- Juliette Bessette, Ph.D. Candidate, Sorbonne Université, academic profile
“The Art of Prospective. John McHale in Search of a “New Symbiosis” (1950-1978)” (working title)
Bessette’s research project focuses on an intellectual movement that sought to define new modalities of artistic creation in the context of the information society and in the aftermath of World War II. It follows the path of John McHale (1922–78), artist, critical writer, sociologist, and Futurologist.
- Caroline Culp, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University, academic profile
“The Memory of Copley: Afterlives of the American Portrait, 1765–1925”
Culp’s dissertation argues that John Singleton Copley’s portraits were viewed and experienced as magical repositories of human presence, believed to carry some vital relic of their sitters into the future.
- Jon Davies, Ph.D. Candidate, Stanford University, academic profile
“The Fountain: Art, Sex, and Queer Pedagogy in San Francisco, 1945–1995”
Davies’s dissertation examines the intertwining of artistic production, sexual practice, and pedagogy—formal and informal—in the Bay Area in San Francisco, CA, from the end of World War II to the ravages of the AIDS crisis fifty years later. By analyzing how artists taught and learned about non-normative sexual possibilities through their art and life practices, the paper argues their art historical value lies as much in how they capture the desires and energies behind the scenes as in their aesthetic qualities.
- Philippe Halbert, Ph.D. Candidate, Yale University, academic profile
“Body Politics: Consumption, Complexion, and Creolization”
Halbert’s dissertation considers the artistic and performative dimensions of creole identity in the French Atlantic World before 1800. Focusing on examples of individual self-fashioning, as well as larger modes of cultural mobility and cross-cultural entanglement, he considers the extent to which corporeal concerns shaped notions of colonial subjectivity, empire, and intimacy.
- Heidi Howard, Artist, Columbia University
Painting, artist website
Howard is a painter who strives to portray not only the outward likeness of her sitters, but also their thoughts, rhythms, and emotions. In recent years, she has started to focus her study of the sitter’s environments on home settings and the body’s relationship to flora and fauna.
- Daniel Jablonski, Artist, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
Installation, artist website
Jablonski’s installation considers the political and poetic usages of autobiography in contemporary art and literature. It started as an attempt to reconstitute the chronology of a life from its accumulated materials over the years. During the residency, his project is to write, record, mix, and master 34 audio tracks, in English and Portuguese, about selected objects pertaining to the original 3,200 item installation.
- Mrudula Kunatharaju, Artist, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Sculpture, installation, video, artist website
Through her works, Kunatharaju focuses on the roles of marginalized women and the common implications of restrictive standards imposed on the female.
- Marie-Christine Schoel, Ph.D. Candidate, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, academic profile
“Installation and Gender”
Schoel’s dissertation traces the implementation of site-specificity as a mode of addressing spatial relations in its gendered dimensions.
- Sarah Schorr, Artist, School of Visual Arts, NY
Photography and video, artist website
Schorr is investigating the color of water through the dual process of looking at gradations of color and gradations of emotion.
- Martyna Zielinska, Ph.D. Candidate, LARCA, Université de Paris and CNRS, academic profile
“Photography from a woman’s standpoint: American and British women photographers between 1890–1910 through the writings and photographic initiatives of Catharine Weed Barnes Ward (1851–1913)”
Zielinska’s project aims to rediscover the achievements of Catharine Weed Barnes Ward by accentuating the international context of her career as a photographer, journalist, and editor. By conducting a transatlantic analysis of topics that were important to her (such as women’s access to camera clubs, the photographic press, and optical and chemical knowledge), Zielinksa hopes to bring new ideas to how practices, photographic knowledge, and prints circulated between North America and Great Britain at the turn of the twentieth century.
Advisors and guests
- Walead Beshty
Artist and writer
- Hélène Guenin
Director, Musée d’art moderne et d’art contemporain de Nice
- Richard Meyer
Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor in Art History, Stanford University
Applications for the 2022 program will be open from October 15, 2021 to January 15, 2022.
Eligibility & Application Information
Candidates worldwide can apply. Applicants must be either:
- A doctoral candidate researching American art and visual culture or its role in a context of international artistic exchange prior to 1980. Candidates at the dissertation-writing stage are encouraged to apply.
- A visual artist with a master’s degree or its equivalent at the time of application. Preference is given to applicants who have completed their degree within the past five years.
Applicants must be recommended by their dissertation advisor or professor or previous art-school supervisor. Each professor may recommend a maximum of two candidates each year. (See the application form for full nomination and application procedures.)
Applicants for the Terra Summer Residency will be evaluated by an independent jury on intellectual and creative excellence, scholarly and artistic accomplishments, and ability to contribute in a collegial and interdisciplinary community. As the program’s working language of the program is English, all applicants are expected to be fluent; knowledge of French is an asset but not required.
The online application form for doctoral candidates and for artists will be made available in fall 2022.
Information about Funding
Terra Summer Residency fellows receive:
- A $5,000 stipend (artists receive an additional $300 for the purchase of materials);
- A travel contribution (up to $500 for individuals traveling from Europe, up to $1,200 for individuals traveling from the US and Canada, and up to $1,500 for individuals traveling from other destinations);
- Lodging in the Terra Foundation residences and daily lunches. Due to the nature and format of the program, the residency does not accommodate family members (including partners and children) or other guests.
Terra Summer Residency Fellows 2001–2020
View the Terra Summer Residency 10th Anniversary brochure, which includes a complete list of participants from 2001 to 2010 and sample presentations.