Thank you for your interest in the Terra Summer Residency. We are not offering the Terra Summer Residency at this time. We are currently working to make the program more equitable and inclusive, ensure our facility and resources are accessible, and respond to the challenges of hosting in-person residencies during the pandemic’s continued unpredictability.
You can read a letter from our president to learn more about our commitment to revisioning our entire program portfolio to work toward creating a more equitable future for American art together.
The Terra Summer Residency is the foundation’s annual, interdisciplinary program for doctoral scholars and artists worldwide. The program encourages independent work while providing seminars and mentoring by scholars and artists to foster reflection and debate.
Located in the foundation’s houses in Giverny, France (about one hour from Paris), the nine-week residency aims to provide participants with an opportunity to listen and learn from each other, to compare cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives, and to form professional networks and collaborations. In addition to a stipend, fellows receive on-site lodging, use of working facilities, lunches, and weekly round-trip train tickets to Paris.
Information about the residency
Giverny is both a small historic village (year-round population under 500) and a tourist destination, due to the Monet House and Gardens. It has no supermarket or any other grocery shops. The nearest town, Vernon, is 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) from Giverny. It has all the facilities fellows might need during their stay: banks, post offices, shopping centers, health professionals, leisure and sports equipment, restaurants and cafés, among other amenities.
The Terra Foundation’s four residential properties are in Giverny, France, circa 75 km (47 miles) from Paris. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, the properties offer an environment conducive to focused work, discussion, and collaboration.
Each house includes:
- Individual bedrooms with study space
- Shared bathrooms
- Fully equipped communal kitchen
- Laundry room
- Living room
- Shared workspace with printer
- Private parking
- Bedding and linens
- Free use of bicycles
- Free use of shared car
- Cleaning and house maintenance
Working facilities and resources
Within walking distance of the residential houses, the working hub of the residency called Le Hameau (the hamlet), comprises:
- artists’ studios
- a seminar room
- two shared study spaces
- the offices of the foundation’s residency staff
Holdings from the Terra Foundation Library of American Art in Paris are brought to Giverny upon request for the duration of the resident’s stay. This library is exclusively devoted to the visual arts of the United States from the eighteenth century to 1980, and some contemporary art.
Artists are responsible for acquiring the materials necessary to make their work. Supplies can be purchased in fine art stores in Paris or hardware stores near Giverny. Basic tools are available upon request; however, the foundation does not provide fully equipped workshops, photographic, or computer imaging equipment.
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.