Idea Studio Summer Residency Program

The Fond du Lac Public Library Idea Studio’s Summer Residency Program is open to makers, artists, musicians, technologists, artisans and inventors. The program invites an individual to create their work in the Idea Studio and help the public explore a creative pursuit through the resident’s office hours, workshops and exhibitions.

Idea Studio 2019 Summer Residency Program

  • Two months (approximately June 10-August 16)
  • Applications due April 23, 2019. Final selection announced by May 8, 2019

Resident receives:

  • Access to Idea Studio during library open hours (except when studio programs are underway)
  • Limited storage for projects and materials
  • Use of Idea Studio equipment (most requires training), including non-commercial demonstration kitchen, work tables, 3-D scanner, 3-D printers, sewing machines, serger, button maker, comb binder, Silhouette cutter, recording studio, Carvey CNC cutter and printmaking press.
  • Option to exhibit work in Idea Studio and/or lower level of the library
  • Option to exhibit work in Langdon Divers Community Gallery October 2019
  • Option to initiate and/or collaborate on Idea Studio Community Art Project
  • Full ownership of all work(s) created during residency program
  • $750 stipend
  • Up to $500 reimbursed for supplies

Resident contributes:

  • 6 or more hours per week “office hours:” work time in Idea Studio when it’s open to the public
  • 3 public hands-on workshops during the residency (approx. June 10-August 16, 2019)
  • Creative output (project, piece(s), etc.) available for public viewing/access (resident is also encouraged to create one item that can be permanently given to the library for display)
  • Cooperation with library/Idea Studio for marketing (interviews, photo, video, etc.)

Who is eligible:

  • Anyone over the age of 18 who is able to fulfill the requirements of contribution (above)
  • Professionals and amateurs eligible
  • Not eligible: Employees of FDLPL and members of their households, and members of the Fond du Lac Public Library Board of Directors

Selection process:

  • A jury convened by library management will choose finalists, who will be interviewed by a library panel.
  • The panel will make their decision based on proposed idea, experience/skill and potential for patron engagement.


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2019 Applications have closed.