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Roger Brown Residencies: Two-week residencies
June 2014 through May 2015
New Buffalo, Michigan

Open to all Faculty in the degree program, and full-time SAIC Staff

New Buffalo description

One resident is selected for each two-week period, with exclusive use of the fully furnished, secluded house, guesthouse, and studio overlooking the Galien River on the east and across the street from Lake Michigan on the west. Architect George Veronda, Roger Brown's partner, designed the modernist glass and steel structure and its furnishings in 1979 as a showcase for Brown's extensive art collection. In 1998, Brown gave the property to SAIC as a gift, and since then it has been used as a year-round residency and retreat center. Located 75 miles from Chicago, it's a 1.5 hour drive or train commute. A car is recommended, but Amtrak’s Wolverine Line has daily service to New Buffalo, with a stop about 1/4 mile from the house.

All faculty and staff who receive residencies must consult their department heads or supervisors; the school does not underwrite substitute teachers for this purpose, and staff must claim PTO.

2014–15 Dates

Up to 25 residents are selected each year. Summer residencies are primarily awarded to full-time faculty, while part-time faculty, faculty on sabbatical or leave, and full-time staff are awarded residencies between September and May.

Residencies are typically 13 days in length—from a Tuesday morning to the next Sunday evening. Applicants should identify several potential dates, listing dates in order of descending preference.

June 3–15  
June 17–29  
July 8–13 One-week period
July 15–27  
July 29–August 10  
August 12–24  
August 26–September 7 Fall classes begin Wednesday, August 27
Labor Day: Monday, September 1
September 23–October 5  
October 21–November 2  
November 4–16  
November 18–30 Thanksgiving Break: November 26–30
December 2–14 CRIT Week: Monday, December 1–Friday,
December 5
Classes end Monday, December 15
December 16–28  
December 30–January 11 Winter classes begin Friday, January 2
January 13–25 Martin Luther King Day: Monday, January 19
Winter classes end Wednesday, January 21
Spring classes start Thursday, January 22
January 27–February 8  
February 10–22  
February 24–March 8 Daylight Savings: Sunday, March 9
March 10–22 Spring Break: March 19–22
March 24–April 5  
April 7–19  
April 21–May 3  
May 5–17 Spring classes end Sunday, May 10
Graduation: Saturday, May 11
May 20–31 Memorial Day: Monday, May 25
Summer classes begin Tuesday, May 26

Submitting an Application

By or before Monday March 3, send materials via email to saicteach@saic.edu, and entitle the email NB_Last name, as in NB_Smith.

The email(s) should include three documents:

  1. Summary and Dates: Name, Rank, Department, Hire date, 25-word summary of proposal, and preferred dates of residency (in descending order of preference)
  2. Proposal: One to two page description of project and its relevance to both your practice and the region or site, including the potential for completed works or outcomes.
  3. CV: Current résumé or curriculum vitae

Format each required document as a PDF (maximum file size of 25 MB) and use the file naming convention of "NB_Last Name_Document.pdf":

NB_Smith_Summary.pdf, NB_Smith_Proposal.pdf, and NB_Smith_cv.pdf